Now We Know
Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:26-27)
The Old Testament saints knew the Messiah was coming, but they didn’t know who He would be or when He would appear. They understood His character, His purpose, and the prophets had prophesied His coming, but prophecy often only reveals in part. Because of this, the Apostle Paul called the ministry of Jesus a mystery which hath been hidden from ages and from generations.
But, praise God! The mystery hasn’t been hidden from us. Christ has been made manifest to us. Not only has the revelation of Christ been made available to those who accept Him, but Paul explicitly stated that God desired to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery.
There are untold riches connected to the ministry of the Anointed One. Some of those riches include healing, prosperity, success, and favor. These riches, seen among the Gentiles, are the hope of glory. Glory is the Greek word doxa and means praiseworthy and glorious in God.
What was Paul saying? We are called to walk in the abundant life that Jesus promised us, a life that the Old Testament prophets could only begin to imagine. This blessed life we have through Christ causes even those who do not believe in God to give Him glory and praise because they cannot deny that His power is working in our lives.
Practical Application – Not everyone will understand why you are doing what God has asked you to do. Some people may even tell you that you are dumb for obeying God. To those who do not know God, His power is a mystery. Remember that they are watching you, and the mystery of Christ will be revealed to them in time.
1 Timothy 3:16; Romans 11:25