“ …the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people.” Col. 1:26
Salvation is a “collective mystery” that took place in human history, and it will not become real to us unless we experience it individually. The “collective mystery” must be transformed into “individual mystery” through our personal experiences.
Faith loses its meaning if it’s reckoned merely as a collective noun. When Emperor Constantine established Christianity as a national religion, the essence of the Christian faith started to deteriorate instantly. The quantity of the Christian church mighty has been greatly increased, the quality inevitably decreased. The Christian faith was demystified after it turned into a collective faith.
Indeed, the mystery that has been kept hidden is now disclosed among God’s people and it has become accessible to God’s people everywhere.
Isn’t it a walking miracle that our lives have been transformed through the preaching of the gospel? If you consider this transformation anything other than a miracle, you might not have experienced the awesomeness of the miracle at all. The mysterious element is taken away when the miraculous event is taken as commonplace, an occurrence void of unique significance.
Indeed, Christianity has been demystified in the age of evangelism when getting saved is reduced to simply uttering a prayer, professing Jesus is the Lord and accepting Him as a Savior. There is very little mystery involved in this process, is there? Even the act of receiving the ritual of baptism has become so sterile that people may hardly feel anything at all.
Something invisible must have taken place when people are visibly transformed before our very eyes. Indeed, there is no realm of reason for me to have instantly turned into a new person, as if my twenty-three years of life experiences had lost their impact and grip on me. How mysterious and spectacular was that! Within a period of a few months, I seemed to have turned the collective mystery of Christianity into a personal one; therefore, there was left no doubt in my mind from then on that I was a person born from above, which is, in and of itself, a great mystery.
It has been a rather humbling journey since I became a Christian, for there is no other choice for me but to continue to embrace the mysterious element of my faith, and humbly accept the reality that faith does have its reasons that the mind can never comprehend.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 6:45:00 AM