The Mystery

Paul spoke about “the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people.   To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27) .

The mystery of Christ is now open to us.  Nevertheless, we recognise that there are depths to the mystery of Christ that will always be beyond our knowing.  T. F Torrance continually reminds us that we can apprehend something of who Jesus is, but we can never comprehend him.

So we must avoid becoming too rational trying to gain mastery over the mystery.  Instead, depending fully on the Spirit, we gaze in wonder before the One who is open to us and yet always beyond us We give less attention to explaining the mysteries of our faith and more to adoring the God of mystery.

Christ himself is the mystery.  How can it be that God becomes human?  How can it be that God lives and moves and dies as human?  How can it be that God remains human so that one of the Triune Communion is actually human forever? We do not try to answer these “how” questions with rational analysis.  We rather gaze into the mystery of who he is with awe and wonder.

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