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We explore once more the mystery

September 7, 2018

Colossians-1 28

The Verse of the Day for September 7, 2018 comes from Colossians 1:28, but to comprehend more fully, we need to examine the preceding verses as well where Paul makes reference to the Church, the Body of Christ which is described in a most unusual manner:

Ephesians 1:26-28 (Revised Standard Version):

26 the mystery hidden for ages and generation but now made manifest to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man mature in Christ.

A previous blog entry devoted to this passage from Colossians 1:27-28 mentions the concept of “the mystery” which Dr. Mark Hanby refers to as part of the “progressive revelation of God”—reflected in God’s desire for a dwelling place, displayed in the Tabernacle in the Wilderness (first dimension) leading to Solomon’s Temple (second dimension), and culminating in the Temple of the Living God, the body of Christ (third dimension).

Derived from the Greek word musterion, translated “sacred secret,” the essence of “this mystery” is that Jews and Gentiles would be united in one body, the Body of Christ. The late Morris Cerullo referred to this concept as the greatest miracle since the creation of Adam and Eve.” This “great mystery” was hidden in Christ before the foundations of the Earth.  Had Satan known this mystery or great secret, the Scriptures declare that he never would have crucified the Lord of glory, Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul was the first to receive this revelation, as the context of the Verse of the Day indicates.

In Chapter 3 of Ephesians, Paul speaks of the spiritual impact that the Church, the Body of Christ, was designed to demonstrate:

Ephesians 3:10 (New Living Translation)

God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.

God’s desire is that members of the Body of Christ, both individually and corporately, might know and apprehend more fully the meaning of the mystery of the one body. Because Jesus Christ broke down the middle wall of partition between Jews and Gentiles, we can now see what others could not see. Moses in the Wilderness glimpsed the backside of the glory of God from the cleft of the rock. Even then, the presence of the glory of God was so brilliant that a veil or covering had to be placed over his face when he spoke to the Children of Israel.

In the Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem, the Queen of Sheba also glimpsed the backside of the glory of God from the Court of the Gentiles. Such a glance overwhelmed her, leaving her speechless. In contrast, the believers today are members of the Body of Christ described in this unique way:

2 Corinthians 3:18 (New Living Translation):

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

Another synonym for mystery is “secret counse,l” used to describe “mystery of His will” used in Ephesians 1:9, one of the verses to introduce this poetic reflection

The Mystery of His Will        

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and  

knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments,

and his ways past finding out!

Romans 11:33

 

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,

according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 

Ephesians 1:9

 

Though we seek to plummet the depths of God’s wisdom,

We barely touch the surface, for there is always more

To explore as He unfolds the mysteries of the Kingdom:

A measure of our inheritance laid in store.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing,

But the honor of kings is to search out a matter,

To see what jewels of knowledge their searching may bring.

Beyond former days is the glory of the latter,

Where God freely pours out His spirit upon all flesh.

As His will unfolds, we too see just how close we are.

He draws us even closer to bless and refresh,

As we know Him intimately, not from afar.

In such treasured moments we are quiet and still,

As we explore once more the mystery of His will.

Now that the great secret is no longer a mystery, we can share the riches of the glory of this mystery which is Christ in you and me, the hope of glory”:

We close as Charlie LeBlanc offers this musical reminder that it’s “Christ in You!” (Hosanna! Music)”: