Who Done It?
Who done it? is an appealing question people love to ponder because almost everyone loves a good mystery. Writers aspire to develop stories rivaling those by Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Every night, TV programming features shows that revolve around solving mysteries.
Wired to Ask Questions
Humans are wired to seek answers to difficult questions. Every child asks the same things:
- How did I get here?
- What happens when you die?
- What will I be when I grow up?
- Why? Why? Why?
Universal questions people ask are:
- Why am I here?
- Do I have a purpose?
- What’s it all about anyway?
- Is God real?
- Is there life after death?
Those who deny the existence of the human soul cannot deny that humans instinctively search for answers to these basic questions. Maslow wasn’t one hundred percent right; even if a person is at the bottom of his theoretical hierarchy of needs–the basic physical needs level—he or she still thinks about the highest matters in the hierarchy, self-actualization and self-transcendence. No matter where we are in the human “pecking order,” we seek answers to these challenging, existential, soul-searching questions.
Mysteries of God
If you believe in the existence of the Creator God, his Word, and the human soul, then you can add this question to your list: What are the mysteries of God? Paul addresses this subject directly in five of his letters to the early church: Romans, 1 Corinthians, Ephesians, Colossians, and 1 Timothy.
Perhaps the greatest mystery of all is God’s purpose and His scheme to redeem humanity. That is too large for this post, or a thousand posts, to cover. We know more than earlier generations through the New Testament Scriptures, but I’m sure there are mysteries still to be revealed at the end of time.
The mystery dearest to Paul’s heart was God’s calling to Gentiles (for which I’m profoundly grateful) and their inclusion in the church without the need to obey the law of Moses first.
When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. (Ephesians 3:4-6)
Peter also alludes to the mysteries of God:
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating…. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you … things into which angels long to look. (1 Peter 1:11-12)
Other mysteries we could investigate are:
- The hardening of Israel
- The incarnation of Christ
- Christ’s relationship to his church
- The second coming of Christ
Even though I have come to this topic through Ephesians 3, I think 1 Timothy 3:16, about the wonder of Christ Jesus, is a great place to end today’s thoughts:
Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory. (1 Timothy 3:16)
What mysteries of God do you think about most? Please leave your comments below.