That which is secret, hidden, or beyond normal human understanding, although it may be revealed or disclosed to certain people. God’s knowledge was a “mystery” because some of it was not known, and even when known, was not always understood. God delivered it in person (Gen 17:1), through an angel (from heaven, Gen 22:11), through dreams (Gen 20:3), or through the “Spirit of the Lord” (2Sam 23:2). In the NT, God is said to have kept the divine mystery hidden for ages, while revealing it to the ancient prophets and the Christian apostles (Rom 16:25-26; 1Cor 2:7; 1Cor 4:1; Eph 3:9; Heb 1:1-2; 1Pet 1:10-12; Rev 10:7). Often the mystery was the heart of the Christian gospel under various names: “God’s mystery” (Col 2:2; Rev 10:7); “mystery of his will” (Eph 1:9); “mystery of Christ” (Eph 3:4; Col 4:3); “mystery of the gospel” (Eph 6:19); “mystery of the faith” (1Tim 3:9); “mystery of our religion” (1Tim 3:16). (Mark 4:11-12) tries to explain why so few people understand “the secret [lit., mystery] of the kingdom of God.” Paul explained the nonbelief of Jews as “a mystery”: God has hardened part of Israel “until the full number of the Gentiles has come in” (Rom 11:25-26). Other Christian problems too were treated as mysteries: the nature of the general resurrection (1Cor 15:51-55); the time of Jesus’s return and the disbelief of many (2Thess 2:1-12); the question of whether salvation is also intended for Gentiles (Eph 3:4-6; Col 1:25-27). The meaning of a passage in the OT can be a mystery, as in (Gen 2:24 and Eph 5:31-32). Speaking in tongues is uttering “mysteries in the Spirit” (1Cor 14:2).

Gen 17:1

The Sign of the Covenant
1When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameles ... View more

Gen 22:11

11But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”

Gen 20:3

3But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, “You are about to die because of the woman whom you have taken; for she is a married woman.”

2Sam 23:2

2The spirit of the Lord speaks through me,
his word is upon my tongue.

Rom 16:25-26

Final Doxology
25Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the myster ... View more

1Cor 2:7

7But we speak God's wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.

1Cor 4:1

The Ministry of the Apostles
1Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God's mysteries.

Eph 3:9

9and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things;

Heb 1:1-2

God Has Spoken by His Son
1Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets,2but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, wh ... View more

1Pet 1:10-12

10Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours made careful search and inquiry,11inquiring about the person or time ... View more

Rev 10:7

7but in the days when the seventh angel is to blow his trumpet, the mystery of God will be fulfilled, as he announced to his servants the prophets.”

Col 2:2

2I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God's mystery, ... View more

Rev 10:7

7but in the days when the seventh angel is to blow his trumpet, the mystery of God will be fulfilled, as he announced to his servants the prophets.”

Eph 1:9

9he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ,

Eph 3:4

4a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ.

Col 4:3

3At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison,

Eph 6:19

19Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,

1Tim 3:9

9they must hold fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

1Tim 3:16

16Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is great:
He was revealed in flesh,
vindicated in spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among Gentiles,
believed i ... View more

Mark 4:11-12

11And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables;12in order that
‘they may in ... View more

Rom 11:25-26

All Israel Will Be Saved
25So that you may not claim to be wiser than you are, brothers and sisters, I want you to understand this mystery: a hardening has come ... View more

1Cor 15:51-55

51Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed,52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the tru ... View more

2Thess 2:1-12

The Man of Lawlessness
1As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters,2not to be quickly sh ... View more

Eph 3:4-6

4a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ.5In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, a ... View more

Col 1:25-27

25I became its servant according to God's commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,26the mystery that has been hidden throug ... View more

Gen 2:24

24Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Eph 5:31-32

31“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”32This is a great mystery, and I am appl ... View more

1Cor 14:2

2For those who speak in a tongue do not speak to other people but to God; for nobody understands them, since they are speaking mysteries in the Spirit.

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