A Gloriously Rich Mystery
"...the word of God in its fullness— the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them, God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." - Colossians 1:25b-27 NIV "In you, all the families of the earth will be blessed." - God These are among the first words God ever spoke to Abram. And although they sound great they also sound extremely mysterious. Fast forward a few chapters, Abram is now called Abraham after God himself changes his name and the mystery gets even more mysterious. God says, "in your seed, all the nations of the Earth shall be blessed..." Now, to assert that Abraham understood what God was saying would be completely out of the question. For as we traverse through the scriptures this mystery remains fully that, mysterious. There are prophetic hints, sure, but nothing so concrete as to allow any writer to put their finger on what God actually meant. However, as we arrive in Colossae this ancient mystery has already been revealed. You see "the word of God in its fullness" which is "the mystery that has been kept for ages and generations" is, in fact, the "good news". The good news that through Jesus (the seed) all the nations (the same word used for Gentiles) have been blessed. What God promised to Abraham all those years ago, the mystery which angels long to look into (1 Peter 1:12) is, that God planned to save the whole world. This is a mystery that the church understands or should, for as Paul writes, "it has been disclosed to the Lord's people." But here's where I think it gets truly fun. Paul says that God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles (again the same word for nations) the "glorious riches of this mystery." The mystery is that God was saving the whole world and not just Abraham or the Jewish people. Meanwhile, the "riches of the mystery" or as I like to call it the proof that this was true is "Christ in you, the hope of glory."
Again, the mystery of God's word is that God planned to save us all from the beginning! And the glorious riches of that promise is the fact that until this earth passes away, Christ, through the Holy Spirit, resides in us!
Questions to consider: Why is the word of God, in its fullness, so important to understanding God's mystery?
(Read Psalm 119:160) In what way is the holy spirit a glorious riches for us?