Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Worship Wednesdays: Mystery

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!
Romans 11:33

How you ever taken time to look around you and consider the great mysteries that surround us. For example, every time I walked into my apartment I come face to face with a mystery. Her name is Claire. That’s right; she is my beautiful, lively, 5 month old daughter. Her smiles and facial expressions are enough to melt the heart of this grown man. When I hold her in my arms, it amazes me how two people can bring life into this world.

The biblical concept of mystery is not what we would tend to think of as a mystery. When we think of a mystery, our definition involves mystical imagination or some complicated puzzle. Unlike our understanding of a mystery, the biblical definition of mystery relates to the hidden council of God which has now been revealed. Have you considered the mysteries of our God recently?

1)The mystery of our resurrection: “Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

2) The mystery of God’s revelation in Jesus Christ: "that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself.” Colossians 2:4

3) The mystery of the church: "By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God's grace which was given to me according to the working of His power. To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 3:4-10

4) The mystery of the marriage between Christ and His bride: “This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.” Ephesians 5:32

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