2 Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; 3 meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, 4 that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
To some the knowing of the MYSTERY, has been given:
11 And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables,
‘To you it has been given…’
We cannot know the mystery, except it be given to us.
We can’t find it any other way. Not by ingenuity of the most ingenious kind, not by reading books alone, nor by oral tradition, nor by scanning every man-made philosophy.
As we read, as we listen, as we seek, as we ask, as we knock – yes in the course of doing so – it can be given us ‘to know…’
But ‘to you…’, Jesus said to His chosen disciples ‘it has been given to know the mystery…’
The mystery of the kingdom of God.
Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began
A mystery kept secret.
This mystery of God’s kingdom cannot be given to sinful man. Therefore what the mystery is – is unknown to those from whom it is hidden.
That means they strive and struggle with their own intellects to dismiss it as mumbo-jumbo. They attack the gospel because they are left without it’s revelation.
The more they search for fault in the bible and are proud of their arguments, the further away do they go from it’s revelation, as they substitute their own reasoning powers for the offered revelation of the mystery.
God never intended the abandonment of reason, just repentance from sin. Non-repentant man, the natural man, cannot receive the things of the mystery, until he firsts takes the place of humility.
A man or a woman must go through an inner life-changing spiritual experience as he/she hears the gospel, and responds, in order to really understand it.
That’s why Paul talks of ‘the revelation of the mystery…’
It is a revelation, which is inner illumination supplied by The Holy Spirit of God.
The content of the mystery, is manifold. Not comprehensively understood this side of heaven.
As we walk with Christ Jesus, the possibility remains continuous of understanding more of this mystery.
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory…
Those who totally accept Christ as Lord and Saviour – are given insight into this mystery, God has ordained that it be so.
Receiving revelation of the mystery, is not the same as knowing all things. There is always more insight into the mystery, but to the believing Christian much can be revealed. We see this in the life of John, Paul, Peter, and so on.
They played their part in transcribing in the Power of the Holy Spirit whatever God placed within their spirit and understanding, but Paul informs us even though he was given an abundance of revelation – he/we still only ‘know in part’.
Many, aware that they can’t understand spiritual matters and are unable to conclude – consider that everyone is in the same boat. They therefore dismiss out-of-hand anything to do with the gospel of Jesus Christ. “After all they conclude, how can we know for sure?”
When God moves in your heart in response to the invitation to do so – you will know without a doubt.
The multitudes who received a healing miracle from Christ – knew beyond a shadow of doubt that this man had the words of eternal life.
However the plight of mankind is made clear – despite witnessing the feeding of four or five thousand people from a handful of loves and fishes human nature still has the capacity to doubt and turn away from the King of Kings.
So Paul in light of the deceitfulness of his own heart and ours, exhorts us in the following way:
13 Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
Hold fast despite what life throws at us. Hold fast to the sound words of Christ. Hold fast in faith, despite feelings.
Hold fast to the only set of thoughts on the planet that are 100% true and reliable. Hold fast and trust the son of man, The Son of God, whom to know is life eternal!