The Challenge of the Christian Theology and more …
/ Ewald Frank
18. Respect for the Great Mystery
- Does all happen by chance?
- The time is near
- The only valid measuring rod
- The old dispute
- The testimony of historians
- History confirms it
- God’s confession
- God manifests Himself
- In heaven and on earth
- The Lord visits His prophet
- The »I am«
- Was the Son born in heaven?
- Spirit and Truth
- Very peculiar
- Respect for the Great Mystery
- Everyone defends his or her own doctrine
- The rock
- The Great Commission
- Thou shalt have no other gods …
- Believe as the Scripture says
- An unbelievable tragedy
- The end-time
- A challenge to all
- No one can bypass Jesus Christ
- New creation
- The Son and the sons and daughters of God
- The two beginnings
- The course of church history
- No man’s influence
Indeed, it must be revealed, for it is a mystery and is hidden. As we can see life manifested in creation, yet we don’t see life itself, only its manifestation, so it is with God in Christ: We do not see God, the Spirit, we see Him manifested: »He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father!«
Paul had deep respect for God, He expressed this great mystery simply yet to the point: »And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the nations, believed on in the world, received up into glory.« (1 Tim. 3: 16).
In Romans 1: 1-4, the Apostle gives the following testimony, »Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, which he had promised before by his prophets in the holy scriptures, concerning his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was made of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead« (Rom. 1: 1-4).
In Romans 9, Paul emphasises the spiritual or divine part: »… Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; whose are the fathers, and of whom, as concerning the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.« (Vv. 4-5).
The Son of God speaks about this great divine mystery, »I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hidden these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me by my Father, and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, except the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.« (Mt. 11: 25-27; Lk. 10: 21-22). Jesus desires to reveal this to us also, but we must be ready to accept this great revelation.