reads like an epic plot: Massive forces of evil bent on
the human race; juxtaposed against a valiant hero that leads the
faltering resistance. Treachery, treason, and murder: The perfect
recipe for a mystery, intrigue and drama. (Continued below)
setting the stage, the plot narrows to the hero’s exploits and
apparent defeat. The hero’s faithful followers are in disarray and
despair. But wait! The hero reemerges transformed, stronger and
reenergized. The tide turns, the hero gathers his forces and comes
thundering to victory in a final battle to put down the evil enemy.
familiar? It should because this story line has been repeated over
and over again in every culture and every category of storytelling. The
plot line has been used since before there was writing. It
appears in verbal traditions that have been passed down from
generation to generation for thousands of years. The oldest Greek
manuscripts which are attributed to the wandering poet Homer follow
this formula. God says there is nothing new under the sun.
human mind and emotions eagerly accept this story line wherever we
find it. It is hard wired into us as we are actual players in God’s
great epic of the ages. The original plot, and basis for all other
plots, the bible chronicles the epic account of the pride and fall of
Satan. In his rebellious rage the devil instigated a failed coup. In
his plunge from holiness to putridness the devil corrupted a
portion of the heavenly forces and lured mankind into captivity and
treason against God.
Bible is the epic record of God’s plan to redeem mankind and
restore the state of paradise that we were created for. The story
begins with mankind in the paradise of the Garden of Eden and it ends
with God’s people in the paradise of the new heaven and earth. The
whole plot turns on the one hero, savior and king: Jesus.
Bible tells the story of creation and the origin of all things and
then sets the stage for the epic tail. From the moment Adam and Eve
were escorted out of the protective presence of God the devil's
intent was to destroy them. The bulk of the Bible story recounts the
struggles of the bloodline that Jesus would come from. The devil
tried to kill the bloodline but the people of promise were preserved
over and over again by God’s miraculous intervention. Through
prophets God corrected, guided and gave hope to these struggling
finally at the time appointed, the long awaited king arrived. He was
able to cast out devils, heal the sick and even the wind and the
waves obeyed him. He proclaimed the new kingdom but much to the
dismay of his followers the devil was able to capture and kill the
hero king Jesus.
followers retreated and all seemed lost. But then hero Jesus
reemerged transformed, stronger and reenergized. All expected him
to draw his sword, call down legions of angels and establish the new
kingdom with his small band of followers at his right and left. But
the plot takes an unexpected twist. He left. The followers waited,
hiding in fear of their angry religious neighbors.
God had a secret weapon. The secret was hidden so deep that not even
the angels suspected it. No one knew. The devil would not have
killed Jesus if he would have known. We are always second guessing
God and think He is going to be late to the rescue. But when the
time was perfectly ripe, God plucked the person he had chosen to
deliver his secret to from the stony and dusty road to Damascus.
in most of the copy-cat sagas, the one selected was the very last
person anyone would guess would be chosen. Saul of Tarsus, a radical
religious nut was out on a jihad killing followers of Jesus. Sanctioned
and certified by the leadership, he was zealously
fulfilling his religious and civic duties. He was good at it. But
God had better plans for him. Who better to demonstrate the depth
and breadth of God's grace and forgiveness. To this unlikely man,
who later became known as Paul, was given the secret that God had
kept for so long and so carefully.
secret is this: Jesus (our hero) who was crucified, died and was
placed in a tomb got up from the dead, walked and talked to his
followers and was seen by many others, and was taken to heaven and
glorified and exalted as the king of kings and became the life giving
spirit: Christ Jesus. That in of itself is a phenomenal turn of
events but it gets even better: Christ, the life giving Spirit takes
up residence in all who God has called into his family. The Bible
specifically states in Colossians 1:27 that the secret (or mystery)
is Christ in you, our only hope of glory.
secret time period that we live in was not known before Paul received
it by revelation. This time period is when Christ is gathering his
body. The body of Christ, holy children of God with Christ in them
walking and manifesting the love and power of Christ in this evil
world. The devil killed the man Jesus but in doing so, millions of
us have the power and authority of Christ living in us.
secret of Christ in us is the first bold step toward reestablishing
mankind to a paradise state. Although we still walk in this flesh
and blood body that moulders and dies we are also now citizens of
heaven in the spiritual realm. Our eternal life began the moment we
were filled with the life giving Spirit: Christ in us.
“Christ in us” we have received all spiritual blessings. Not a
single one was left out. Everything that God can give has been given
to us in Christ. Christ is our sufficiency, our supply, our
forgiveness, our justification, our righteousness, our mercy, our
love, our healing, our hope. In this fleeting flesh, we moulder away
but Christ desires to shine and flow out of us. He is the treasure
in this earthen vessel: The mystery, God's secret: Christ in You.
Christ Jesus gathers his body, the devil is still at work stealing
killing and destroying. From the moment the secret was revealed, the
devil has worked over time to hide it. Paul wrote that if the gospel
(the secret) was hidden to someone it was because the devil had
blinded their minds. A sobering thought since almost all so called
Christian religions deny the mystery Gospel of Christ in you. Few
have even heard of it, let alone understand the tremendous
ramifications of God's love, mercy and peace.
God's secret was the driving purpose of Paul. His letters in the
Bible shout the mystery Gospel. For our time period the mystery is
the only true gospel. Old Testament laws and taboos do not apply to
us nor do the future prophecies of destruction. We are living in the
secret. We are the body of Christ. Our hope is not based on our
religious performance. We have been set free from religion. Our one
and only hope is Christ in us which was Gods secret.