Hid in God
A Study of the Mystery
We are all intrigued by the unknown. Enthralled by card tricks, magic shows, mystery novels, CGI effects in movies, and how the internet works, we enjoy being wowed. God gave us a curiosity and desire for things that are above the natural – the supernatural. In the church letters, God introduces a mystery which was revealed after Jesus resurrection.
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hidden in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: Ephesians 3:9 (KJV)
God wants us all to understand and experience the fellowship of the mystery, which he hid since Adam. This is the same God that created all things. If you have a bible that has the phrase “by Jesus Christ”, then omit the phrase because it was added by the translators and is not in the critical Greek texts.
What is this mystery that God hid from his people in the Old Testament and the Gospels, but now wants to reveal to the Church? Why are we the privileged ones to know this mystery? Are we more special than the others? We will explore the answers to these questions in this article.
The mystery is composed of three main components. The first is personal, the second is corporate, and the third is destiny.
Col_1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hidden from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Col_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:
The first part is about the mystery among the Gentiles (Nations), which is “Christ IN you, the hope of the glory”. In the Old Testament, the Israelites looked forward to Christ’s first coming. In the Gospels, Christ is present with his apostles, disciples, and the masses. They heard his teachings, saw the healings and miracles, and experienced his friendship and love. Life was good for the twelve apostles. Then in John16 he baffles them with the following statement.
Joh_16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient [more profitable] for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
Did he really tell them that life, after he left, would be better after he left because the Comforter is his replacement? Absolutely. The Comforter is the Holy Spirit, also called Christ in you. Instead of having Christ WITH them then they would have Christ IN them. This meant there would never be a separation with Christ. This applies to all believers. Once you are saved you have Christ in you. He is always available! This was a mystery that even Satan and his minions regretted.
1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
1Co 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Praise God for his manifold wisdom.
After reviewing how the mystery relates to us individually, we will now explore how we are related to other believers. This is a long passage from Ephesians about how marriage between a man and a woman is to be an example of the mystery.
Eph 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
We are to submit ourselves to one another in Godly respect.
Eph 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
Wives are to submit themselves, not to a husband, but to their own husbands, as unto the Lord
Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
The husband is the head of his wife, just like Christ is the head of the church.
Eph 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
Wives are to be subject to their husbands just as the Church submits to Christ.
Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Husbands are charged with loving their wives like Christ loved the Church. Husbands, remember that Christ willingly died for the Church.
Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
This love includes sanctifying and cleansing her, not with your words, but with the Word of God.
Eph 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Eph 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
Husbands, love your wife as your own body.
Eph 5:29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church:
Husbands, nurture, cherish, encourage, support, and comfort your wife even as the Lord does the same for the Church.
Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
The Church IS Christ’s body and Christ is the head. This is an analogy to our physical bodies.
Eph 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Eph 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Marriage is a revelation of the mystery. Husbands with their wives is a microcosm of Christ and the Church.
Just like every cell has the same DNA in our bodies, every member of the Church body had the same DNA, Christ in you.
The first part of the mystery is about salvation which results in Christ IN you. The
second part is about the interconnection of the saved members which compose the
body of Christ and their relationship to Christ, who is the head. We will now look at the destiny of this body.
1Co 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
Paul is revealing a mystery about we [the Church] shall not all sleep [die] but we will all be changed.
1Co 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
In an atom [ the smallest unit of time possible], the trumpet will blast, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible [in perfect health]
1Co 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
The corruptible bodies of the dead will put on incorruptible [perfect health for eternity], The mortals [those that are alive but death doomed] will put on immortality [perfect health for eternity].
1Co 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
After the dead and the living have perfect health for eternity, then Death will be swallowed up in the victory. Until then, death will continue to have a limited victory.
1Co 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
These are the questions after the dead and the living have put on perfect health for eternity.
1Co 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
1Co 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, the head of the Body, will provide this victory when he comes for his saints.
1Co 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Because of this destiny we are to be stand firm and fast in our callings because our labor is not in vain.
Understanding and applying the mystery is vital to our Christian walk. Be encouraged by this knowledge.