The Mystery of Adventure:
The Mystery hidden was this: “That an entirely new creation, made up of a diverse assortment of people including both Jews and Gentiles, possessing incredible spiritual riches would come into existence.”
There Is More to Understand:
When I was a child growing up, I lived in government housing development in Southern California during the 1940’s and the early 1950’s. I could look out the rear window of the apartment and at that time, see unrestricted views for miles of the brush covered landscape. My parents had laid down a visible boundary line for me not to cross, or else! I could walk to the edge of the canyon complex alone and peak over and in, but absolutely no further; or suffer dire consequences. Oh but the MYSTERY of it all! The neighborhood kids had specific names of iconic landmarks in the canyons. There was “Red Cliffs”; the dirt was brick-red, thus the name. There was also, “White Cliffs”; the dirt was white powered limestone. Although I could see “Red Cliffs” from the edge of the canyon, “White Cliffs” was a place that a kid could go with adults only because of the inaudible distance from home [I could hear my mother’s distinct whistle for miles]. If I was ever caught in the canyon, unsupervised by an adult and, my parents were unadvised of the jaunt, my punishment wasn’t some lame restriction; no television for a month. It was corporal punishment by death from a eucalyptus switch! Now can mystery’s temptation of the remote canyon wilderness prevent a young boy from being a adventuresome detective? Where is the mystery in that? After coming back from an afternoon of uncovering the mysteries of Tecolote Canyons, not knowing that my mother had been searching for my whereabouts for hours, standing at the canyon’s edge with switch in her hand, she asked me, “Is your upcoming punishment worth the mystery of your disobedience today?” And my answer was? YEP! I guess you know what followed all the way back to my house with tears dripping down my face. Mostly from the pain and embarrassment but when it was all over, I was a disappointment to my parents. My understanding as a child, about exploring the unknown mysteries all around me was incomplete. It was the journey taken; the mystery of my surroundings on my way through the canyon floors. The unknown sounds, the different summer smells, the wild beauty of the sage brush and Columbine flowers we called, “shooting stars”.
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child…”
Talking, thinking and reasoning about the “Mysteries of God” will often lead you down to a ‘blind canyon’. The Apostle Paul continues in 1 Corinthians 13:11, “…now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside [matured in Christ].”
I am still a “mystery seeker”, but with the adventure of a mature Christian in my understanding of the Mysteries of God in His Word. As “The WORD Detective”, my adventure seeking for the “mysteries” in God’s Word is just as exciting to me as my adventures as a child! My senses become sharpened by the Spirit of God as I journey through Scripture.
Stewards of the Mysteries [secret purposes] of God:
According to 1 Corinthians 4:1, oikonomos, “stewards” means “custodians” or “trustee” of the gospel message, which is the full account of the mysteries of God’s revelation.
Disciples or Followers of Christ Start the Adventure:
Matthew 13:10-11 “Then the disciples came to Him and said, Why do You speak to them in parables? And He replied to them, To you it has been given to know the SECRETS and MYSTERIES of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.”
Romans 16:25-26 “Now to Him Who is able to strengthen you in faith which is in accordance with my Gospel and the preaching of (concerning) Jesus Christ (the Messiah), according to the revelation (the unveiling) of the MYSTERY of the plan of redemption which was kept in silence and secret for long ages, But is now disclosed and through the prophetic Scriptures is made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, [to win them] to obedience of faith.”
Ephesians 3:9-10 “Also to enlighten all men and make plain to them what is the plan [regarding the Gentiles and providing for the salvation of all men] of the MYSTERY kept hidden through the ages and concealed until now in [the mind of] God Who created all things by Christ Jesus. [The purpose is] that through the CHURCH the complicated, many-sided wisdom of God in all infinite variety and innumerable aspects might now be made known to the angelic rulers and authorities (principalities and powers) in the heavenly sphere.”
Ephesians 5:32 “This MYSTERY is very great, but I speak concerning [the relation of] Christ and the CHURCH.”
“What I don’t know, I do know Someone who does know”:
II Chronicles 20:1-25 [verse 1] “AFTER THIS, the Moabites, the Ammonites, and with them the Meunites came against Jehoshaphat to battle.”
Have you every had the walls of stress, worry, fear coming against you at the same time? Maybe you just lost your job, you don’t know how you are going to pay your bills, you got bad news from the doctor about your loss of weight and extreme thirst and he just gave you his diagnosis; Diabetes. I can personally testify to that diagnosis.
Verse 3, of II Chronicles 20 tells how King Jehoshaphat reacted to his given circumstance: “Then Jehoshaphat feared”; He “feared” and he didn’t know the solution himself, so he “…set himself [determinedly, has his vital need] to seek the Lord…” He knew Someone who did know what to do! It was a mystery to him, but that really didn’t matter.
Verse 4, “And Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; even out of all the cities of Judah the came to seek the Lord [yearning for Him with all their desire].” The people of ALL the cities knew Someone who did know what to do!
The King of the land begins speaking to the Lord verbally, standing in the center of the entire assembly that had gathered at the church. He goes on praying from verses 6 thru 12; nobody dozed off while he prayed for that length of time in church. They were ALL standing! He closes the prayer with these words:
Verse 12 b., “ We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”
ALL the people knew God would take care of their enemies. The mystery was, how is God going to take care of the problems at hand. Through God’s prophet, the answer comes in verse 15:
“Be not afraid or dismayed at this great multitude [the enemies]; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
When Troubles surround you and you don’t understand the why s:
1. Seek and Know God.
2. Pray boldly with confidence; the solution is a mystery to you, but your Lord knows…
3. Ignore the “lying spirits” from well-meaning prophets. They don’t know the answers to the mystery [ 2 Chronicles 18:22].
4. The “battle isn’t yours” to fight. The battle is God’s; there’s no need for you to worry, stress or fear the outcome.
5. Worship, praise Him and give thanks before the results are seen. Thank Him for what He is about to do. If you “believe and remain steadfast to His prophets, you shall prosper.” You walk in the “mystery” by faith, not by what it looks like; not by sight. God’s Word says it is already settled in heaven, so it is (already settled on earth.
6. Faithfulness sees results: Verse 22-25, “And when they began to sing and praise God…” THE MYSTERY REVEALED!
GOD reveals secrets to the MYSTERY SEEKERS:
Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God, BUT the things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
Revealed things are for us and our children.
(PART II) — God has a time line for our understanding His Mysteries — Isaiah 55:6