Stewards of the Mystery, pt1
Leadership in Context with Keith Tucci
The word “mystery” appears 25 times in the New Testament. 21 of those times, it means the same thing and refers to the same thing. Twice in Revelation, the word “mystery” is ascribed to the great harlot. Once in Revelation it is ascribed to the churches. Once in 2nd Thessalonians, it’s ascribed to the mystery of lawlessness.
There is a difference between a mystery and a secret. A secret is something you do not want people to find out. A mystery is something you want people to investigate so they can find out. There is a great mystery that God wants us to understand.
Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith.
There is a mystery of revelation. That mystery is found in the Scriptures and is the revelation of Jesus Christ.
When Christ came, He preached of Himself, about Himself, about the revelation and purpose of God, and He preached from the Scriptures. Yet it was hidden from them. They did not see it. It was if they had glasses on that blinded them.
There are people around us who have heard the gospel, and it is a mystery to them. In a mystery, you need to connect the dots. There are people that have the dots but haven’t connected them. They may know there is a God, but they don’t know He is Christ. They may know there is a Christ, but they don’t know He has redemption for them. They may know Christ came for sinners, but they don’t think they are a sinner.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight, He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him.
If you have been lavished with God’s grace, if you are walking in redemption, the mystery of His will has been revealed to you. If you are struggling with some of those things, if you’ve been a recipient of grace but are not walking in that grace, then there is probably some mystery that God wants to reveal.
God’s kind intention was to reveal this mystery to us. The preaching and the demonstration of the gospel reveals this mystery.
By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ.
Paul is writing these things to help them connect the dots. He was revealing Christ to them from the preaching of the Old Testament.
The mystery, in no case, is a secret we are to hold. It is not a private revelation or an exclusive understanding. This mystery is to be revealed.
And pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel.
The mystery we see 21 times in the New Testament is the unveiling of the gospel, the continual understanding of all Christ has done. The key to solving a mystery is being interested in solving that mystery. Are we seekers of Truth? Do we want to know the Truth? Or are we satisfied with where we are?
We should be Truth seekers, not just Truth eaters.
The mystery is centered on the person of Christ. God is looking for those who seek the mystery of the Kingdom.
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