Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith: Christ was revealed in a human body and vindicated by the Spirit. He was seen by angels and announced to the nations. He was believed in throughout the world and taken to heaven in glory. -1 Timothy 3:16 NLT

Religious people sometimes use the word mystery when they are confronted with a part of their theology that they do not understand. Yet the word used in the New Testament does not really communicate that. Consider this:
The word mysterion (μυστήριον) is used 27 times in the New Testament. It denotes not so much the meaning of the modern English term mystery, but rather something that is mystical. In the biblical Greek, the term refers to "that which awaits disclosure or interpretation".
I like that. In a very real sense God was a great mystery until He was mystically revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. No longer did humanity need to wonder about the nature and character of the Divine. In three short years Jesus gave us an image of God that trumped every other image. He was revealed in a human body that we might know who God is.

Open our inner eyes Lord, that we might see the mystical and unfolding revelation of Christ in our lives.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.

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