I don’t know anyone who does not enjoy a suspenseful mystery. If the novel or movie is a really good one, the final “whodunit” question is not answered until the last scene. Sometimes, the viewer may even be left guessing.
The dictionary defines mystery as “anything kept secret, unexplained, or unknown.” Another definition is, “any truth that is unknowable except by divine revelation.” The second is a more biblical definition. In the Bible, a mystery is revealed only to the “initiated” or those “born again.” It is a truth, once hidden but now revealed. In the New Testament a mystery is something that cannot be understood without revelation from the Spirit of God.
The Bible is full of mysteries. God Himself is mysterious. We know only that which God has chosen to reveal about Himself (Luke 10:22). The Kingdom of God is a mystery (Mark 4:11 NKJV). This is one reason why Jesus spoke in parables.
Paul, in Ephesians 6:19 NKJV, refers to the Gospel as a mystery. In Romans 16:25–26 NKJV, he says that the mystery of the Gospel has been “kept secret since the world began.” Although Old Testament Scripture speaks of it, the Gospel was hidden from most people until the revelation of Jesus as the Christ. The mystery of God is that He has hidden all wisdom and knowledge in Christ. True wisdom and knowledge are found only in Christ who is their source (Colossians 2:2–3).
Marriage between a man and a woman is a mystery. It represents on earth the divine relationship between Christ and the church. Scripture says of marriage: “This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” The two (Christ and the church) becoming one (Ephesians 5:31–32 NKJV).
What happens to our physical bodies when Christ returns at the resurrection is a mystery, now revealed. We will be raised, and our bodies will take on immortality and become imperishable (I Corinthians 15:51–53 NKJV). However, it is not known “what we shall be” when Christ is revealed, but “we shall be like him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2 NKJV).
The mystery of the uniting of both Gentile and Jew as one body—and as joint heirs in Christ—is now revealed through the gospel (Ephesians 3:6). Israel’s salvation is a mystery. At this time in salvation history, Gentiles are being saved and most Jewish hearts are hardened to Messiah. There will, however, come a time when “all Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:25–27).
The greatest mystery of all is “Christ in you the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:26–27). Jesus, the visible image of the invisible God, the creator of all things lives in you (Colossians 1:15–16, 19). Mystery revealed! God in His fullness living in Christ!