"The revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed
and make known... (Romans 16:25).
"God made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good
pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times
will have reached their fulfilment"... (Ephesians 1:9 and 10).
"The mystery made known to me by revelation...the mystery of Christ, which
was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed
by the Spirit...this mystery is that through the gospel the gentiles are
heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers
together in the promise in Jesus Christ...mystery, which for ages past was
kept hidden in God...through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should
be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms"
(Ephesians 3:2 to 6).
"God has chosen to make known among the gentiles the glorious riches of this
mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:26 and
"The mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of
wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:2 and 3).
"God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of
Christ"... (Colossians 4:3)
Some things are hard to understand, which
ignorant and unstable people distort to their own destruction (1 Peter
The above texts tell us that a great
mystery remained hidden for long ages past and the mystery refers
to our Lord Jesus Christ.
The mystery is that in spite of being in very nature God, Jesus did not consider
equality with God, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a
servant, being made in human likeness.
All treasures of wisdom and knowledge were hidden
while Jesus had not been revealed.
Son has been exalted by the Father
Everyone wants to be exalted and receive honor, but Christ humbled himself
and prefered to be submitted to the Father instead of being glorified with
the material gifts of Jehovah's kingdom.
There is no God but one, for even if there are so-called gods (like
Jehovah), there is but one God, the Father, from whom all good things came
and for whom we live, and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom
we live (1 Corinthians 8:4 to 6).
Today I have become your Father
In 2 Corinthians 8:9 we know about the grace of Jesus Christ, that though he
was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor, so that we through his poverty
might become spiritually rich.
Due to his obedience and humility, Jesus has been exalted by the Father to
the highest place who gave him the name that is above every name, that at
the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under
the earth (Philippians 2:5 to 11).
Jesus was declared with power to be the
Son of God by his resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:4). He said after his
resurrection: "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me".
According to Hebrews 1:5, the Father said to Jesus: "You are my Son;
today I have become your Father".
This signifies that before his
decision to be beside the Father, Jesus had not total and absolute glory and
supremacy above the angels, for he was temporarily a little lower than the
angels (Hebrews 2:9).
In Acts 2:36 we read that God made Jesus both Lord and Christ. If in a
certain period of history, during the days of Jesus' life on earth Jesus
"offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who
could safe him from death" (Hebrews 5:7), however he became the source of
eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be the
High Priest of a New Covenant.
Respecting this fact, it is written in Ephesians 1:20 to 22 that God exerted
his mighty strenght in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated
him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and
authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, and God
placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over
everything for the church.
Jesus has gone into heaven and is at God's right hand, with angels,
authorities and powers in submission to him (1 Peter 3:22). Certainly the
angels were jealous of this new condition like the older son of "Lost son's
Parable" against his brother, that had been received with honor and
celebration by the father (Luke 15:25 to 28).
The curtain of the temple
The curtain of
the temple that was torn in two from top to botton (Matthew 27:51) means
that the free access to Father's presence is now available.
The veil of the curtain of the temple means that the law and the former
regulation of the Old Testament separeted us from the true tabernacle
(Hebrews 8:1), but now through Jesus' flesh all the barrier was put to death
and the dividing wall of hostility had been destroyed (Ephesians 2:14 to
Lie and truth
Exalted to the right hand of God, Jesus has received from the Father the
promised Holy Spirit (Acts 2:33). Up to the time that Jesus rose from the
dead, the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified
Jesus said in John 10:7: "All who ever came before me were thieves and
robbers" and also in John 8:32: "You will know the truth, and the truth will set
you free". This expression is a future tense which is related to John
1:17..."For the law was given trough Moses; grace and truth came
through Jesus Christ". So if the truth came only through Jesus' teachings,
the Jews believed in a lie through Law's teachings.
In 1 John 5:19 and 20 it is written that the whole world is under the
control of the evil one and that Jesus Christ is the true God and
eternal life. When it says "true God" means that there is another false.
In fact the "god of this age" has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that
they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the
image of God (2 Corinthians 4:4). The reason the Son of God appeared was to
destroy the devil's work (1 John 3:8).