“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom.” - 1 Corinthians 2
Everybody loves a mystery, a good old “who done it?”
You don’t know until the end of the show or movie when it is revealed. You get clues along the way, but you don’t know until it is revealed.
The wisdom of God is hidden in mysteries, which means that we would never know it unless God revealed it by his spirit. The wisdom of God (mysteries) are made known by the Holy Spirit to man’s spirit.
These are written in the Bible, and we are expected by God to have faith in the things that cannot be seen nor heard.
This is not unusual in the scientific world. Let me ask you a question. What is a fact? You might answer it is anything that can be proven.
That is wrong. What if years ago someone said diseases are caused by tiny creatures that can’t be seen with your eyes? That could not be proven, but it was still a fact.
What if there is a God who created the universe and he so loved this world of sinners that he sent his son to die for their sins and then raised him from the dead, and this son ascended to heaven and will come again to judge everyone who ever has lived? You might say that can’t be proven. Right, but what if it is true anyway?
How can we believe these things that cannot now be proven?
Faith is not a leap in the dark; it is a walk in the light. A walk in the light and truth of the things shown to us by the Holy Spirit.
Our faith in what the Bible teaches is historically verified. Compare the geographically unverifiable Bible to the Book of Mormon where every place in it is non-existent.
But even today you can go to Jerusalem, Damascus, etc. No scientist can disprove Genesis chapter one. All other ancient stories of creation can be easily debunked. But the account in the Bible by a shepherd named Moses has yet to be disproven. Archeology has continually proven the facts in the Bible. Jesus spoke of worms that live in fire; National Geographic 2,000 years later proved this to be true.
However, to believe that the Bible is the word of God and in the gospel of Christ requires a revelation.
Mysteries revealed in the Bible must be revealed to the human spirit. The Holy Spirit wrote the Bible and he illumines what is there to man’s spirit.
When he does, there is faith. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” - Romans 10:17. The reason unbelievers do not believe is because they see no proof of the mysteries in the Bible.
They are right, because a “natural man” can see no proof, because they are only looking with the natural eye and “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard” the things of God. They do not have the spiritual capacity to see things that cannot be seen because their spirits are dead to God.
For centuries people called the depths of the ocean the “Silent Deep” because all they heard there was silence until scientists developed equipment that could operate in the deep. They discovered that the silent deep was as noisy as Time Square at noonday.
Lost people cannot hear the voice of God, nor see the kingdom of God, nor know the mysteries because, “the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
In conclusion, don’t get angry with people because they cannot see what you’re saying. They really can’t see what you’re saying and never will until they are born-again.
That’s like getting upset with a blind person who can’t understand your explanation of color. You can’t reason them into believing. While apologetics may have its place among the learned, the ministry of reconciliation, the way fish are caught, is simply declaring the testimony of God which is Jesus Christ and him crucified. We need to pray for ourselves and for others the words of the contemporary song, “Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord. I want to see You.” God answers prayers! I set before you Jesus Christ and Him crucified; whoever believes in Him is saved. Look! With the eyes of your heart, look to Him!
Terry Simpson is pastor at Grace Church, Clinton