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Is the mystery of God’s plan fulfilled in Jesus the Messiah?

Is the mystery of God’s plan fulfilled in Jesus the Messiah?

The message of the Messiah’s sacrifice for missing God’s goal (aka sin) and His resurrection (the message that Paul refers to as “the faith”) is easy to understand. The basic gospel message is simple enough for even the youngest believer, but it is also a humbling mystery that was only hinted at throughout the time of the Old Agreement. Now God’s plan of salvation has been revealed in His Son, Jesus the Messiah, and we are held responsible to “hold” that message firmly.

When Paul advises Timothy to appoint deacons who “hold to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience,” he is telling Timothy to find mature believers — men who understand the message of the gospel and are living it out. “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!” (Romans 11:33). Oh, the condescension of the Messiah who has made manifest the mysteries of heaven to us!

Why are some things a mystery with God?

Mystery

Some things are a mystery. I think I have a “right” to know what’s going on.

Jesus shows me the way in that I don’t have to know. I don’t have a right to know.

God is God. God alone knows some things. Even Jesus doesn’t know.

That is the way it is in the country where Jesus is King. Jesus is appointed King by God. God only knows.

Has it been granted to us to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God?

Mystery

Whenever I hear the word “mystery”, my curiosity kicks in. I want to know.

A “mystery” in the New Testament is something that had at one time been hidden but is now revealed to God’s people.

Now that is cool. We get to know stuff that no one else does. That shows you just how good God is.

To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. ~Jesus | Matthew 13:11

There are “mysteries” that are no longer mysterious to the child of God. “The mystery of faith” is the divinely revealed truth about grace, redemption, and forgiveness in the Messiah. It is hard (impossible even) to understand those until you begin to mature as a disciple of Jesus. As a citizen of the country that Jesus is King of, we get that insight. Unbelievers and atheist don’t get it.

Here are some the amazing things that are described as mysteries that we know about that others don’t.

  • Jesus’ incarnation (1 Timothy 3:16)
  • The indwelling of the Spirit (Colossians 1:26–27)
  • The unity of the church (Ephesians 3:4–6)
  • The rapture (1 Corinthians 15:51–52)
  • And the good news itself (Colossians 4:3)

The mystery of faith is a term that occurs in 1 Timothy 3:9. “Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain, but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

Depending on the English translation, the Greek phrase τὸ μυστήριον τῆς πίστεως is translated “the mystery of faith,” “the mystery of the faith,” or “the deep truths of the faith.”

How do we tap into the mystery of faith?

The mystery of faith is a term that occurs in 1 Timothy 3:9.

Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain, but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

Whenever I hear the word “mystery”, my curiosity kicks in. I want to know.

Depending on the English translation, the Greek phrase τὸ μυστήριον τῆς πίστεως is translated “the mystery of faith,” “the mystery of the faith,” or “the deep truths of the faith.”