God’s Mystery

Preaching the Word of God

The Mystery of God that had been hidden for ages is now revealed to the Saints. What is a mystery and what specifically is this “Mystery of God” referred to by Paul? The purpose of this study is to understand the mystery of God.

Col 1:26 The mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.

There are several definitions for the word mystery. One definition defines mystery as something not fully understood or something that baffles or eludes the understanding: an enigma. The definition of the word mystery in a religious sense is a religious truth that is incomprehensible to the reason and knowable only through divine revelation.

The word mystery occurs more than twenty times in the New Testament. It appears in the Gospels, the writings of Paul, and John. Paul uses this term more by far than any of the others, however, most of these twenty references are about the “Mystery of God” through Christ and His work on the cross.

1Co 2:7 -8 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:[8] Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory

Just a few verses earlier Paul states what a summary of this mystery might be, For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified (1 Cor 2:2).

The Bible is a mystery book and at its heart is the greatest mystery ever discovered. It is the most important mystery a person could seek to understand. The Bible is much like any other mystery book that you might read. It starts with a major event taking place early in the book and the mystery included in this event becomes understood (revealed) little by little and is revealed as we progress through the Bible with the final key to understanding coming at the end.

A modern mystery book usually contains a villain and a good guy with both being exposed for who they are at the end of the book. This holds true with the “Mystery of God:.

A major event takes place early in the Bible and is revealed little by little as we progress/read from Genesis to Revelation. The “good guy” is Jesus, and the “bad guy” is Satan. The evil event is first mentioned in Genesis chapter three where Satan encourages Adam and Eve to rebel and disobey God. However as we read the Bible, we will discover that the “Mystery of God” actually started before the world was created.

Paul tells us  that God created a plan because of His foreknowledge of Satan successfully tempting Adam and Eve to disobey God as recorded in Genesis chapter 3.

God’s wisdom (plan) that had been hidden was foreordained before the world was created (above 1Co 2:7 -8).

Therefore, the mystery starts before the event because of the foreknowledge of God. He foreknew of the evil activities of Satan and put a plan in place to defeat him.

This plan was kept secret (a mystery) to allow humans the  “freedom to chose” to obey or disobey God and to suffer the consequences of their decision. “God’s Mystery” allows humans “free choice” to coexist with God’s foreordained plan of redemption/restoration through faith in the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.

The final step, the completion of the “Mystery of God” is revealed in the final section of the Bible, the book of Revelation. Just before the final trumpet that initiates the final events for this world’s destruction, God’s Word says “let there be no more delay the mystery of God should be finished (Rev 10:7).

Rev 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

What is this “Mystery of God”?  To understand it the Bible says a person must be born again of the Spirit of God. We must have the Spirit of God in us to interpret (The Spirit gives us understanding). The concept of being born again is a critical element of the mystery of God that we will discuss when we discuss “the mystery of Christ in you” (Col 1:27).

If a person does not already have the Spirit of God as a companion, it is my prayer that during this study they will be “born again” of the Holy Spirit, then the Holy Spirit will lead the person to a full understanding of “God’s Mystery”.

God’s Mystery

Mystery of God Intro

God’s Mystery Paradox

God’s Plan a Mystery

Mystery of the Kingdom

Mystery of Christ

Mystery of Resurrection 

Mystery Christ in You

Mystery of Godliness

Mystery of Church

Mystery of God’s Will

Mystery of the Seven Churches

Mystery of Iniquity

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