Never has there been a book so widely read as the Bible and yet so greatly misunderstood. It is the proverbial riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
What most do not understand is that it was delivered and written this way on purpose. Without revelation from God NO ONE can comprehend the Mysteries of the Bible.
But NOW in this last era more has been revealed than ever before. And if God is working with you now, as I believe He is, then you can indeed understand these Mysteries of the Bible.
Many of these concepts are seemingly simple to the those that have had their mind opened, but we must realize that the gift of this understanding has not been given to the world. Sometimes the world catches a glimpse of one of the mysteries contained in the Bible, but NONE see them all…hence why they are called mysteries.
The Bible as a whole is a Mystery from Genesis to Revelation, but for the purposes of this series, we are only going to look at what has been explicitly called a mystery by a few of the writers of the words we have before us.
A search on the word “mystery” or “mysteries” was simply done and that is what we will begin to go over today
1. Mystery of God
The world’s idea of God – many and varied from amorphous to monster like, one to many, nice, mean, disinterested – it varies, which is why we read what we do in:
Colossians 2:2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ,
Colossians 2:3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
What is the Nature of God?
One God, Two beings — They are a Family now
Hebrews 1:1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,
Hebrews 1:2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
Hebrews 1:3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Hebrews 1:4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
Hebrews 1:5 For to which of the angels did He ever say: “YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU”? And again: “I WILL BE TO HIM A FATHER, AND HE SHALL BE TO ME A SON“?
They have always been a family
“ELOHIM”— Collective noun showing that God is more than one being
Genesis 1:26 Then God [Elohim] said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; ….
“im” on the end of Hebrew words makes them plural
Some believe that they weren’t a family from the beginning and others say that they only became one when
John 3:17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Some still want to contend that there are more than two. Referring to the trinity
Could God still be a Trinity?
The Trinity maintains that God is three distinct persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) in a single being.
“One God in three persons” who are co-equal
The Father is God, The Son is God and the Holy Spirit is God but they are not each other.
Of course the problem comes from the fact that the Holy Spirit is thought of as a person in this triad.
The Holy Spirit simply put is the power of God
Luke 24:49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
The Father and Son are not equal as the trinity purports
John 10:29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.
John 10:30 I and My Father are one.”
Omission of the Holy Spirit
If they were inseparable co-equals, what an insult and glaring omission it would have been for Paul to write what he did in our opening scripture to this section, where he gives all credit to Father and the Son
BACK TO: Colossians 2:2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ,
Colossians 2:3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
We even “look” alike, Notice how God manifests Himself
Revelation 1:13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.
Revelation 1:14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;
Revelation 1:15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;
Revelation 1:16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
A. Mystery of the Wisdom of God
Recalling Colossians 2:2-3 …to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ,
in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
1 Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,
1 Corinthians 2:8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: “EYE HAS NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD, NOR HAVE ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN THE THINGS WHICH GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.”
WHY IS THIS?
1 Corinthians 2:10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
B. Mystery of God’s Will
Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
Ephesians 1:8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,
Ephesians 1:9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,
Ephesians 1:5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
G5206 υἱοθεσία uihothesia hwee-oth-es-ee’-ah
G5207 υἱός uihos hwee-os’
Apparently a primary word; a “son” (sometimes of animals), used very widely of immediate, remote or figurative kinship: – child, foal, son.
G5087 τίθημι tithēmi tith’-ay-mee
A prolonged form of a primary word θέω theō
Adoption = sonship, the placing as a son but with all the rights and privileges that go with it
We are placed into the Family
Luke 12:32 “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Ephesians 1:10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.
Ephesians 1:11 In Him also we have obtained [you and me] an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose [not time and chance] of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
Ephesians 1:12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
Ephesians 1:13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
Ephesians 1:14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
Galatians 1:3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,
Galatians 1:4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
Hebrews 2:10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 8 shows that it is by the spirit of God that we can know and live the will of God
2. Mystery of Christ
Colossians 2:2 said: the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ,
There are many theories about who Jesus Christ was, became and is. Some say He was created by God, others say he was an angel first, then when he came to earth he became human, some believe he was fully God and fully man while on earth, some believe he was God on earth, some believe he was a ghost or apparition while on earth, and then when he “died” he went back to one of many things.
So let’s look a the second mystery, the mystery of Jesus Christ in:
Ephesians 3:3 how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already,
Ephesians 3:4 by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ),
Paul continues writing about the mystery a few verses down:
Ephesians 3:9 and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; [but is now being made known to the called of God]
What is it that we need to know about Christ? What is His nature?
We touched on that a bit from before but let’s look in John 1
The New Testament reveals Jesus Christ as being God
—God the Father and the Word, the One who became Jesus Christ
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:2 He was in the beginning with God.
John 1:3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
Not only was he God before He became human
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Jesus Christ is now God
And if there is any doubt, because there is among some, Jesus Christ is now God (after His resurrection)
Hebrews 1:8 But to the Son He says: “YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER; A SCEPTER OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IS THE SCEPTER OF YOUR KINGDOM.
Hebrews 1:9 YOU HAVE LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED LAWLESSNESS; THEREFORE GOD, YOUR GOD, HAS ANOINTED YOU WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS MORE THAN YOUR COMPANIONS.”
Numerous passages refer to Jesus Christ as God and that He was glorified to His former self after His death.
Titus 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
Titus 2:14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
The one that came as Jesus Christ in the flesh was and is God. Important to understand … as we will see later.
Paul sums a lot of this up nicely in:
Colossians 1:25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God,
Colossians 1:26 the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.
Colossians 1:27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
3. Mystery of the Gospel
Ephesians 6:19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,
Most today are confused about what the Gospel is.
It is not a surprise that this is a mystery today
Galatians 1:6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,
Galatians 1:7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. [not the gospel ABOUT Christ, but the gospel Christ brought and taught as we will see in just a minute ]
Galatians 1:8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
The gospel is good news and that is what Jesus Christ came to proclaim
it was not about Him, but it was by Him and of the Father and Him in that regard.
Luke 8:1 Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings [evangelize] of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him,
Luke 9:11 But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing.
Luke 9:2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
It was not just about Him, but the whole plan of God
4. Mystery of the Kingdom of God
Matthew 13:11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
Given to us to understand…so those who understand are His and there will be those that do not understand
Mark 4:11 And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables,
Not two different gospels; parallel scriptures
Luke 8:10 …but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND.’
Some believe it is in your heart, others say it is already here, some say it is in heaven while others don’t believe it or even know of it.
Kingdom of God Has Not Yet Come
In Matthew 6:10 we are to pray that your Kingdom come because it is not yet here.
Look around at all the disease, famine, drought, war, false religion, etc — this CANNOT be the Kingdom of God now
The Gospel will be preached to all the world first. This is Christ saying something was not and could not have been accomplished nearly 2000 years ago.
Matthew 24:13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
We are not yet saved
Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
The Kingdom of God Will Be Here On the Earth
Revelation 11:15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
A kingdom has four components Ruler, territory, subjects and law
We have seen two of these. We will save the rest for next time as we transition into more of the Bible’s Mysteries