What a Mystery!

William C. Brownson

READ : 1 Timothy 3:16

Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is great: He was revealed in flesh, vindicated in spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among Gentiles, believed in throughout the world, taken up in glory.

In the Bible a “mystery” is not a “whodunit?” but a “Here it is!” Scripture’s divine mystery is not a mind-bender but a heart-quickener. The word mystery means, for Paul, an “unveiled secret” – something that has been hidden, but now is made known. The mighty mystery is Jesus, captured in words Paul quotes from an early Christian hymn: “He was revealed in flesh, vindicated in Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among gentiles, believed in throughout the world, taken up in glory.”

What a story! The “mystery” is the revelation of what God has done in his Son for the salvation of the world. Jesus revealed God in his human life and was shown to be the Son in his resurrection. He was seen by the hosts of heaven, and heard of among the nations of earth. He, the risen, reigning Lord, is believed in here and exalted there. This is the creed we confess, the song we sing.

“Think, Timothy,” urges Paul, “about how you and your people ought to live in the light of all that!

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, you were revealed in flesh, vindicated in spirit, proclaimed among the nations, believed in throughout the world. All glory to you!