The quick answer to the question is simply, no. God is not mysterious.
We have this view of God sitting somewhere up in Heavenly realms, surrounded by a glowing aura, guarded by Gabriel and a host of other angels. Completely inaccessible. Hard to figure out. Confusing. Unpredictable. Out of reach. Undoubtedly mysterious.
If we read our Bibles, we can grow into an understanding that God is not way off somewhere doing His thing, and we are left here to wonder.
This week, I’ve camped out in Colossians 2. What an awesome chapter of scripture. I can’t sit at work reading the Bible, so I listen to it on my iPad. I’ve listened to this passage over and over all week. And it hasn’t ceased to be absolutely amazing.
Col 2:2-3 says (emphasis mine):
My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
The word namely is defined as “used when giving exact information about something you have already mentioned“. In other words, Paul is saying that the mystery of God is Christ. So it only makes sense that if we know Christ, we know the mystery of God. Are you with me?
Colossians 1, also awesome, says this (emphasis mine):
25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
They mystery was hidden, but now it’s been revealed. Again, it’s Christ in us, the hope of glory.
We have made the Gospel something so difficult, confusing, and hard to understand, when in reality, it’s quite simple. The simplicity of the Gospel is in Jesus.
2 Corinthians 11:3 (emphasis mine):
3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Jesus is the Gospel. He said to follow Him. God has revealed all mysteries by sending Christ to die on a tree. What are we still trying to figure out?
We have to die to ourselves, give up all rights, and follow Jesus.
Jesus was a man walking the earth, in constant communion with Father God, moving in the power of the Holy Spirit. We should be no different. There isn’t a big mystery here. We shouldn’t be running through life, blinded by trials, wondering what God’s will is for our lives.
His will is that we follow Jesus. On the mount of transfiguration, when Peter wanted to build a tabernacle for Moses, Elijah, and Jesus, God interrupted him and said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” In Hebrews, it says God spoke through the prophets in the days of old, but in these last days He has spoken through His Son.
Everything points to Jesus. Let’s stop making this so complicated and return to the simplicity of the Gospel. Love God with everything you have, and love others.
We do that by following in the very footsteps of Jesus.