Our Lord declared that the mystery of GODís kingdom is only given to those few within the pale. To the many who are outside, who have not entered in through the door, HIS kingdom is hid.
The Invisible GOD
From the beginning of creation GOD has chosen to be hid. It is quite astounding that the GOD who is everywhere cannot be found anywhere. HE has hid HIMself, HE has hid HIS kingdom, and HE has hid HIS purposes. Scripture reveals to us that even HIS judgments and riches are unsearchable, that both HIS wisdom and HIS will are mysteries.
What GOD has hid, no mortal or spirit can find. We read that even the prophets enquired and searched diligently concerning some things GOD had hid, yet could not find an answer. And could the prince of this world have known what GOD had hid, he would never have done his evil deed in crucifying our Lord. When GOD hides something it is hid until HE chooses to reveal it.
MARK 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without [out of doors], all these things are done in parables:
The door into GODís invisible kingdom is HIS word. Yeshua (Jesus), who was that word in the flesh, testified that He was the way, the truth, and the life. Unto what was He the way? He was the way unto the invisible GOD. What truth was He? He was the truth about how one enters into GODís invisible kingdom. And what life was He exclaiming to be? The more than abundant life, which is only found within the Fatherís hidden kingdom.
Paul wrote in his letter to the Colossians that in GOD are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Once we by faith have "forsaken Egypt", as Moses did, then we too can see "him who is invisible". But we cannot see HIM in "Egypt". We must cross over the sea and journey through the wilderness to enter into HIS Promised Land. Until we have forsaken this world and its allurements, HIS treasures remain hidden.
We knew nothing of HIS kingdom before our arousing, for we were under the power of darkness, enslaved to the kingdoms of this world. We only made bricks for our taskmasters. But now in HIS goodness HE has delivered us from that world, and transported us into the kingdom of HIS dear Son. Now we can begin our journey to know and to understand, for now the mystery has been revealed. Now the mystery that was "hid from ages and from generations" can be made known to HIS saints (COLOSSIANS 1:26). Now can be known the mysteries of HIS will. Now can be opened the treasures of HIS wisdom. Now that which was invisible can be made manifest.
Our Heavenly Father has "made" us adequate to fully share in the inheritance. HE has delivered us from the "power" of darkness, which had previously blinded us to the truth, the eyes of our understanding having now been enlightened. Why? That we may know what is the hope of HIS calling. HE has called us unto HIS kingdom, and we are beseeched by Paul in EPHESIANS to walk worthy of that calling.
Now finding ourselves in the light, we can begin to realize all that this new creation entails. We can know that our Lord, who is the head of the body of believers, has been raised from among the dead and set in the heavenlies, at GODís own right hand. And further, that we as members of that body, also having been raised up together with Christ and made also to sit together with Him in the heavenlies, are likewise at GODís right hand.
From our perspective, we are unworthy to even unloose His sandals. But from GODís perspective, HE has made us "acceptable". This body of believers, "supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow" (COLOSSIANS 2:19, NIV).We had been alienated and enemies in our mind, yet now we have been forgiven, redeemed and reconciled, so as to be presented "holy and unblameable and unreprovable in his sight" (COLOSSIANS 1:21-22). Having been dead in sins, now we are "quickened [made alive] together with him". We are "complete in Him". Because of our completeness in Him, we now have "access by one spirit unto the Father".
Christ is among us! This is the "riches of the glory of the mystery" (COLOSSIANS 1:27). We no longer must beg for the crumbs that fall from the masterís table. We no longer must wait for the words of GOD to first be spoken in the Synagogue of the Jews. Now in our "earthen vessels" we have this treasure.
stand fast!Once we have entered with the few into GODís kingdom we must stand fast and be unmovable, for the ruler of this world desires to drag us back out into his darkness. Many of our brethren before us have not endured.
We should not be so over confident as was Peter when he boldly exclaimed, "Although all shall be offended, yet will not I", when before the cock would crow Peter had already denied the Lord. Let us aim for a maturity that Peter eventually found, when after the Lord asked him if he loved Him more than the others, Peter could no longer boast. He could only humbly reply, "Lord, thou knowest all things" (JOHN 21:17). If we stand today it is only by faith. If we feel strong, let it be in HIS grace. If we feel rich, it is not in our possessions, but in our knowledge of HIS greatness.
Paul instructed the "faithful" believers at Ephesus, to "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil" (EPHESIANS 6:11). If we are told that we need armor to stand, it must be likely that we will fall without it.
The treasures of HIS wisdom have been opened up to us for a reason. The light of the truth has not been given us to put under a "bed" that we may lie back and take our ease. Nor is it to be put under a "bushel" that we may be content with our gain. Its purpose is to further illuminate our path, that we may continue our walk.
The wiles (methods) of the Devil are known. The "snares, seducing spirits and doctrines of devils" are from his old bag of tricks, yet they are still effective in causing some to "depart from the faith". We know that any pleasure he offers is only a counterfeit of that which "cometh down from the Father of lights". And any pressure he may exert upon us we know can ultimately result in our growth, for GOD is able to make "all things work together for good" to those that love HIM.
The tempter will endeavor to use our "lofty position" against us; just as his pride and arrogance was his fall, so also he will attempt to entice us. He will suggest to us that by our own merits we somehow are better than others. He will try to get us to forget that it is only because of GODís grace and mercy that we are anything. This is why GOD commands us to "rememberÖin time past" what and who we were.
That or else the Adversary will try to get us to perfect our flesh. He will attempt to get us to desire a look that is appealing to this world. He will get us to measure our success by some standard that this world uses. It might be by the number of our followers, or by the grandeur of our auditoriums, or worse, by the vast knowledge GOD has revealed to us. Never forget, "knowledge puffeth up" like a balloon, but love builds up like a fortified castle.
We are reminded of Paulís question to the Galatians, "having begun in the spirit are you now made perfect by the flesh?" His answer was straight forward,
GALATIANS 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Yes, many of us were once "entangled". Be not again, for GOD has "made us free" by HIS word.
Our reward far surpasses the struggle of our search. HE who will someday roll the heavens together as a scroll has opened up to us HIS hidden treasures through HIS word. Let us also be counted worthy to enter into HIS hidden kingdom where Paul revealed to the Colossians that we have been "hid together with Christ", there also with GOD (COLOSSIANS 3:3).
PHILIPPIANS 4:1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.