...the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God - his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. But the rulers of this world have not understood it; IF THEY HAD, they would NOT have crucified our glorious Lord. 9) That is what the scriptures mean when they say, "no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him." 10) But it was to US that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God's deep secrets. 11) No one can know a person's thoughts except that person's own spirit. And we have RECEIVED GOD'S SPIRIT (not the world's spirit) so WE CAN KNOW THE WONDERFUL THINGS GOD HAS FREELY GIVEN US.......16) For, "who can know the Lord's thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?" But we UNDERSTAND THESE THINGS, FOR WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST.
This secret which no man knew of, for it was hidden by God since before the world began, was revealed to Paul and made known to the nations. Not just that the Gentiles were to be included in the family of God, but that everyone who believes in Jesus gets eternal life and that life is, ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory.’
This is an incredible gift and an astounding revelation. So the astounding revelation of this sacred secret is this, "if the rulers of this world
had known of it, ‘they would not have crucified our glorious Lord.’"
When the Holy Spirit revealed this secret to me, the core of my soul was touched. Take a minute here and think about this....if satan and his followers had known that Christ would live in us, they would not have killed Christ on the cross. He was one lone man filled with the Holy Spirit and he performed many great things but because of his death, burial and resurrection, his spirit is available to ANYONE who believes that God raised him from the dead and accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior. After Peter received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Bible says that 3,000people were added to the number of believers. Think of the thousands more that have accepted Christ as savior since that time!
In the Old Testatment, a few were chosen to receive the holy spirit "upon" them, but now as a result of our having accepted Jesus Christ as savior, his spirit lives within us and makes us sons and daughters of God, a gift that cannot be taken away, and so the mystery that only God knew is that Christ lives in US, the hope of glory, forever, and we empowered to do the same works as Jesus, to teach, to preach, to heal, to cast out demons. Is it any wonder then that Satan wouldn't have crucified Christ if he had known this secret? All we have to do is step out in faith with Christ's spirit and begin to act upon the promises of His word to bring about his perfect will. How powerful. Think of what can be accomplished when God's sons and daughters work together in one accord.
That should put a spring in your step today as you walk out your door. Rejoice in the Lord today for you Are a highly favored family member of the Creator of the Universe.
If you haven't accepted Christ as your savior, I encourage you to bow before him and humbly confess your sins to him, ask him to forgive you and repent (turn the other direction). Ask him to fill you with his spirit and to pour out his spirit upon you and then go and tell this "Secret" to all you encounter.