31 Jul Mystery Hidden for Ages
There was a time before our time before the time of earth itself when all was well in God’s universe. Yet He knew it would not always be so. He knew how it would be spoiled and who would spoil it. God could have used that knowledge and chosen not to create the great angel Lucifer. Should He have done so He would have been forever a fraud. Freedom of choice and self-determination is the foundation of love. Angels would never have known that God’s government of love only existed because He used His foreknowledge to not create anyone who would choose to rebel. God’s universe of peace and love would have been based on a lie. Freedom would have been non-existent and thus love would be polluted. God’s character would be flawed even if He were the only one to know.
Romans 16:25 is a fascinating verse. It reads, “Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past.” The mystery was sin would happen and God had a plan; the details of which were horrific. It all involved Jesus stepping from His throne, becoming one of His created and submitting to a time of torture and death.
We think we are anxious for God to bring this to an end. He is much more anxious than we. But with extraordinary patience He endures our heartaches and pains and sufferings to make sure every issue, every question, every accusation, every doubt is clarified. This sin thing must be settled for eternity. It must never happen again because God only has one Son to give. He gave. He didn’t loan.