Stewards of God’s Mysteries

Those who teach the Christian faith are ‘stewards of God’s mysteries’.

Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries.  (1Corinthians 4:1)

When we say that something is a mystery, we often mean a puzzle—something we have to work out; like a murder mystery.  However, that is not what the New Testament means. A mystery is a reality in which has been disclosed. Apart from it being revealed, it could not be otherwise known. Revelation comes through faith in Jesus.

In the New Testament, God’s mysteries include the following:

  1. The Mystery of the Kingdom (Matt. 13:11, Mark 4:11, Luke 8:10)
  2. The Mystery of the Hardening of Israel (Romans 11:25)
  3. The Revelation of the Mystery (Romans 11:25-26)
  4. The Mystery of God (1Corinthians 2:1)
  5. The Mystery of Glorification (1Corinthians 2:7)
  6. The Mysteries of God (1Corinthians 4:1) –Stewards
  7. All Mysteries (1Corinthians 13:2)
  8. A Mystery (1Corinthians 15:51f)
  9. Mysteries uttered in the Spirit (1Corinthians 14:2)
  10. The Mystery of His will (Ephesians 1:9)
  11. The Mystery of Christ (Ephesians 3:3)
  12. The Mystery of the Integration of the Gentiles (Ephesians 3:6, 3:9)
  13. Marriage: the Profound Mystery (Ephesians 5:32)
  14. The Mystery of the Gospel (Ephesians 6:19)
  15. The Mystery hidden throughout the ages (Colossians 1:25-27)
  16. God’s mystery, that is, Christ himself (Colossians 2:2; 4:3)
  17. The Mystery of Iniquity – or Lawlessness (2Thessalonians 2:7)
  18. The Mystery of our Faith (1Timothy 3:9)
  19. The Mystery of our Religion (1Timothy 3:16)
  20. The Mystery of the Seven Stars (Revelation 1:20)

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for the apostles. Help us to read and hear their words with faith, while listening carefully to you, and what you are saying. 

A great book on this topic is:  ‘The Glory of the Mystery and the Mystery of the Glory‘, by Geoffrey C. Bingham.  Free on a download… Here:

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About Trevor

I lived at Myponga South, in South Australia, until I was 5. I started year one at Myponga Primary School when I was 4. I loved to play rounders, hand-tennis, football, brandy, red-rover cross over, tennis, table tennis, and even softball. I had a crack at cricket for a few years. In my first match I made 4 runs. I could bowl, but the run rate didn't improve much. I attended Willinga High School. Our farm had "almost" the first bulk-milk vat in South Australia. And we even got a cement track so the truck could get up the hill to collect the milk. Enough for now.
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