24 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the [g]stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 26 the [h]mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations but now has been revealed to His saints. Colossians 1:24-26.
Unfortunately, many believers still hold the view that God works in mysterious ways. But God doesn’t operate in mysteries with the saints in Christ. He hides nothing from us – because the relationship we have with our Father is open.
The Greek word translating mystery is Musterion. Its literal meaning is to shut or close. Therefore, a mystery is a truth never previously known, and a truth that human intellect could never discover, but can be made known by divine revelation.
In our opening verse, we find how God has revealed hidden things that were previously unknown to us in Christ. In other words, the believer doesn’t live in limbo. We are products of the truth and our Father has not denied us what is needed for a victorious life. Too many believers want to be superstitious instead of living the life of the Spirit. There is nothing mysterious about who we are in the Spirit. Everything is thoroughly explained for our understanding.
9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10.
Believers often quote 1 Corinthians 2:9, forgetting that it is a verse not for the saint but for those who are not born again. The person without God’s life cannot see, hear, and understand what the Lord does. The ways of God remain a mystery to such an individual. But you cannot talk of mysteries when you’re born of the Spirit because He makes all things known to us.
11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them, it has not been given. Matthew 13:11.
Mysteries communicate a lack of understanding instead of depth of spirituality. We have the capacity to understand divine truths. Our new birth came with the ability to comprehend spiritual realities. You cannot talk of mysteries when you carry truth and understanding. There is no celebration of mysteries in the kingdom – we only celebrate the truth. The work of the Holy Spirit is to lead us into all the truth and not mysteries.
3 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will tell you things to come. John 16:13.
Beloved, we are not mysterious! We carry divine realities! We are mysterious to the world because they are not born again. God has revealed mysteries that were hidden before the foundation of the world to us – we indeed walk in understanding and purpose.
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself. Ephesians 1:7-9.
What was once a mystery has been made known to us. We have the nature to understand the will of God and to walk in them. A natural person finds it difficult to do God’s will, but we rejoice to please the Father always. Stay blessed.
Holy Father, I thank you in the name of Jesus for revealing divine truths to me. I don’t walk in mysteries because you have made known your ways to me. I thank you for the ability to comprehend and walk in your divine truth. Amen