What comes to your mind when you think of the word mystery?
For me, I think of the Nancy Drew novels I read as a little girl.
Perhaps the television shows like CSI, Monk or reruns of the Mod Squad or Matlock may spark some memories.
Looking up the word “mystery” in the Webster’s dictionary, one would find a variety of synonyms including perplexity, stumper, mystification, puzzle, riddle, secret and closed book. Deepening the search, each of these words has a definition that all shines the light on the word “mystery.”
For instance: perplexity means bewilderment; stumper alludes to being baffled; mystification includes being mysterious; puzzle also means perplexity; riddle alludes to a conundrum; secret implies being hidden; and closed book is just that ... sealed for specific eyes only.
Angels ponder The Great Mystery
This quick exercise as a wordsmith might seem tedious; however, out of all these various meanings and definitions, it is hard to believe that angels — yes angels — have been known to ponder on mysteries, namely The Great Mystery.
Now when thinking about angels, guardian angels may come to mind, as well as the memory of the famous picture of an angel guarding and protecting two little children along the road, keeping them from every danger.
Biblically, we see a variety of tasks and responsibilities of angels, including:
• Michael the archangel contended with the devil disputing about the body of Moses. Michael did not bring against the devil a railing accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” (Jude 1:9)
• Gabriel, another archangel, came to bring good news to Zacharias and Elizabeth, telling them that she is no longer barren, but will give birth to a son saying “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings.” (Luke 1:19)
In addition, angels:
• Joined with the simple shepherds, delivering the wonderful good news of the birth of Christ (Luke 2: 8-14)
• Brought serious message to Lot (Genesis 1:19)
• Will gather of the kingdom at the end (Matthew 13:39)
• Are ministering spirits sent forth to minister (Hebrews 1:14)
• Are on standby ready to yield and disperse to accomplish the goals and direction of Jesus (Matthew 23:53)
• Singing currently ongoing glorious praises “Holy, holy, holy” Lord God Almighty to our heavenly God and King (Isaiah 6:3)
• Ponder in a holy awe and wonderment of the greatest Mystery ever.
In the New Testament, Peter describes this angelic characteristic of inquiry best: “Concerning which salvation prophet’s conducted an exhaustive inquiry and search, those who prophesied concerning the particular grace destined for you, searching as to what season or character or season the Spirit of Christ who was in them was making plain when He was testifying beforehand concerning the sufferings of Christ and the glories which would come after these sufferings; to whom it was revealed that not for themselves were they ministering these things which now have been reported to you through those who have announced the glad tidings to you by the Holy Spirit who was sent down on a commission from heaven, which things angels have a passionate desire to stoop way down and look into (like the cherubim above the mercy seat who gazed at the sprinkled blood and wondered its meaning.” I Peter 1:10-12 (Wuest Translation)
Angels with magnifying glasses
So with investigator’s verbiage, the angels got magnifying lenses, stooped down, drawing close to seek out a deeper meaning. Why were they so inquisitive? It was such a glorious mystery; they wanted to get closer with a passionate desire to know more. They needed more information to process this intense glorious act
It may seem odd to see an angel holding a magnifying glass leaning down from heaven, looking intently with extreme focus at this wonderful Deed. However, this is the image that is given when this passage is translated into the Greek, the original language of this scripture.
Peter was writing this first letter to the Gentile believers in multiple regions. Refocusing them on the hope in Christ. Reassuring them that their inheritance is secure in their salvation of the risen Christ.
Peter gives the people a refreshing reminder in the middle of their trials ... confirming that when they make it through, they will attain jewels of praise, honor and glory for eternity.
Peter moves from this line of thought confirming upon confirmation and instilling confidence in a people weighed down with various burdens, draws them to what is already set in place many years prior by the prophets, which are being led by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven.
This is The Mystery in which the angels were so intrigued. This Mystery is not only spoken of by Peter, but by others as well.
Mystery is spoken throughout world:
Paul writes his first letter to Timothy saying:
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory.
Questions that lead to encouragement:
So, I would like to encourage you, follow the example of the angels seeking after The Great Mystery who is Christ.
• Will you develop a passionate desire to know Him?
• Will you stoop down low in humility to look into, investigating Him as Son of God?
• Will you in complete awe begin to serve Him giving Him complete control of leading and guiding your life?
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