Weekly Devotion

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Thursday, december 2, 2021

"Now to Him who is able to strengthen you according to my Gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed ... to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ" (Romans 16:25, 27).

Just what is "the mystery" that has been disclosed? It can no longer be a "mystery" since it has been disclosed. What is it?

Is it not the full revelation of the grace of God? But certainly that grace of God was known before. The poets who gave us so many of the psalms expressing faithful trust surely knew it. The prophets - especially Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea and others - had a firm grasp of it as they expressed the "pain" of God in His yearning for His people to return to Him. Abraham knew it. Moses knew it. We also must conclude that even in spite of their dire spiritual condition there were those among the people of Israel who knew it, too - the "remnant", as they were called.

But they did not have the full picture. They saw dimly. Theirs was only a foretaste. They knew next to nothing of the crucified Son of God, their suffering and dying Messiah.

But now this grace is fully revealed. Now we see and know the height and depth, the length and breadth of this grace in the Lord's baring His bleeding heart that goes out to all the world. God is love; that kind of love. That is the "mystery" revealed.

And yet it is still a mystery. We cannot even begin to understand it fully. We only know that it is the revelation of that grace and its proclamation alone that brings about the "obedience of faith," i. e., loving and willing submission to Him who has submitted Himself to us.

"Now to Him who is able to strengthen you ... to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ." Amen.

- Pastor Henry

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