God loves mysteries. You can find this word in many places in Scripture, but the greatest mystery of all is Christ in us (Col. 1:27):
“To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory” (Amplified)
That the God of the universe would choose to live inside these frail human bodies is beyond reason! Other religions can’t deal with this idea and base their doctrines or philosophies on an external god, who was too superior to humble himself to come to earth and live and die so He could live inside a human being!
I’ve found many people throughout my journey who couldn’t grasp this concept or at the worst – hated it! If there is Someone greater than yourself, you have to say, “Come in and rule in me!” This why some people keep on attempting to maintain their moral rules and standards and good works – so called – and reject Jesus. Their pride stands in the way.
Too smart for God
Stephen Hawking is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. Among his significant scientific works have been a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity, and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set forth a cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He is a vocal supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. Considered by some as the smartest man in the world, Hawking says flat-out that he doesn’t believe in God.
225 billion galaxies
Think on this…Astronomers can use the Hubble Space Telescope to view galaxies near the edge of the observable universe (the region of space from which light has had a chance to reach us within the last 13.77 billion years). By examining a very tiny portion of the sky, counting up the number of galaxies visible in that region, and then multiplying that number to account for all the regions of the sky, astronomers estimate how many galaxies there are in the observable universe. The best estimate from a 1999 study set that number at about 125 billion galaxies, but a 2013 study indicated that there are 225 billion galaxies in the observable universe. – See more at: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-resources/how-many-galaxies/#sthash.VGCcqOyh.dpuf
Incidentally, the best estimates suggest that our galaxy, called the Milky Way, contains about 500 thousand million stars and a total mass equivalent to 1.9 million million Suns.
Yet Hawking, although atypical because of his great mind, is still typical in his problem without the revelation of Jesus Christ. His brain rejects and considers itself greater than the Spirit of the living God, who created the universe. God can’t save a human who rejects His Son Jesus’ divinity and salvation. It’s interesting that Hawking’s work is a follow up to that of Sir Isaac Newton in some respects. The difference? Newton was a serious Christian believer.
The biblical definition of mystery
In the NT it denotes not the mysterious…but that which, being outside the range of unassisted natural apprehension, can be made known only by Divine revelation and is made known in a manner and at a time appointed by God and to those only who are illuminated by His Spirit. In the ordinary sense, a mystery implies knowledge withheld; its Scriptural significance is truth revealed.
The Greek word is for mystery is transliterated: mustérion. It’s short definition is anything hidden, a mystery. A mystery, secret, of which initiation is necessary; in the NT: the counsels of God, once hidden but now revealed in the Gospel or some fact thereof; the Christian revelation generally; particular truths or details of the Christian revelation.
The spirit of revelation and knowledge
Our great God has given us the ability to see with physical eyes that are amazing. So amazing, in fact, that a few years ago, one of world’s leading evolutionists and atheists, renounced his atheism because of the complexity of the human eye!
But it isn’t this amazing human eye that is essential in understanding the living God but the spiritual eyes He has given us the ability to use. The spiritual eyes are found an enlightened human spirit that possesses the Holy Spirit. God calls our spirit to attention and tells us that we can know the hope of His calling by the illumination of His Spirit in us, as penned by the Apostle Paul:
“For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, 18 By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),” (Eph. 1:17-18 Amp).
Praying for revelation of life is essential, and we must do it. Some miss this whole incredible experience by interpreting one verse with one meaning when it actually implying something entirely different! Rather than heaven, God is saying we can have mysteries revealed in our spirits by the magnanimous Holy Spirit:
“But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [[a]who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed].
10 Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the [b]divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny].
11 For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man’s thoughts except the man’s own spirit within him? Just so no one discerns (comes to know and comprehend) the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God” (1 Cor. 2:9-11 Amp).
Boxing in God
No matter how brilliant one is, his or her mind is limited to space and time – God isn’t, and neither is His Spirit in us. For instance, the gifts of the Holy Spirit are revelations given to us outside the normal channels of the mind; they are Godsent, and they have never “passed away,” as some denominations contend. This kind of theological nonsense is called PRIDE, and millions of people adhere to this teaching, trusting those whose minds are closed to current revelations of the living God. It is the height of arrogance to believe the human mind is the best we can do!
Suffice all this to say the Great God, Jesus Christ, is the one who created the worlds:
“For by Him [Jesus] all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16).”
“In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god. This one was in [the] beginning with God. All things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence” (John 1:1–3 NWT).
Every unseen atom, molecule, proton, neutron, etc., and even the more miniscule parts of the material world, were created by Him and for Him. All things are held together by the Word of His power (Heb. 1:3). When He said it, it happened!
This incalculable mystery, “Christ in You, the Hope of Glory,” is certainly worth our time and meditation!