In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth– in Him. (Eph 1:7-10 NKJ)
And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, “so that `Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, And their sins be forgiven them.'” (Mar 4:11-12 NKJ)
Shhhh! Come close, I want to tell you a secret, “God sent Jesus in “the fullness of times.” Those who followed God before Jesus came, longed to see and understand the fullness of God’s salvation plan (John 8:56). We have the privilege and blessing of being on this side of Christ, and thus be able to see the details of how God has redeemed us. Abraham looked in the distance and saw the City of God. Moses saw that the law was a road map leading to a better covenant. David danced with excitement at bringing the Ark of the Covenant into the tabernacle, to dwell in the midst of the people, a foreshadow of the incarnate reality that was still to come. Everyone thought the Davidic tree was cut down and dead, but Isaiah saw the first shoots of a ‘Peaceable Kingdom.’
The Devil didn’t know what God had planned, the angels didn’t have a clue, but God chose to show just a glimpse to those that would see, and give a hint to those that would hear. This day, the fullness of the mystery of the gospel that God loves the world has been revealed to you. Unlike most secrets, don’t keep it silent—tell everyone.