Most people love a good mystery. It challenges our awareness; it sharpens our critical thinking skills, and it is just fun to solve. The Apostle Paul, the writer of Colossians states in verse 2, “I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” If you have attempted, like I have to solve a mystery on TV or in a game, most of the time you can find the answer if you listen well or if you read the clues.
God is plainly telling us, that his plan to free mankind from the domination of sin and the key to a rich and rewarding life is Christ. So, you must wonder if Christ is the answer to the mystery what are the questions or the dilemmas that people find challenging. The Apostle Paul wrote this epistle to address a fellowship of believers at Colosse who were being challenged by mystical philosophies and legalistic Judaism. These doctrines threatened to corrupt the simple message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Even though this was written in early bible days, currently there are many doctrines and philosophies that threaten to corrupt our understanding of the gospel. People will say, “There are many ways to God; I know I am not living right, but God understands, God knows my heart; I am my own god; That Jesus is your truth, I have my truth.” Isn’t it wonderful that God tells us Jesus is the way, the truth and the light? The scripture says that “Christ has been made to us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption (I Cor. 1:30).”
The mystery is that all that the human heart craves, needs and desires is found in Christ. He is our joy. Knowing him and being at peace with God is true joy. He loves us so much that he gave his life for our life. We all should have died for our own sins, but Christ Jesus chose to take our place and suffer the penalty for our sins. He gave the ultimate sacrifice because he loves us. Christ frees the heart trapped in sin and addiction. He stated that, I came to set them at liberty that are bound (Luke 4:18).” For those who need physical and emotional healing, Christ is a healer. Matt 8:16 reads, “When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were ill.”
There are many provisions in Christ. The believer’s joy and part of the journey is to understand and know who Christ is and what he provides for us. It is up to us to find out through scripture and prayer and experience what is means to live in Christ and have Christ live in us. God’s mysterious plan was to send Christ to earth as our savior, our hope and our provision to live a rich and rewarding life here and in eternity.
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