“the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people.”
Colossians 1:26 NIV
What was the mystery that Paul is talking about? What is this mystery that had been kept hidden for generations?
Before the mystery had been revealed, God was guiding his people with a lot of things that people did not understand the reasons behind it: God’s spoken words and the ceremonies that His people needed to do. Now, in the light of Christ, we understand the message of the gospel behind of those hidden words and ceremonies. Nothing could be explained before Christ. And Christ brought in Himself the truth that once was hidden: that through Christ, not only Jews but the whole world was giving the hope of the salvation and eternal life.
The mystery that Paul is talking about is the salvation to the whole world through Christ.
In Ephesians he says:
“This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 3:6 NIV
“the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.”
Colossians 1:5-6 NIV
For the whole world the salvation continues as a mystery. In the world, this mystery is only disclosed to God’s people. The expansion of God’s Kingdom and the spread of the message of the gospel is happening through almost 2,000 years. Everywhere Christ is been announced, more people is coming to know this mystery. It is up to us to share the mystery of the salvation and reconciliation through Christ. That not only us, but however believes in Him will have eternal life. That the message of the gospel isn’t a foreigner religion, but it is God’s plan to all nations.
Father thank you for the opportunity to spend time with the leader of this church today in the life group. Holy Spirit help us to share your message to those that still does not understand the plan of the salvation through Christ alone. Help your church to be proactive in sharing Your Word to all the nations of the world. In Jesus name I pray.