Sunday, September 4, 2016

Married to Christ (Part 7 of 7)

[The Apostle Paul worked hard ...] that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 
(Colossians 2:2-3 ESV)

As I explained previously, I am referring to my spiritual, Christian marriage to Christ. He is the bridegroom and I, as part of His church, which is His body, am the bride. Together, the two have become one.

In today's verses from Colossians 2, we have the word "mystery" again. On day one, I quoted from Ephesians 5 which showed that earthly marriage was used as an analogy for a "profound mystery." This profound mystery is what Paul indicated he was really talking about.

I used to believe the cliche "God moves in mysterious ways" applied whenever the word "mystery" was used. Whatever was a mystery was unknown, couldn't be known, and a little spooky.
After quite a bit of study, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I came to understand the original Greek word translated as "mystery," and how it applied to the profound thought Paul was communicating.

Unlike the genre of movies where certain knowledge is forbidden and remains shrouded, its usage here in Scripture describes something previously hidden but now fully revealed. This is special information that God has been saving up. Now He "desires all people to be saved and to come to the [full, accurate] knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim 2:4).

This mystery is unprecedented unity with God the Father and Christ, His Son, and through all of us sharing the same Holy Spirit.

That is why I say I am married to Christ, whose work, not my effort, made this all possible according to the will of the Father. Am I happily married? You bet!

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