There are things about God, following Jesus, and accepting his salvation that the Bible simply describes as a mystery, that is, as hidden truths or a mystic secret. This drives some people crazy; they want to understand all and be able to fully explain everything. Anything less causes frustration.
Other people relish the realization that some things of God are but a mystery. That draws them to him; it’s an allure. Daily, they strive to unravel his mystery and know him more fully. This is as it should be.
To explore this mystery motif more fully, consider the following verses that evoke the mystery explanation:
- Job 11:7
- Romans 11:25 and 16:25
- 1 Corinthians 15:51
- Ephesians 1:9, 3:3-4, 3:6, 3:9, 5:32, 6:19
- Colossians 1:26-27, 2:2, 4:3
- 1 Timothy 3:16
- Revelation 10:7
The word mystery is used in other contexts in Daniel 2:18-47, 4:9, 1 Corinthians 13:2, 14:2, and Revelation 1:20, 17:5, 7.
Key verse about Mystery: No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began (1 Corinthians 2:7, NIV)
A lifelong student of the Bible, Peter DeHaan, PhD, wrote the 1,000-page website ABibleADay.com to encourage people to explore the Bible. His main blog and many books urge Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.