The Mysteries of the Kingdom

 And He answered and said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven… (Mat 13:11 ASV)

 

According to Jesus, it has been “given” to Christians, that we should know the mysteries of the kingdom. It is our birth-right as born-again believers to know the secret and hidden truths of God’s Kingdom. The word the bible uses as “mystery” is the Greek word “musterion” (Strong’s 3466). It means “to initiate into the mysteries; hence, a secret known only to the initiated, something hidden requiring special revelation. In the New Testament the word denotes something that people could never know by their own understanding and that demands a revelation from God. The secret thoughts, plans, and dispensations of God remain hidden from unregenerate mankind, but are revealed to all believers.” (1) Since these mysteries have been made known to us, it may be in our best interest to examine exactly what scripture labels, “a mystery”. Here, we echo the sentiments of Paul, “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.” (I Corinthians 4:1)

The word mystery appears 27 times and cover a wide range of topics. It will be the purpose of this work to examine these topics in order to understand the “mystery” that has been revealed to us through scripture. It is also important to understand that God continues to reveal and uncover mysteries to His people. The revelation of mystery has not stopped with the canonization of scripture. God is active and alive. He is called the living God and in our day, He continues to reveal mysteries to His church. This is not an anti-biblical position. It is a position that is supported in scripture. Scripture gives us the standard as a launching pad to the experience of God. Jesus echoes this sentiment when He says, “You search the scriptures for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” (John 5:39) God is not scripture, God is alive, and moves among us just as He moved among the writers of the bible. He is the same God awaiting us. Hence, we will be discussing two types of mysteries, those that are revealed in scripture and the mystery that God continues to reveal mysteries. Here is a brief synopsis of the revealed mysteries in scripture:

1. Romans 11:25-Isarel and the Gentiles

2. I Corinthians 15:51-what happens to believers during the second coming

3. Ephesians 5:22-33- marriage as a representative of Christ and the church

4. Ephesians 6:19/Colossians 4:2-4-evangelism

5. Ephesians 3:1-10-spiritual power for warfare by the church

6. Colossians 1:26-27-Christ in you, the hope of glory

7. Colossians 2:2-3/ I Corinthians 2:7-9 further mysteries to be revealed

8. 2 Thessalonians 2:7-the mystery of lawlessness and the lawless one

9. I Timothy 3:16- the mystery of godliness

10. Revelation 10:7-the mystery of God is finished

11. Revelation 17:5-7 Mystery of Babylon the Great

12. I Corinthians 14:2-speaking in tongues is to speak mysteries.

 

It will be the writers intent to delve deeper into these mysteries in order to explain and understand them. There must also be a disclaimer. While the writer will pray and seek God during times of research and study, he will not be so bold as to say that he writes with complete understanding. It is only my intention to write and to share what God shows me, not to make a claim to the authority of all that is written as the “end all and be all” on the topic or the interpretation thereof. It is given to us to understand the mysteries, but the writer is a fallen individual made alive by Christ who does not yet claim perfection. Yet, in all this, let Christ be glorified. “Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest and by he prophetic scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for the obedience to the faith, to God alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever, Amen.” (Romans 16:25-27)

 

Endnotes

1. Hayford, Jack, The Spirit Filled Life Bible, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN, 1991, page 1475.

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