Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. – 1 Corinthians 4:1-2
When it comes to the mysteries of God, there are seven mysteries that have been entrusted to the Body of Christ:
Mystery of Godliness
1 Timothy 3:16 deals with the person of Christ, His unique birth, nature, and death. God manifest in the flesh. See also: Acts 20:28.
Mystery of Christ in You
Colossians 1:27 deals with the mutual indwelling of Christ and the believer. Christ inside a saved person. No person in the Old Testament had Jesus Christ dwelling inside them. They had the Spirit of Christ (1 Peter 1:11), but this Spirit gave them no knowledge of a risen Saviour indwelling them permanently (see John 14:16), for no Saviour had yet appeared, no one had died, no one had risen, and no Holy Spirit had been sent for permanent indwelling.
Mystery of Christ and the Church
Ephesians 5:32 deals with the body of Christ; the Church. How two individuals, hundreds of miles apart (or billions of miles apart), can both share the same ‘flesh and bones’.
Mystery of Israel
Romans 11:25 deals with the restoration of Israel and future events.
- Israel is blind, spiritually, as a nation, but only partly. There are still Jews receiving Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, as their Saviour.
- The fulness of the Gentiles is about to come to an end. The Rapture will fulfil the Body of Christ, and then, Jews and Gentiles will be saved separately.
- At the end of the Tribulation, when Jesus Christ returns, all the surviving Jews will look on the glorified body of their Messiah and accept Christ as their Lord and Saviour (vs. 26).
- God will then establish a new covenant with the nation of Israel (vs. 27 cf. Hebrews 8:8–12).
Mystery of Babylon the Great
Revelation 17:5 deals with the Roman, Babylonian empire, which will be revived.
Mystery of Iniquity
2 Thessalonians 2:7 deals with the nature and character of Satan and the Beast.
Mystery of the Rapture
1 Corinthians 15:51-55 deals with the ‘catching up’ of the believer before the Tribulation period.
If you have a firm grasp of these mysteries, you have equipped yourself with the basic truths needed to be an effective minister of God’s word.