Looking at the state of the Church today, we probably think it is impossible for God to draw the body of Christ together into ONE if we didn’t know it was God’s plan. As we study what the Bible refers to as the “mysteries of Christ,” we will begin to get a glimpse of how He is going to do it.
The “mysteries of Christ” that the Bible speaks of can be simply explained when we have the full revelation that Christ is in ALL things. This may sound so easy, but it requires the Lord taking off our blinders to really SEE it.
We know that Jesus was there “in the beginning” (Gen. 1:1; John 1:1-4), and it is written He is in the end, which really isn’t an end because it is the beginning again when God makes all things new:
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away (Rev. 21:1).
The Bible also says that Jesus is the First and Last, the Alpha and Omega (Rev. 22:13). Jesus is in ALL of creation. Paul had the revelation of this mystery, so it was his desire others would get the revelation as well:
“To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages, has been hidden in God who created all things through Christ Jesus” (Eph. 3:8,9).
It is interesting that so many Christians never think of Jesus being a part of the Old Testament, but He was there, because He was IN all things:
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him (Col. 1:15,16).
“And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist”( Col. 1:17).
Therefore, if Jesus is in all things, then we cannot throw away the Old Testament, like many Christians do, and say it’s irrevelant today because Jesus was in it and set the pattern that He Himself would perfect as the Son of man.
“which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ” (Col. 2:17).
Everything about our Hebrew heritage in the Bible is a cyclical pattern, which lends itself to the whole concept of eternal life because a circle has no beginning nor end. Our world thinking conditions us to think differently, as we drive towards a one-way destination trying to create something new that we hope is valued. Perhaps this mindset keeps the “mysteries of Christ” still mysteries.
This worldly thinking is not unfamiliar to the Bible as we read in Gen. 11 when the people decided to build the Tower of Babel.
“Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves” (Gen.11:4).
We know the outcome of that one. It led to destruction and the dividing of people to the ends of the earth, who eventually, started all over again building “their towers.”
Thankfully, God has a better pattern; a blueprint that repeats itself each day, week, month, year, and AGE that produces life and multiplicity. This blueprint NEVER loses it’s value! We can look at the beginning of the Bible and see the same pattern repeated in a different Age, but with greater levels of redemption and glory, until ALL is restored through Christ.
Since Christ remains the same, we can count on the established pattern.
This pattern doesn’t have a hierarchy that qualifies our worth, for ALL are worthy. It also frees us to rest in the knowledge that we can’t miss God; for with each cycle, we are given opportunities to draw closer to the knowledge of the Lord and His plan for us. This pattern produces hope and mirrors God’s love for the world (John 3:16).
Recognizing the cyclical pattern helps solve the mystery of Christ, so that we see that the bible isn’t divided into two parts, Old and New, but is ONE story repeating its pattern now perfected through Christ.
Having a Hebrew mindset produces in us a reverence to honor and adopt the Old and New and discover the same blueprint in both that God created. We can line up with it and multiply it’s purpose.
We are fortunate enough to be on this side of the cross so we can actually read about the fulfillment of the pattern with His glory:
……”the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations but now has been revealed to His saints” (1 Col. 1:15-18,26).
Ever since the time Jesus came as the Son of man, died on the cross and rose, man can SEE and experience the WORD through Christ. AND, through his example, we can understand the mind and heart of God’s law which is LOVE, not punishment. We can also now see the purpose of the blueprint of the Feasts, which was to lay out the story of how God would redeem all things through Christ.
Jesus paid the price to be the substance of God’s love FIRST. Those who have been saved have been chosen to multiply His light and love and become His HOLY NATION. This description is used because a nation is made of many people in one land that function together through the unifying governing laws of the land. When we choose to follow God’s blueprint, we submit ourselves to His kingship and become HIS HOLY NATION.
So before the New Testament, God’s people had NO concept of how Jesus would come in the flesh and perfect the Covenant promise except for the prophetic proclamations that had been made. Even when Jesus began fulfilling these prophesies, many of God’s people couldn’t see or understand. However, when Christ fulfilled the “blueprint” and the “pattern” of what God instructed them in the Law, then Christ truly was a witness to Himself as being Lord.
Jesus Himself told us that the WORD, the pattern that had been established, must be fulfilled.
“Then He said to them, ‘These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me’” (Luke 24:44).
TIME AND LAW have been the two keys the enemy has strategized to change so he can remove the “sons of God” from God’s pattern. Grace and mercy have covered the Church at large over the years while we have built denominations that have created their own LAWS and celebrations outside of God’s appointed TIMES. But that grace is waning as Christ is shifting us to follow His appointed times and His way of being jointly fit together so we can emerge as His HOLY NATION.
God is removing the veil (mystery) of God’s blueprint to the Church at large so they can look and become the “HOLY NATION.” As we sync into God’s timing, function, and purpose, it will open up a gate to unify corporately. THEN the mystery of how this broken “body of Christ,” which today is so fragmented, will suddenly function together with other “body parts.” And the greatest miracle and mystery will be revealed as we then all knit together with the Head (Christ) and become the “HOLY NATION” that becomes known as His Bride.
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a HOLY NATION, HIs own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”(1 Peter, 2:9).