Just finished watching an old television mystery, the kind where it leaves you hanging until the end, and just when you think you know, a new fact is revealed and all your theories of “who done itâ€ were found to be incorrect.
It may be the old Perry Mason series in black and white, or the new Sherlock Holmes, where Holmes can tell the murderâ€™s name and address from just a hair left on the floor; but they are all the same: a man is murdered and no one knows why or how, and so the detective comes in with his associate, and in spite of all the education of the chief inspector, the idiot, Pink Panther walks away with the prize.
Of course there was Ms. Marple, Poirot, and my wifeâ€™s favorite, “Murder She Wroteâ€ which revolved around Jessica Fletcher and a small New England town called Cabot Cove. The town had a population of only 2000, but they had a murder every week, making it the murder capital of the world. (So much for quaint New England villages)
Mysteries, we all love the story line, and we all love the underdog, but there are other mysteries which are a little more complicated even in their simplicity. The Bible talks of the “mystery of God,â€ and the “mystery of the gospel,â€ and in our thinking it sounds like God is playing a game of cat and mouse, with us trying to catch the mouse.
But in Colossians 1:26-27, the Bible tells us that, “The mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed in His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of his glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you the hope of glory.â€ In other words, we as believers are the punch line, the plot maker, of the mystery of God.
People may wonder who God is and what does he look like, well, we as believers should be the clue to solving that mystery. We, the saints of God, filled with his Holy Spirit and mindful of his presence should be Sherlock Holmes to the world, showing the way and filling in the facts as to the nature of God.
The mystery which is revealed is this: “Christ in us the hope of gloryâ€, with us looking and talking, and showing the way to the “mystery of the Kingdom,â€ and the “mystery of the gospel.â€ We are the mystery being revealed. Questions should be answered and lives changed as we show people what Christ is, as he lives in us.
Some Christians live as if we need to keep the gospel a mystery, a hidden gem only to be revealed to the privileged, but that is just not the way of God. The message is that he wishes, “all men would come to repentanceâ€ (2 Peter 3:9), with no mystery as to his love and to his character.
You may think you have to know all there is about God before you believe, but know this and this is no mystery, God loves you with a love that you will never really understand. He will show you mercy that you donâ€™t deserve and he will forgive your sins and cleanse your heart, and that is no mystery.
For more information on the revelation of God to man, contact Pastor Tilley at [email protected].