The Mystery Revealed
It is a familiar staple of detective fiction--that scene near the end of
the book where the detective gathers all the suspects in one room
and discusses their part in the drama. The world is askew,
something valuable has been taken--a diamond, a hostage, a life.
The detective turns to each suspect in turn and discusses his or her
motives for the crime, accepting or dismissing them with superb logic
and a clear grasp of human nature. Finally, the detective singles out
the culprit, and the arrest is made. Justice has been served, and the
world has been set right again. The mystery has been revealed.
The New Testament speaks of a similar phenomenon. What was
previously mysterious has been revealed.
Paul calls it the â€œmystery hidden for long ages past, but is now
revealedâ€� (Romans 16:25-27); the â€œmystery of God, namely,
Christâ€� (Colossians 2:2-3); the â€œmystery of godlinessâ€� (1
Timothy 3:16), who
appeared in a body,
was vindicated by the Spirit,
was seen by angels,
was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world,
was taken up in glory.
Other mysteries which have been revealed include the fact that,
through Christ, Jews and Gentiles have been reunited and are now
co-heirs of the promise of God (Ephesians 3:3-6), and that Christ
has won the victory over our final enemy, Death (1 Corinthians 15:
Thanks to Jesus, the archnemesis of the detective has been
overthrown, the fear underlying all the fears of our lives has been
done away with, and the world has been set right finally and forever.