The Mystery of Scripture

Most of us feel incredible awe when we think of the wondrous love God has for us and that from His love, He sent His Son that we might be ransomed from sin. These are the greatest gifts we could ever ask for; they are priceless….they are treasures. We can also be thankful for another treasure that God has provided for us. It was given to assist those who seek Him with an open heart to understand the value of these gifts. It is the gift of scripture and teaches us everything we need to know to reach the goal of our faith.

As we read scripture we also learn about the beautiful goodness of God. Scripture shows us His emotion, His love, His goals, His plan, His desire, His righteousness, and His power. Scripture teaches us about His enemy, why that enemy seeks the destruction of our faith, and how we can protect that faith. It teaches us how to love and how we are to treat one another. Its goal is to help us become worthy to spend eternity with our Heavenly Father and His Son.

None of us want our children to marry someone abusive or someone who thrives on contention. Similarly, our Heavenly Father seeks those who will choose to employ their free will to work at becoming a people who love, who are kind and loyal, who choose honor and integrity for all facets of their lives, and who choose to spurn all things evil. God wants love and righteousness to reign in the new heaven and earth and graciously provides us with everything we need to accomplish this goal. Scripture is one of our best teaching tools, and when we seek to understand what God wants to tell us, and do so with an open heart, all is revealed to us as our understanding grows and we are ready to learn.

If we teach an infant to make a bed, they cannot. If we try to teach a child to solve a complex physics problem, they may not. But when they grow, and are taught the proper basic instruction in order to prepare them for more complex tasks, they begin to learn, and in time, can accomplish much more than they could earlier in life. God calls us His children and wants us to be willing to learn, to apply ourselves, and become all He knows we can become. We enter into the fullness of His blessing as our understanding is opened.

One of the fascinating components of scripture is that its wisdom is easily read and understood by many, yet hidden from others, and more is revealed to us as we grow in faith. Scripture opens its secrets to those who seek, with a pure, honest and humble heart, to learn. As a living entity of the Holy Spirit, scripture opens its secrets at just the right time and to those whose hearts are “made ready” to understand its deepest elements. This is called the “mystery” of the Bible and is another component which demonstrates how much God loves us, protects us, and guides our steps toward a perfect understanding.

King David, despite his many faults and failings, loved God so deeply that he could always touch God’s heart through prayer. He trusted God and said in Psalms 18:28, “For thou wilt light our candle: The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.” This was a plea from David to God for a greater understanding, and a request that he be given the fire of motivation to do better. It also indicates by the use of the word “will” that David trusted that his Heavenly Father would meet his needs.

Matthew 13:11 teaches us that understanding the things of God is a mystery not understood by everyone. “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” Further along in that chapter we also learn that not all who see or hear will accept. We also learn that God can open our understanding if we ask Him to do this. Luke 24:31 tells us, “And their eyes were opened, and they knew him…..” Sadly, some close their heart and some believe that they already know all there is to know. This attitude can shortchange one’s spiritual growth.

The Apostle Paul explained that by revelation the mystery of grace through Christ was made known to him and that a different era had now come. In Ephesians 3:3-5 he says, “How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery….Whereby when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ, which in other ages was not made known….now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit.” He adds in Ephesians 3:9, “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…” We should pray that we too are continuously enlightened; open to where God wants to lead us, and protected from false teachings.

In 1 Corinthians 15:51 we read “Behold, I show you a mystery:….” which the Apostle Paul noted following an explanation of the Gospel. And 2 Corinthians 3:14-16 tells us, “But their minds were blinded…….. even unto this day when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart….. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Isaiah 27:7 adds, “And he will destroy the covering cast over all the people and the vail that is spread over all the nations.” These verses clearly explain that as our hearts turn more and more toward our Heavenly Father and as the Holy Spirit fills us, we will be liberated from the spirits of this world who want us bound and kept from the fullness of God’s truths.

Scripture does not change, but hopefully we change as we grow in faith. By giving our hearts and lives to God, by striving to do His will, and by loving one another, God will open the mysteries and truths of scripture to us. May each of us grow in Spirit so we can learn, and make of ourselves all that our Heavenly Father wants us to be!

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