“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory.” 1 Cor 2:7
It is imperative for God’s elect who are established in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to be good stewards of the mysteries of God. Spiritual mysteries hidden in Christ transforms our life and protects us from false teaching confronting the church today. The Greek word translated mystery implies an idea of a hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the carnal mind. In the OT ‘mysteries’ referred to God’s purposes which cannot be known by man apart from God’s special revelation in Scripture or by His prophets. Dan 2:18-23, Dan 2: 27-30. In the NT, the ‘mysteries’ conveys eternal truths that had not been revealed to mankind during OT times but are now revealed to the world through the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. Col 1:26; Eph 3:4-5; Rom 16:25-26; 1 Pet 1:10-12.
The mysteries reveal God’s Person, eternal purpose and sovereign plan.
Faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness open better understanding and believing in the mysteries of God. The benefits are immense namely, genuine salvation experience with God, knowledge about problems of evil and power to triumph over evil at work in our world today. Let us explore some of it benefits :
- The Mysteries Of God Establishes Our Call
God’s elect are responsible to know and make known the mysteries of God. 1 Cor 2:7 ; 1 Cor 4:1 These mysteries are foolishness to the natural man because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Cor 2:14 The treasure hidden within these mysteries can only be understood with the help of God’s Holy Spirit because they are truths which man cannot comprehend by experience, reason or human philosophy. God’s elect ought to pray for God to give the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God. Eph 1:17-18 God’s elect are supposed to be stewards of these mysteries. A steward is both a faithful servant and wise overseer of a household. Lk 12:42-43 A steward’s responsibility is to administer the wealth of the household according to his Master’s will. As stewards of the mysteries of God, we must faithfully dispense the spiritual riches of the Gospel of God’s Righteousness to the lost world. We will be persecuted for faithfully preaching these mysteries. Col 1:24-27 ; Col 4:3-4 These mysteries contain the unsearchable riches of Christ pertaining to His redemptive plan for the salvation of man.
- The Mysteries of God Establishes Our Faith
It is through clear understanding of these mysteries that we can be established in the faith. Faithful preaching of the mysteries brings about the obedience of faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. Rom 16:25-26;
2 Thess 2:13-17 Preaching of the Gospel is the means by which God establishes His people in true faith and holiness. The Gospel is a mystery of God. Eph 6:19 This Gospel is the same one Jesus preached and which also reveals to us His divinity, humanity, ministry, righteousness, baptism, death and resurrection. The true church of God will be established according to the revelation of the mystery. In context, this refers to the mystery of the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which includes within it all the other specific mysteries of God mentioned in the NT. These mysteries cannot be known or discovered by human reason or intellect. They are beyond the ability of mere man to fully explain such as the doctrine of Trinity. These mysteries are the glorious result of the eternal wisdom, love and counsel of God. They contain unfathomable riches of glory, so as to surpass the limits of human knowledge. Eph 3:19 These mysteries are things which even angels desire to look into. 1 Pet 1:12
- The Mysteries of God Establishes Our Church
NCCkl is built on the mysteries of God which was kept hidden since the world began. This does not mean that this mystery of the Gospel of God’s Righteousness was entirely unknown in the ages past. In fact, the first prophecy of the incarnation was given to Adam after the fall. Gen 3:15 Christ was revealed to Abraham John 8:56, Moses in Leviticus, David in Ps 22, Isaiah in Isa 53 and others. However they were given only a partial revelation. The mysteries were hidden within OT. Prophetic typology such as the OT priesthood, tabernacle, temple, sacrifices were shadows of the things to come. Heb 8:1-5 At NCCkl, we are able to become faithful stewards of the mysteries of God because the Holy Spirit constantly unveils the hidden secrets of God’s salvation through the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. God’s elect ought to preach the Gospel, reveal the mysteries of God’s will, teach others how to enter the Kingdom of God, open their spiritual blindness and help others to understand the mystery of iniquity and its consequences.
These mysteries of God reveal how everything is working together toward one glorious eternal purpose hidden in Christ. The mysteries protect NCCkl from false teachings, demonic deceptions and falling into mere religious fervour. Let us be faithful stewards of the mysteries of God.