One of the most amazing privileges of being a Christian is knowing the answers to the so-called hidden mysteries of life God reveals to us in His Word. Philosophers spend a lifetime trying to determine the meaning of life, and we already know. Artists and musicians try to capture the image of true, faithful, unselfish love in their paintings and music, and we have an unrivaled masterpiece of love on display in the person of Jesus Christ.
The answer to all of life’s mysteries or hidden truths are available to us because we are beloved children of the Most High – which is one of the most glorious blessings of being in Christ.
Today, we are using Ephesians 3:5 to help focus our prayer time with the Lord. This passage reads:
Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets.
We know, of course, this specific mystery has to do with both Jews and Gentiles making up the church together. But the underlying principle is the fact there is a truth God has chosen to keep hidden from men for thousands of years for His own purpose. And now, by the Spirit living in each of us, He has decided to reveal His heart and plan to those who belong to Him. Not to everyone, just to those He calls His children (Rom. 8:16-17).
We Can Know All Things
The answers to questions like, “How did the world begin?” are found only in the Word of God. “Where did man come from, what is the origin of sin, what happens when we die, is there really a heaven and hell, when will the world end?” and so many others questions are all revealed by the Spirit in the Scriptures.
This ability to know things the world struggles with is often an overlooked blessing to those who know the Lord. Because God is sovereign, He sees the end from the beginning (Isa. 46:10). Nothing surprises Him. And since we’re now in Christ who knows all things, nothing should surprise us. God, in His Word, has made unfathomable promises to His children. These promises are for life, safety, acceptance, security, unconditional love, an indescribable future, and His abiding Presence living within us. These are promises not shared with the world. As His children, they are for us, alone.
Pause, take a deep breath and reflect on how blessed you are to have the Omniscient One, the all-knowing, all-powerful, sovereign God, residing in you. Today’s passage says other ages were purposely kept in the dark regarding this mystery, or regarding some truth God withheld from them. But now, in His time, He has chosen to reveal this mystery by the Spirit to the church. And since you are His church, this marvelous blessing is for you. It was not just for those in the New Testament. This same kind of revelation, a rhema, or a personal revelation of truth to you, still exists today. God still speaks to His people, both individually and as His church. It is part of our birthright, our inheritance, as children of God.
When you have a question or need direction or are struggling to make sense of the circumstances you face, you can always ask God. Why? Because He hears. Better than just hearing, He listens. As a loving Father stoops down to hear the voice of his child, so your Father does the same to you. He cares for you and all your troubles. Your concerns are now His concerns.
But as encouraging as this may be, it gets even better. We have something even the angels don’t possess. We have the Holy Spirit living within us, forever. We are “sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance” in Him (Eph. 1:13-14). But there is more. Jesus said, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I have said to you” (John 14:26). There’s nothing you can’t ask God. And there is nothing He is not able to show you. Why? Because Jesus said the Spirit, who now lives in you, is there to “teach you all things” (John 14:26). Read it again, all things. There’s no confusion nor chaos nor misunderstanding about anything you can’t lovingly ask your Father. He delights in revealing more of Himself to you. After all, how else can you be conformed to the image of His Son? (Rom. 8:29).
So today, as you begin to pray, spend some time thanking Him for revealing His heart to you. He has chosen to place Himself within you and to remain in you, to call your body His home, to reveal “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27). Why? So we can have an intimate, passionate, loving, trusting relationship with the Son of God forever. What a blessed people we are!
Time to Pray
When you think about what you need from the Lord today, take a moment to reflect on what you have already received. The Lord desires to “conform you to the image of His Son” (Rom. 8:29). It’s an ongoing process, a good work in you He has begun and promises to complete (Phil. 1:6) to make you “complete in Him” (Col. 2:10).
Father, I thank You for being the All-knowing, All-powerful, and Ever-present God. I thank You for Jesus Who gave me the perfect example of how to live in harmony with You. And I thank You for Jesus’ promise not to leave me as an orphan (John 14:18), but to send the Spirit to be with me forever (John 14:17). I can’t thank You enough for that blessing.
Lord, as life gets more troubling and uncertain, I thank You for revealing the future to me through Your Word, not only the future of the world, but my personal future. I rejoice that You are now preparing a place for me to be with You in Your Father’s house and of Your promise to receive me to Yourself, so I will forever be with You (John 14:2-3). Knowing all this, please forgive me for my doubt and fear, for my anxiety and needless stress, and for forgetting Whose I am and to Whom I belong. I confess my vision of You is too small. But I know I am Yours, Lord. Thank you for choosing me to be Your child (Eph. 1:4-5). Thank You for loving and saving and redeeming me and for revealing Your heart to someone like me. I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.