And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. — 1 Corinthians 2: 1–2
Let us endeavour to recognise the mysteries of God. It is of note that Apostle Paul does not use the term “gospel” here, but rather speaks of the “testimony” of God. The original Greek text of the Bible uses the word “mystery” in this passage. This term is also used in verse 7. This term is not intended to express that no one is supposed to learn of it, but rather that it must first be opened up and made accessible. These mysteries are revealed to those who believe. In our Bible text Apostle Paul relates this testimony, this mystery, to Jesus Christ: He is the mystery of God’s love.
The mysteries of God are revealed to those who believe. These mysteries include the fact that:
- The word of God can be heard in the sermon.
- We are a fellowship of the Spirit.
- The Lord touches our souls through grace and makes us free.
- We receive the body and blood of Jesus in Holy Communion.
What is more, the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the circumstances of our time, and our future are likewise mysteries of God which are revealed to us through faith.