That Messiah had come, some knew. That He was born a babe was understood. In those Judean hills, His real purpose was still a secret to angels and men, women and priests. A hidden mystery, even to all who knew the Baby who came.
The good news was that Messiah had come. The small group who knew had yet to understand how good the news was: Messiah had come. The King of the Jews arrived…yet Messiah was a person like none other. Ever.
Jesus was God invading creation, wearing the garment of unexceptional humanity. Yet He lived as no other human ever had or ever could. He lived the life of His Father from within, not above. His earthly shell was the container of Another.
Jesus was a Son begotten, not created.
All else that exists, came into being by Word. The Son of God being the Voice of God was the spokesman of creation – “…all things have been created by Him and for Him” (Col. 1:16b NASB). But this Son – exquisitely cherished of His Father – was not spoken into being, He was Fathered. There is no Other such in the universe. He is distinguished as the…Only One. The Uncreated, Procreated Son of the Most High God.
“Before Abraham was, I AM.”
Abba God gave away this favored Son and sent Him with joy, to a destiny of perishing that we who know Him might not perish!
God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trust in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
John 3:16 AMP
There is still a secret of the Messiah and of the Christ. The Good News is better than we thought. More amazing than we could imagine by wildest dreaming. A secret treasure God kept for this day, and kept FROM his choice spokesmen. No prophet spoke of this secret.
Then to the Apostle Paul it was revealed. A mystery so astounding that he had to remain 14 years in the desert to comprehend and live out its implications.
In it I became a minister in accordance with the divine stewardship which was entrusted to me for you [as its object and for your benefit], to make the Word of God fully known [among you]—The mystery of which was hidden for ages and generations [from angels and men], but is now revealed to His holy people (the saints)…
Col. 1:25-26 AMP
A mystery God planned. A perfect holy plan He hid in His great Heart of compassion, pitying poor fallen Adams and Eves. His profound secret of redemption was to beget “many sons” – literal children of God with His very nature imparted to their spirits. And we are now, not merely created persons, but begotten beings… “We are partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4).
You have been regenerated (born again), not from a mortal origin (seed, sperm), but from one that is immortal by the ever living and lasting Word of God.
1 Peter 1:23 AMP
Mystery of Christ
Copyright © 2003 Martha Kilpatrick
“And we are now, not merely created persons, but begotten beings…” that sentence blew me away! I had understood we are to say so “adopted children”; I had understood we partake in His own Nature. I had NOT understood the depth of it. this is stunning.
That’s beautiful, Martha! A “Mystery” (just waiting to be discovered).
“It’s the glory of God to hide a matter; it’s the glory of a king to search it out” – Ever continuing to search Him out.
Wow. I didn’t know how it would end. The way you presented it was such a surprise.