“Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory” (1 Corinthians 2:6-7).
Wisdom? Mystery? What on earth is the Apostle Paul speaking about?
“Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith” (Romans 16:25-26)
Paul in his letter to the Romans speaks of the, “revelation of the mystery”. But the question still hasn’t been answered. What is this mystery he speaks of?
We find out in Paul’s later letters what this mystery is.
“And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Ephesians 3:9-11)
“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 mystery that God hid for generations was Jesus Christ and life and salvation through Him for the chosen, the elect, God’s saints.
God has a perfect plan. And within His perfect plan brought Jesus Christ in the flesh at a specific point in man’s timeline. He wasn’t made known except for a few prophets who saw Him in the future tense. Hebrews chapter 11 which describes the great patriarchs of faith says, “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”
The mystery and wisdom was Jesus Christ. It is He who is now known to the children of God. He is still a mystery even foolishness to the natural man. But to us, God’s saints Jesus is known as life, love and salvation.
The Wisdom of God in a Mystery