The Mystery of God and of Christ

New Jerusalem

Revelation 10:7 tells us the good news that when the seventh trumpet sounds, “the mystery of God is finished.” The prior post briefly mentions multiple aspects of this mystery, which together ultimately bring forth New Jerusalem.

This mystery “has been hidden from the ages and from the generations but now has been manifested to His saints [those sanctified by faith in Christ—Acts 26:18]” (Col. 1:26). There are two main aspects of this mystery:

The mystery of God, Christ (Col. 2:2)
The mystery of Christ, His Body (Eph. 3:4-6)

“The mystery of God in Col. 2:2 is Christ; the mystery of Christ here [Eph. 3:4] is the church. God is a mystery, and Christ, as the embodiment of God to express Him, is the mystery of God. Christ also is a mystery, and the church, as the Body of Christ to express Him, is the mystery of Christ. This mystery is God’s economy, which is to dispense Christ, as the embodiment of God, into God’s chosen people in order to produce a Body to be the increase of God’s embodiment in Christ, that God may have a corporate expression.”*

No one has ever seen God, but His only begotten Son has declared Him (John 1:18). This is Christ, the mystery of God, expressing God. The unsearchable riches of Christ are announced as the gospel in order that the wisdom of God might be made known through the church (Eph. 3:8-10). This is the church, the mystery of Christ, expressing Christ.

Great is the mystery of godliness, God manifest in the flesh (1 Tim. 3:15). This great mystery is God manifest in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ manifest in all His believers, His organic Body. Ultimately the mystery will be finished but this manifestation will continue in New Jerusalem.

* Note 1 on Eph. 3:4 in The NT Recovery Version Online, © 1997-2012 by LSM.

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