24 July, 2007

Bible Word - 'Mystery'

In the New Testament, the 'mysteries' of the gospel are contrasted with the mysteries of the pagan religions of the first century Roman Empire. Those who joined pagan cults were, upon initiation, entrusted with secrets that they were not allowed to disclose, sometimes on pain of death. By contrast, God revealed His mysteries by the preaching of Christ and the apostles throughout the world. The most important 'revealed mystery' was that, in Christ, all the blessings of God formerly covenanted to Israel would be extended to those who were called by God out of the pagan world. No longer would such blessings be limited to Israel (see Ephesians 3:3-6).

"Now to Him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey Him." (Romans 16:25-26).

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Blogger Mark said...

I think that Christ was the mystery. From the time that Adam and Eve were promised a seed from the woman who would bruise the head of the serpent and have his heel struck by the serpent, history seems to be the serpent hunting for and trying to kill the seed. Finally John the Baptist says,"Behold..." and Jesus is revealed, tempted, and killed, fulfilling the promise, the Law of sin and death, and establishing the New Covenant of Grace, rising to eternal life! The mystery restored God's glory and justice in the spiritual realms, squashin once and for all Satan's claims to equality with God.

September 18, 2007 11:40 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

Hi Mark,

I disagree with the Satan bit but other then that, it's an interesting proposition. I wonder though, based on the context of the verses where the word "mystery" is used, perhaps the mystery is actually the kingdom of God. Thoughts?

September 24, 2007 8:44 AM  

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