Stewards of the Mysteries

Justin Johnson

“Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.” – 1 Cor 4:1

The mysteries are God’s. They are not ours. When we trusted the gospel we became the earthly members of Christ’s body. We serve him, minister for him, do all things to him (Rom 6:18, Col 3:23).

It is our duty to be faithful stewards on this planet while God is offering salvation to all men on terms of grace and peace.

We are equipped for this task through the revealed word of God preserved for us for two thousand years. Studying the word of truth rightly divided allows us to grow in our understanding. It is easy to learn.

We are not left to wonder about the content of these mysteries of God. They have been revealed in scripture. If they remained a secret then what benefit would they be? How could we be stewards of them? Rather, they were made known for our spiritual understanding.

“That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;” – Col 2:2

It is this one task that should be the primary focus of the church in this dispensation. We should know the mysteries of God, minister the mysteries of God, and preach and teach the mysteries of God. Instead, the church has abandoned these essential doctrines for the sake of popularity, religiosity, and worldly compromise.

The Lord has provided our salvation, equipped us with his manifold wisdom, and the only thing that is needed from us is faithfulness to do his stated will.

Do you know the mysteries of God? If not, you can easily learn. The harder question is, do you have what it takes? Can you remain faithful if it costs you your friends, your traditions, your life? This is what your Lord requires.

“Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” – 1 Corinthians 4:2

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Published: March 26, 2011
Last Modified: November 19, 2016
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