25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints.27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. – Colossians 1:25-27
In verses 25 through 27, as Paul is describing his role in serving the Church, he refers to a mystery. Generally speaking, a mystery refers to something that is unknown or to something that has an unclear meaning. In this passage, Paul notes that part of his role is to make this mystery known.
Here are several things of note related to the concept of “mystery” in this passage:
- This “mystery” refers to making “the word of God fully known” (v. 25);
- This “mystery” was “hidden for ages and generations” (v. 26);
- This “mystery” has now been “revealed to the saints” (v. 26);
- This “mystery” was specifically revealed to Gentiles (v. 27);
- This “mystery” contains something rich and glorious (v. 27); and
- This “mystery” ultimately reveals to believers “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (v. 27).
Ultimately, I think this idea of a mystery, as it is used here, refers to the gospel message of Jesus Christ. The word – Jesus Christ – is made known. Though this message was contained in the Scriptures, it was revealed in Jesus Christ. And the beauty of this mystery is that, ultimately, it means a relationship with Jesus Christ. The hope of glory is in us.