Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Mystery No More!!!

I heard a line on a TV show the other night. "God works in mysterious ways". It reminded me of a word study I had done a few years back. That is on the New Testament use of the word, "mystery" and it's co-word "mysteries". If you read this you will never again be able to use that tired cliche'.

New Testament use of the words (Strong's Concordance - KJV)
Mystery 22 times - mysteries 5 times -
Each time the word "mystery is used in the New Testament it says something to the effect that the answers to these mysteries are now available to all men. Uncovered. Revealed. In the Old Testament times the mysteries were shrouded. Hidden up for a latter age to understand.

We are in the latter age. "The Age of God's Grace" In the New Testament the mysteries are uncovered just as the curtain in the Temple in Jerusalem separating the main sanctuary from the Holy of Holies was torn from top to bottom at the death of Jesus (Matt 27:51 & Mark 13:28) now all men can freely access God's throne room.
All it takes is moving towards God and he will meet you where you are.
Ephesians 5:32 'mysteries' speaks of Gods church being related to Him as a husband and wife are related. Love is to be the foundation of each.
I Timothy 3 mentions "mystery" twice. The first speaks of those seeking an office in the church, that is, how their behavior should be good and they should be holding the 'mystery of the faith' for others to see. The second use in this chapter explains this as: "Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory."
That is, Jesus was born from seed created in His mother's womb by the Living God, lived a sinless life and became our sacrifice for sin. No longer was the blood of bulls, goats and sheep needed. Jesus became the perfect sacrifice and He was able to truly say from the cross, "It is finished."
This is the mystery of old, now revealed.

Colossians 1
1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God;

1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Matt 13:10-11
And the disciples came, and said unto him, "Why speakest thou unto them in parables?" He answered and said unto them, "Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given."

Also in Luke 8:9-10 in a similar situation the disciples asked and Jesus answered: And his disciples asked him, saying, "What might this parable be?" And he said, "Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand."
Big clue here that if you have problems understanding the parables of Jesus even with the explanations you are on the outside and need to communicate with Jesus. Start asking him questions just as the disciples did. The answers will sometimes come in the most unlikely ways. Perhaps an event or something said will trigger the parable and revelation. It may be that as you ask the question you will hear the answer in your own mind. God deals with each person individually so there is no set rules on how it will happen. Just know that when you start to talk to God, He will answer.