The mystery revealed
Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.
Romans 16:25-27 (NRSV).
Jesus Christ is like the end of a mystery novel. Once we read the ending of the book the clues fall into place, and we can never go back to not seeing it again. Since Jesus came, the Old Testament revelation of God, and his eternal plan for humanity, falls into place for us with increased understanding and clarity. God is revealed in the face of Christ Jesus, and what a revelation and clarification and resolution he is. Never again can we read of God, the creation, the covenants, the exodus of Israel, the priests, the sacrifices, the law, the kings, the prophets, or even interpret our own lives except in the face of Christ Jesus, the living, eternal, incarnate Word.
John chapter 1 tells us that the Word was with God and the Word was God. The Word is a person – Jesus – and from the beginning he is God, in relationship with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. Further, everything was made through him and is sustained through him. He is the Word of Genesis that spoke creation into being, through the Spirit hovering over the deep. He is the eternal Son of the Father, for there never was a time when God did not live as the Father, Son and Spirit in relationship.
The Word speaks the mind of God in the Spirit, and even in his earthly humanity Jesus lived in unbroken communion with the Father, through the measureless fullness of the Spirit. The Spirit will always point to Christ, and Christ will always mediate the Father to us, and us to the Father.
Time after time, during his life on earth, Jesus taught and showed people what God, the Father, is really like. God the Father really loves his Son, and all his created children: he runs to meet the prodigal, searches for the lost, and rejoices in their restoration.
Jesus not only reveals that the heart of God is love for us, but he also reveals the eternal purpose of God is for our inclusion into the Trinitarian life of God, through our adoption: ‘He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will…’ Ephesians 1:5.
Amazing God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, what can we say, what can we think, what can we do but fall on our faces before such love and goodness? Thank you, Lord. Amen.
Study by Christina Campbell
About the writer:
Christina Campbell attends the Glasgow congregation of Grace Communion International where she is a speaker and Bible Study facilitator.
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