A Note from our Pastor:
“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:”Ephesians 3:9
Good Morning Dearly Beloved,
In examining this verse let us take a moment to consider this idea of a mystery for God’s people. The Apostle makes reference to this mystery multiple times throughout the book of Ephesians and in other of his writings. With that level of focus, it is important that we understand what is being referred to here in this verse.
First and possibly most importantly, anytime the mystery of God is referenced in the writing of the Apostle, it is referring to the things of God which are told of in the scriptures. There is not some text that exists outside of what we have in our bibles that is going to reveal the mysteries of God at some unknown time. The scriptures we have before us today are the complete word of God and they contain all of the knowledge that we need.
Second, the mystery of God is revealed in the New Testament. That is not to say we understand it fully. It takes years of study and meditation to keep revealing more of the mystery of God and we still only see through a clouded glass. But the mystery of God is none-the-less revealed in the New Testament.
In fact, in this very verse the Apostle is saying that the role of his ministry and the role of the church in general is to make all men see (not literally all men, but both Jew and gentile) the mystery of God. Furthermore, he wants them to experience the fellowship with other believers that have seen the mystery of God.
Finally, while there are many aspects to the mystery of God, the greatest portion of the mystery is the salvation of his elect. The Apostle says that this mystery has been hid in God since the beginning of the world. That is because it was set in motion before the foundation of the world and the triune God knew full well the plan, but it was not until the ministry of Jesus Christ that it was revealed beyond types, shadows, and prophecy.
Ultimately, the scriptures reveal unto us the mystery of God in the salvation of his people. It is our duty to study it, meditate upon it, and understand it more each day. As we do so, we engage in the fellowship with other like minded believers. In that, we find joy in the love of God and the love of his people.
Our Prayers are with you daily,