Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith— to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen. (Romans 16:25-27)
The Church Reveals The Mystery Of God
Mysteries intrigue the mind of man to discover, unveil and uncover things hidden for generations. Archaeologists sift through the sands of time to find civilizations long forgotten and ancient treasuries of great wealth. Scientist unlock the codes of the universe to see what has never been known before and delve the depths of the oceans to see what lies in the darkness of the deep. Medical science has broken the barriers of human DNA revealing the secrets of diseases, health and taking surgery to places never imagined. The world is filled with mysteries yet uncharted and undiscovered by man driving the imagination of the will to keep discovering and opening up new worlds of discovering. For many years the greatest mystery man would ever know was hidden from the world through the will of God. Time marched through the centuries with nations rising and falling and civilizations leaving their imprints on the pages of history. There were subtle hints of things that would come but no certainty that man can place his wisdom around and understand. During the days of the Roman Empire in an obscure village south of Jerusalem a baby was born that would change history forever. Joseph and Mary had come to Bethlehem to register for the census decreed by Caesar Augustus. They were unable to find room at an inn and Mary had to give birth to her son in a place where animals were kept. The birth of Jesus would begin the opening of a mystery hidden since the beginning of time. Thirty years later Jesus would begin His short ministry to reveal to the world the good news of salvation long hidden from the wisdom of men. After the death of Jesus, twelve men would gather in Jerusalem and the church of Christ began with three thousand devout Jews obeying the will of the Father. From that first day the church grew in spirit and number as the disciples were added daily to the church by the grace of God. Men like Peter and Paul would go throughout the region around Jerusalem and travel as far as Rome to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ establishing churches in every place. What the early disciples were doing was to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery kept hidden since the world began. Through the writings of the Old Testament, the disciples made known to the whole world the commandments of the everlasting God for obedience to the faith.
As Paul was nearing the end of this third missionary journey he found himself in the city of Corinth. He was on the way to Jerusalem to deliver an offering for the saints but his plan was to travel to Rome and as far as Spain if the Lord willed. Writing to the Christians in Rome, Paul declared the gospel message of Christ for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. The apostle unveils the mystery of God through the preaching of Christ and the design of the early church to complete the work of showing to all men the will of the Father. While the letter to Rome was a powerful treatise on the gospel of Christ, his conclusion bears testimony to the work of the church. In a world that is filled with many different kinds of churches, there is no more pressing time to reemphasize the original design of the church than now. For many, the church represents a social entity to care for their needs whether in food, clothing, and entertainment. Satan has succeeded in allowing the church to remain in form before the mind of men but he has redesigned the church to become a place where the carnal designs of man’s pleasure are the focus instead of the original design. The apostle Paul clearly shows the work of the church is a continuing mission of revealing the mystery kept secret since the world began. Through the death of Jesus and the establishment of the church, God’s eternal mystery was revealed but Satan has accomplished a great deal of work to cloud the purpose of the church diverting the work of the church to the carnal instead of eternal. The church was given to man so the gospel could be preached and that gospel is Christ crucified. Preaching must be focused on the scriptures that show the necessity of keeping the commandments of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith. There is little gospel preached in the churches today. Hearts of men are tired of the will of God desiring more the will of their own hearts to serve the church as they see fit. The mystery remains veiled in the hearts of men.
No greater message of hope can be found than the saving grace of God given through the offering of His Son, Jesus Christ. The avenue of this salvation is the church of Christ establishing the disciples in the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes. Only in the gospel of Christ will the righteousness of God be revealed from faith to faith as it is written the just will live by faith. The revealed mystery of God also shows the wrath of God against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness. Through the evidence of the world the eternal power and Godhead are clearly seen but through the teaching of the gospel of Christ, the eternal mystery is unveiled. Obedience to the faith is found in preaching that honors the word of God as supreme. There can be no room for the wisdom of man. The church reveals the mystery of God. When that mystery is hidden the church stops being the church of Christ.