Colossians 1:26-27 (KJV) – 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:
To fully understand the mystery of the gospel, one must put himself in the shoes of a God fearing man living before Jesus died.
Proverbs 1:7 (KJV) – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Those who denied God’s existance were fools. Those who believed in God, but did not acknowledge Him with their life were condemned. Those who feared God, did not want to live without God’s approval and acceptance.
Proverbs 9:10 (KJV) – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
For a man to have God’s favor in the days before Jesus, a sacrifice had to be made for recompense of sin. All who had done wrong in the eyes of God had to make a sacrifice to God to “pay” for their sins.
Ezekiel 39:7 (KJV) – So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.
Men knew their fate without God’s mercy was sure destruction. Sacrifices were made for God’s judgement to be executed on the animal who died in place of the sinner. Because the wages of sin brought death, the sacrifice to God paid for the sinner’s atonement.
The mystery of the gospel is how much God Loves us. God put His own Son on the altar and He was sacrificed for the sins of ALL MAN. We are robed in the Righteousness of Jesus by the mercy of God when we, by faith, receive Jesus as God’s son and as The Sacrifice that paid our debt for sin. That is the mystery and the power in Jesus blood that was shed on Calvary.
Titus 2:14 (NOG) – He gave himself for us to set us free from every sin and to cleanse us so that we can be his special people who are enthusiastic about doing good things.
There is no more guilt or shame when Jesus is your Lord and Savior.