“…he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.” Ephesians 1:9-10
“The mystery” is not a puzzle to solve, or knowledge only for the few and the initiated. In Paul’s usage, the word mystery refers to an aspect of God’s will that was once hidden or obscure, but now was being revealed by God.
Specifically, “the mystery” is an astonishing revelation – the Gospel is for the Gentiles as well as the Jews. Mystery religions in the ancient world promised to reveal mysterious truths as adherents progressed to higher levels.
For Paul, the emphasis is not on things kept hidden, but that things once hidden in God’s plan are now revealed to everyone. Paul defines the mystery primarily as Jesus Himself, whom God revealed as the Messiah to the apostles and prophets, and whom they revealed to the world in their preaching.
Here, Paul continues to direct the Ephesians away from themselves, teaching them (and us today) to trust in God’s promises in Christ.
God’s blessings on your day…