The Bible often talks about or makes mention of the word “mystery.” From a biblical standpoint, a mystery is a hidden divine truth that has been withheld from God’s people for a long time. That is why the entire Word of God can be broken down into seven different dispensations.
A dispensation is a period of time during which man is tested in respect to obedience to some specific revelation of the will of God. Oftentimes, these revelations are categorized as a mystery in the written Word of God.
Currently, mankind is under the sixth dispensation of God, which can be called the “dispensation of grace.” Of course the last and seventh dispensation is that of the Kingdom. Our current period of dispensation of grace began with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As a result, we are now living in a period of time, whereby, God no longer demands righteousness from man, but He is now, under grace, giving righteousness to all men, through his Son, Jesus Christ.
The Bible has already given us the results of the test, by revealing to us that the church would end up in apostasy which will result in apocalyptic judgments.
As with the previous dispensations, the Lord has revealed the last great mystery. This mystery can be found in Colossians 1:25-27. The mystery or hidden truth is that Christ is in you!
In Colossians 1:15, the Apostle Paul again points out that the Son of God is the image of the invisible God. We recognize the Son of God as Jesus and we also recognize the Son of God as Christ. The church has failed miserably in making the distinction between the Son of God as Jesus and the Son of God as Christ. The Apostle Paul makes clear the distinction between Christ and Jesus when he said in 2 Corinthians 4:4 that Christ is the image of God.
Jesus as the Son of God came down to earth and died on the cross and rose from the dead for the sins of the world. Jesus as the Son of God now sits at the right hand of God in heaven. And Jesus as the Son of God is soon to come for His church. But just as important, Jesus as the Son of God also came to earth, to show us what Christ looks in human form. In others words, Jesus also came to earth to show us, us. Jesus came to show us who we really are. Remember, God said, let us make man in our image, and the Bible says that image is Christ.
God has given us this hidden truth as part of His dispensation of grace. God wants us to realize as believers that since Christ is in us, we now have the same virtues, character, thoughts, attitudes and deeds that He has. God does not want us to be like Jesus, He wants us to be like Christ. That is why we are called the Body of Christ instead of the Body of Jesus.
When God looks at a believer, He only sees Christ. Everything in our lives is working for our good, because God has predestined us be conformed to the image of His Son that He placed inside of us at conversion. We can never become that image on our own merits and work because we are already that image. But we can be that image, the moment we accept this divine truth by faith. For the truth not mixed with faith cannot profit you.
The Apostle Paul in Colossians 1:25-27 made it perfectly clear that he was made a minister for the purpose of fulfilling the Word of God. In other words, Paul was made a minister to preach the full Gospel, including that which has been hid in past ages and generations. That is why, throughout his spirit inspired writings, Paul is able to tell all believers that they are already holy, they are already blameless, perfect and complete, they are already full of the glory and righteousness of God. And this is what every Pastor should be telling God’s people instead of always preaching you have to become. Of course it is difficult for any minister to preach these truths if they have not been made a minister by the dispensation of God.
As a result of this truth, our walk with God as believers is not to get Christ in us, but to get Christ out of us.