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A Mystery in the Bible

By Justin Johnson

There is a mystery in the Bible that is unknown to most people.

If you are wise, that should make you cautious. Bible code-breakers, diviners of God’s secrets, and soothsayers are a dime a dozen and are not to be trusted.

Most of these popular Bible secrets require an outside genius to interpret supposed puzzles contained in the most published text in history.

Know this: understanding the Bible is not dependent on a singular genius, code-breaking, or soothsaying.

If God has not revealed his mysteries it is not for us to know (Deu 29:29). The Bible is not a book of riddles, but a book of revelation.

What makes this mystery of the Bible different is that it requires no expert of secrets to understand. It is not a riddle in the scriptures waiting for a puzzle master to solve.

This mystery of Christ was both kept secret and also explained within the pages of scripture. There is nothing left to decipher. God has already made it known.

This mystery is clearly revealed in the text, and is no longer a mystery. Yet, for many people it remains a mystery simply because they do not read the text.

If the church is to get anywhere in understanding God’s will for today, it will begin with acknowledging the revelation of the mystery of Christ to Paul.

Don’t take my word for it, read it yourself in the Bible.

“Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:…” – Romans 16:25-26

“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” – 1 Corinthians 2:7-8

“Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 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:…” – Colossians 1:25-27

“Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:…” – Ephesians 1:9-10

“How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, …“ – Ephesians 3:3-10

“Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” – 1 Corinthians 4:1-2

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Published: March 1, 2014
Last Modified: March 1, 2014
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