Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Secret Revealed...

Do you like a mystery? Or how about a treasure hunt? The best part of a mystery (or treasure hunt) is the unbridled anticipation of solving it. You're always looking for clues, hunting for that next thing that might be the final piece of the puzzle. The movie National Treasure is a great example of this effect...hunting for a treasure of unspeakable fortune, solving clues and riddles along the way all in the hopes of cracking the code.

"Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known..." (Romans 16:25-26a)

"No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began." (1 Cor 2:7)

"...the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery..." (Colossians 1:26-27a)

Do you realize that from the of beginning time, there has been a great mystery going on all around us? A treasure hunt to end all hunts? I'm not speaking of a hunt for money, but something far more valuable. For whoever finds this treasure gains immortality and power. It's a fountain of youth that never goes dry. It's treasure that's far more valuable than money or riches. Whoever unlocks the clues and discovers this mystery receives everything his heart was truly designed for. Life, forever, in paradise. For at the end of this rainbow lies GOD. Yahweh. The answer to our purpose for living. 

Friends, do you realize that you and live in the midst of the revelation of this mystery? The mystery has been discovered! The key has been found, the clues have been de-coded, the map has been solved, and the door has been opened. The answer has been given...

"Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great:
He appeared in a body,
was vindicated by the Spirit,
was seen by angels,
was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world,
was taken up in glory." (1 Timothy 3:16)

"God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Colossians 1:27)

The greatest treasure hunt the world will ever know leads right to Jesus Christ. He is the answer. He is the doorway. He is the path to all the riches of His Father's kingdom. Christ In You. CHRIST IN YOU! I cannot possibly over-emphasize the power in those three words. Our hope, our only hope is found in those words.

Christ = The "Anointed One"
In You = He actually lives in you...you are the temple where the King of Kings resides, the Holy of Holies.

Here's the real secret, though; this doorway will not stay open forever. There is a day coming where the door will be shut, forever. Just like the movie Stargate in which a portal opened to a world beyond our own, so Jesus is that opened portal to God. It will not be open forever.

Friend; do you know the day or hour of your death? Have you entered in?

"Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near." (Isaiah 55:6)

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