Whenever I hear the word “mystery“, my curiosity kicks in. I want to know.
A “mystery” in the New Testament is something that had at one time been hidden but is now revealed to God’s people.
Now that is cool. We get to know stuff that no one else does. That shows you just how good God is.
To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. ~Jesus | Matthew 13:11
There are “mysteries” that are no longer mysterious to the child of God. “The mystery of faith” is the divinely revealed truth about grace, redemption, and forgiveness in the Messiah. It is hard (impossible even) to understand those until you begin to mature as a disciple of Jesus. As a citizen of the country that Jesus is King of, we get that insight. Unbelievers and atheist don’t get it.
Here are some the amazing things that are described as mysteries that we know about that others don’t.
- Jesus’ incarnation (1 Timothy 3:16)
- The indwelling of the Spirit (Colossians 1:26–27)
- The unity of the church (Ephesians 3:4–6)
- The rapture (1 Corinthians 15:51–52)
- And the good news itself (Colossians 4:3)
The mystery of faith is a term that occurs in 1 Timothy 3:9. “Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain, but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.“
Depending on the English translation, the Greek phrase τὸ μυστήριον τῆς πίστεως is translated “the mystery of faith,” “the mystery of the faith,” or “the deep truths of the faith.”