Don’t we love a good mystery?

Child playing detective

Don’t we all love a good mystery? When I scroll through Netflix, it is chocked full of them. The TV or movie shows may be categorized as SciFi or Drama or Action, but the stories are all mysteries with a thin veneer of Nexflix’s category layered over it.

In the Bible there are two very different kinds of mysteries, and it has nothing to do with their veneer. 

The mystery is not known until it’s known

The most common kind of mystery in God’s Word is the one where, in times past, there were hints and statements in the Scriptures that couldn’t be fully understood until God unveiled that truth. From that point forward, the fact is so undeniable it’s difficult to imagine anyone having been stymied with those passages of God’s Word.

For example, the truth that God always meant to call the Gentiles. People didn’t understand this until Jesus came and preached His Gospel. Before Christ’s earthly ministry, it was “a mystery – a concealed truth” – but once revealed, there was nothing hidden in it. This fact is confirmed in Colossians 1:26 (NKJV), “the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.

It’s not known now and perhaps ever

The other kind of mystery that is recorded in the Scriptures is the kind of mystery that God reveals, but not entirely, not yet and perhaps never. 1 Corinthians 13:2 (NKJV) is an excellent example of this:

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

How blessed we are to be living during a time when, through the victory of Jesus, so many of God’s mysteries have been made known. Sure, some remain veiled, but I think we have enough on our plates. We’re not living in a TV show. We don’t need to be trying to guess what God hasn’t revealed.

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