REVEALER OF MYSTERIES
Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved. Romans 11:25
When something happens that we fail to understand, we have a saying, “It’s a mystery!” That usually means that there will never be enlightenment. Like yesterday, a folder full of files just disappeared from my desktop. It contained notes to every seminar I teach; all my study notes for future seminars, and all the outlines for those who attend events. “It’s a mystery!” And, they are, as of now, unrecoverable. (I stated, out loud, that their loss on paper meant little since every word and teaching given to me by God is in my heart, passionately simmering until I can deliver it. I am not without words just because the computer copies don’t exist. I’m also trusting God for new oil!) Nonetheless, the folder’s disappearance is a mystery. Was it warfare? Satan surely hates this ministry. But was it God? Perhaps He’s removing old props and plans to write something totally new on my heart.
‘Mystery’ in scripture doesn’t mean that something is veiled. A mystery of the kingdom is veiled to the masses but un-veiled to the remnant who belong to God. They come to us as special revelations.
This is what Paul speaks about here. The same God who could raise a valley full of dry bones (spiritual unbelief of Israel) to life is the same God who will bring all Israel to faith in Christ in the end. The Spirit of God reveals these things to us, stirs up our faith, gives us spiritual eyesight, and we are able to live as though we have already seen it come to pass. We are certain of it even though it hasn’t happened yet.
God is the revealer of mysteries. This makes great Christian fellowship. Two or three get together and tell stories of things God has been teaching them. Mysteries are unfolded and become plain through our sharing. Yet, if those outside of God’s family hear such stories, they are confused and often turned off. We are the brunt of their jokes.
That’s okay. The precious things He reveals to us are priceless jewels. “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” Deut. 29:29
My life would be empty without my spiritual journey with you. I love all the things You teach me. They thrill my soul! Thank you. Amen