All God’s mysteries are revealed in Jesus Christ. Are we looking for revelation in the right place? – Romans 16:25.
Today, I hear discussions about discovering new “revelations” by accessing the “spirit realm” via visions, dreams, and the like, insights into things well beyond anything found in the New Testament. One of the so-called “Facebook prophets” even deciphers spiritual insight from baseball scores. It seems God has been holding back many things until this present generation.
The Bible does speak about the “mysteries” of God, His unexpected ways that differ radically from human wisdom. Jesus declared that not everyone is able to understand the “mysteries of the kingdom” – It is God who reveals the deep and hidden things to whomever He chooses. But it also teaches that what was once hidden has now been revealed in His Son.
God did not disclose the full understanding of His redemptive plan until the appropriate time. The “mystery kept silent in past ages has been manifested,” which is the “obedience of faith for all the nations” made known through the “proclamation of Jesus,” whom he sent “in the fulness of time” – (Romans 16:25-27, Galatians 4:4).
He certainly revealed truth in the Levitical system with its elaborate rituals, as well as elsewhere in the Torah and “the prophets.” But that earlier word was partial and incomplete. “In many parts and many ways of old” God spoke to Israel “in the prophets,” but now, “upon the last of these days,” He has spoken to us fully “in His Son.” The full understanding of Who God is and how He works has been available to everyone ever since. He has not held this knowledge back until some future and final generation. And one does not need to be adept at moving in the “spirit realm” to comprehend His ways – (Hebrews 1:1).
The prophets foretold the coming salvation that would be revealed in the Messiah; however, they did not possess or comprehend the details and ramifications of the promise, for they were “not to themselves but to us were ministering them, which things have now been announced to you” – (1 Peter 1:10-12).
The “mystery” previously concealed has been revealed in Jesus, and at the appointed season. And above all, in his Death and Resurrection. The “law and the prophets” were vital parts of God’s revelation but in them, many of His “mysteries” remained hidden. However, they are now disclosed in His Son – And nowhere else.
With his coming, in the “word made flesh,” the rituals and ceremonies of the Mosaic legislation were relegated to the status of “shadows and types,” and Jesus is the one who cast those ancient “shadows.” To now return to the outmoded rituals and incomplete understandings of the old system is to regress to bondage under the “elemental things” of this fallen age, including the “powers, principalities, archons, angels, and world-rulers” – (Galatians 4:8-11, Ephesians 6:8-12, Colossians 2:16-17).
Neither is there any need to resort to mystical practices, scrutinizing astronomical signs, or decoding of Hebrew letters and dates for deeper insight into divine “mysteries.” His “mysteries” are revealed in Jesus, and they are open and available to anyone who hears the “word of the Son.” The mystery “not made known in other generations, has now been revealed” in him – (Romans 16:25, Ephesians 2:9-22, 3:3-11, Colossians 1:25-27).
Moses gave the Law, but “grace and truth came to be in Jesus.” In him, the knowledge of the Father has been revealed. No longer must men attempt to obtain a deeper understanding of God from any secret knowledge or mystical experience. The grace and fullness of Yahweh are found in the “face of Jesus Christ” – (John 1:14-18, 2 Corinthians 4:6).