At some point in one’s life, a person become cognizant that there is something off – that they may be a good person, but that it isn’t enough in the grand scheme of things. They begin to recognize sin. Sin means “missing the true goal and scope of life; offense in relation to God with the emphasis on the resulting guilt. See Romans 3:23.” The realization of sin (and the conviction that follows) may come through a dream, a crisis in one’s life, a “light-bulb” moment (a time when something you heard before is suddenly understood), a conversation, a world-event, a simple call (that recognition of personal sin) during a reading of God’s Word, or many other instances. Keep in mind that at this point, reason may try to set in, justification in one’s mind. Sometimes they are words from loved ones declaring that this is a “crazy” idea – not acceptable in the world today. They may have you consider your future – job, family, your lifestyle, etc. There may be many who try to dissuade you! They may even give you an “alternate solution” for your current conviction; to challenge its reality and validity (some may mock by saying that the Bible is a book of myths and legends, and that no one should believe it). However, there must be a certain amount of understanding of the life choices one makes – the penalty for sin and the reward for Faith.
When one feels this “bothering” (conviction of sin), they need to understand why. One should search out this matter, understanding the mystery behind it: the greatest mystery of all time, which many do not understand — because it must be revealed to them. What is this great mystery? “26. Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27. To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:26-27). Notice that this great mystery has only been made known to “his saints” (Christians, those who trust in Jesus). It has been hidden from everyone else (the lost, those who are not Christians – those apart from Christ), and they cannot understand this mystery. This lack of understanding is the condition of one who becomes under conviction of sin. It is important that one set out to understand this great mystery.
The question is, “How does one understand the great mystery of all times and the things of God?”
It is important for that one who feels this conviction to go to one that can help him find the answer to this mystery – a Christian; one who has God’s Word, the Bible. What does this person have the ability to do? “25. Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26. But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith” (Romans 16:25-26). Only by the gospel message of Jesus Christ being preached (declared from the Bible by individuals) can this great mystery be understood. It is revealed in Jesus and made known to us through the Scriptures. And the desire to discover the answer comes with that conviction. “44. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me” (John 6:44-45). Anyone who is drawn by God wants to know this great mystery. It is then that the search begins. That is when the mystery will be revealed: “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 Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” (I Timothy 3:16)
Jesus is the answer to the greatest mystery of all times.
Have you the desire to search out the greatest mystery of all times?