‘..so that they( the believers at Colosse and at Laodicea) may be encouraged in heart, united in love….in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ‘(Col. 2:2)
A mystery is something that only a select group is in the know. Parables of Christ for example (Lk.8:10)carried deeper meanings that had to do with mysteries of the kingdom of God. Those who apply only the human wisdom will hear them but do not understand. Why should there be a mystery? Only by faith one approaches Christ and is made righteous by accepting him as the Savior. What would this mean to me? It was the will of God that I became part of the kingdom of God. By accepting Jesus as my savior I fulfilled the divine Will. I entered into this fellowship of the mystery only known to God.(Eph.3:9)
A Christian is like the mustard seed in the parable of Jesus where he is planted while in body. By earthly standards he is insignificant and yet beyond human wisdom can measure he outgrows the things of the earth to be part of the kingdom of heaven.(Mt.13:31-32) We are planted thus while in our lowly bodies and if planted in Christ our Lord we are also rooted and grounded in love.(Eph. 3:17-20). Isn’t this marvelous? It is the Lord’s doing and not on our strengths. In order to be fruitful we ought to abide with him as part of his body. It is a mystery.
Mystery of his will is spiritually discerned(1 Cor. 2:14) Mystery of a Christian is that he is aware of the spirit that is in him. With spirit he is able to know the things that he has received from God. This is a free gift as St. Paul in the same context tells us:’that are freely given to us of God.(vs.12) For the spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.'(vs.10)
Human wisdom does not reckon much value to what it cannot touch or feel, It is foolishness. Be that as it may man is bipartitie being with an interior world and a physical life that the world can take note of. For anyone rooted in Christ both spirit and body must draw from the head which is Christ our Lord. It is where we are different from the worldly men. Supremacy of Christ for us would mean that there is no split between our body and spirit.(Eph.1:23) St. Paul while writing about the Church being the body of Christ speaks it is a mystery (Eph. 5: 32) We have become partakers of the fellowship of mystery but we need to grow in maturity,- not as ‘babes in Christ’ but as mature Christians. Thus we need to continue in him so we may be completely joined with him as every member in a body is connected. We can achieve our totality from the mind of Christ ie fulness. It is supplied by our Lord. This fulness assures us his fellowship ‘where God may be all in all.'(1 Cor.15:28)
Man has his body and spirit. Of the latter he only comes to appreciate when he enters into that fellowship with Christ,’ In whom we have boldness and access’. We are among worldly men but we are not of them. For the worldly or natural man his or her appetites has totally to do with body and not his or her spirit. This being the case worldly philosophy that does not acknowledge spirit is deceptive. Their human traditions are built on the principles of this world. Flag waving on certain days may honor the nation in which we have our being. It is proper to conduct as good citizens here on earth. But we ought to remember our citizenship is also to the kingdom that is to come. In short our body and spirit must be able to say amen to whatever we do in our body. ‘Does it bring honor to Christ as a good citizen in whichever state I am in?’
‘Therefore do not let anyone judge you by how you live while in body.(Col. 2:16) In the end anything that makes you disconnect from the Head is to to refused. We are to grow to our fulness even as God has willed it to grow.