Posts Tagged ‘mystery’

Verses 26-27: “the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

When is a mystery not a mystery? When it’s a secret. :-)

In the movie Kung Fu Panda, the main protagonist, Po, is frustrated and disappointed when he doesn’t understand the revelation of the legendary Dragon Scroll, which only the true Dragon Warrior will understand. Not Master Shifu, not the Furious Five, no one but the Dragon Warrior can divine the secret. It’s not until his father, a noodle chef, reveals to him the secret ingredient of his famous Secret Ingredient soup. “The secret is…nothing. There is no secret ingredient.” When his father tells him that, simultaneously Po realizes that the secret of the Dragon Scroll is that there is no secret power…it was believing that you were special that made you special…in his case, it made him into the Dragon Warrior.

The translation of the word “mystery” in today’s Scripture really means “secret”. For countless years, the Jews looked to the coming of the Messiah, believing He was just for them, God’s chosen people. The secret became “revealed to His saints”. Jesus came for all: Jew and Gentile alike. He was the way, the only way, to salvation. The secret was, and still is today: Jesus is the only way; all you have to do…is believe and accept Him.

Something to think about today.

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Verses 8-10: “which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all thing in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth – in Him.”

I enjoy watching the old episodes of Columbo on TV; I guess part of the reason besides the inverted detective format is the fact that I enjoy trying to guess where he is going with his investigations when he is exploring a murder. I sometimes feel a little satisfied when I correctly guess the mystery of just why Lt. Columbo is going down a certain path, or asking a certain question, or researching some little detail, which in the end, always comes back to haunt the killer. My wife and I like knowing ahead of the rest of our family when we are all watching it together. I have a friend who is the same way when watching a stage magician and figuring out how they perform a trick.

There’s a mystery that non-believers don’t understand, that we, as believers are privy to. God enlightens us when we come to know Jesus Christ, and that one day, God will unite all things on earth and in Heaven under Jesus’s rule. To those who don’t know Him, it is a mystery they don’t understand. But we see it just as plainly as Lt. Columbo sees the evidence of “whodunit”.

Something to think about.

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