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About-Him.Com Devotional 05-19-2012
Everybody Loves a Mystery
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
There is something about mysteries that intrigues most of us. Everyday we read of unsolved crimes and hi-jinks from a different era, that gain our attention. We read of sunken treasure and wonder how it got there. TV is full of media such as The History Channel that goes off the deep end trying to decipher the mysteries of ages gone by. There is no end of novelists who concoct stories to try and capture our imaginations long enough that we will finish their book (which most likely isn’t worth reading in the first place).
The most intriguing mystery of all and one which men ignore at their own peril, is the mystery of God coming to earth as a man.
John 1:1 ¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
How was this accomplished? By the Spirit of God moving upon the womb of a young virgin (Ga. 4:4). How’s that for a mystery?
Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
What was the purpose? Why would a Holy God be concerned about a race of people who were children of the devil (Jn. 8:44) held captive by the powers of darkness (Col. 1:13)? An old chorus states this question well?
Why did He love me so? Why did He love me so? Why did my Savior to Calvary go? Why did He love me so?
Well it wasn’t because of any goodness or accomplishment on our part, it was because of His mercy. (Tit. 3:5) John 3:1 tells us that it was because of His unfathomable love for each and every one of us.
1 John 3:1 ¶ Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
God entered this world and was not recognized. He came to His own and His own refused Him (Jn. 1:10-11, Lu. 4:29).
John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
However, not everybody refused Him. We are blessed to be called the sons of God, because we have believed on His name.
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
When God walked the earth in the person of Jesus, He didn’t cease to be God. His very existence was the greatest mystery of all and even His closest disciples were confused about His identity. Phillip asked, “Lord show us the Father, and we’ll be satisfied.” Jesus was taken back by his question. He asked Phillip why after all the time that He had been with Him, that he didn’t recognize who He was?
John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father?
John 10:30 I and [my] Father are one.
The prophet Isaiah foretold His names as Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6). He told Israel that when Jesus appeared, they were to shout to the cities of Judah, “Behold you God (Isa. 40:9)!” God, speaking in Isaiah 52:6 tells us: Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore [they shall know] in that day that I [am] he that doth speak: behold, [it is] I. When the apostle Paul was struck down on the road to Damascus and cried out, “Who are you Lord,” I’m sure he was quite surprised at the answer. He was schooled in the scripture that God was One (De. 6:4), who knew no other God before, beside (Isa. 43:10; 44:8; 45:5, 21) or after Himself. I’m sure that Paul thought, “What’s happening to my theology? This is quite a mystery, where does Jesus fit into the picture.”
Hosea 13:4 Yet I [am] the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for [there is] no saviour beside me.
After being schooled by the Spirit of God, Paul had quite a bit to say about this mystery. In Ephesians (3:3-4) he tells us that He received the answer to the mystery of Christ Jesus by revelation from God.
Ephesians 3:3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
God determined in eternity past that Jesus would enter this world and be known as the Son of God. He willed within His own self to gather all things in heaven and earth in one, in Christ Jesus. When all of this happened within the mind of God, He had one purpose in mind, our salvation. Before the worlds were brought forth, Christ was considered crucified and our names were written in His book of life.
Ephesians 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
Do I understand every aspect of this mystery? No, but I have confidence that I know this one thing: The Jesus of the New Testament is the eternal God of the old. He loved me so much that He died for my sin, that He might place His Spirit within me, that would enable me to be conformed to His image. He desires that I, as unworthy as I am, might live eternally with Him.
Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
Don’t you just love a mystery?
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