Saturday, February 11, 2023

Mysteries Revealed

There are discussions and claims today about discovering new “revelations” of God by accessing the “spirit realm” through visions, dreams, and other subjective personal experiences, insights into things beyond what is recorded in the New Testament. One of the so-called “Facebook prophets,” for example, divines the future from baseball scores. Perhaps God has been holding back information from His people until now.

The Bible certainly does refer to the “Mysteries” of God, His unexpected ways that differ radically from human wisdom, truths that have been hidden from men in times past.

Sunrise Photo by Terry Tan De Hao on Unsplash
[Photo by Terry Tan De Hao on Unsplash]

Moreover, Jesus declared that not everyone can understand the “
mysteries of the kingdom.” It is God who reveals the deep and hidden things to whomever He pleases, but the New Testament also teaches that what was once hidden is now been revealed in God’s Son, especially in his Death and Resurrection.

God did not disclose the true understanding of His redemptive plans until the appropriate time. The “mystery kept silent in past ages has been manifested,” namely, the “obedience of faith for all the nations” made known through the “proclamation of Jesus,” the one whom He sent “in the fullness of time” - (Romans 16:25-27, Galatians 4:4, Ephesians 2:9-22, 3:3-11, Colossians 1:25-27).

God certainly revealed truth in the Levitical system with its animal sacrifices, but that earlier word was partial and incomplete. - “In many parts and many ways of old” God spoke to Israel “in the prophets,” but now, “upon the last of these days,” He has spoken to us “in His Son” - (Hebrews 1:1).

The revelation of Who God is has been available to everyone since the Death, Resurrection, and the Ascension of Jesus and the outpouring of the Spirit on Pentecost. He is not now withholding that knowledge until some future generation or company of “forerunners” with special insight.

The prophets foretold the salvation that would be revealed by the Messiah, but they did not comprehend the details of the promise. They mediated this information “not to themselves but to us, which things have now been announced to you” - (1 Peter 1:10-12).

The “mystery” previously concealed was revealed in Jesus at the appointed season, and above all, in his death and resurrection.  The “Law and the Prophets” were vital parts of God’s revelation. However, in them, many of His “mysteries” remained hidden.

The rituals of the Mosaic Legislation have been fulfilled in the “Word made flesh,” and many of the things of the old order have been relegated to the status of “shadows and types.” To return now to those outmoded forms would mean bondage under “elemental things,” regression to an older and incomplete stage of God’s redemptive plans - (Galatians 4:8-11, Ephesians 6:8-12, Colossians 2:16-17).

His “mysteries” are unveiled in Jesus, and they are available to everyone who hears the “Word of the Son.” Moses gave the Law, but “Grace and Truth came to be in Jesus,” the one in whom the knowledge of the Father is revealed.

There is, therefore, no justification for seeking to obtain a deeper understanding of God from secret knowledge or mystical experiences. By God’s grace and His written Word, believers may behold the glory and fullness of Yahweh in the “face of Jesus Christ.”

  • Famine for the Word - (The contemporary church is plagued by famine for hearing the words of God, but one that is a self-inflicted wound)
  • Ignoring Scripture - (Was the Apostle Paul serious when he exhorted Timothy to only appoint elders and ministers who were above reproach?)