“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. BUT GOD HATH REVEALED them unto US by His Spirit…the deep things of God…We have the mind of Christ.” -1 Cor. 2:16
“All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, he shall take of mine, and SHALL SHEW it UNTO YOU.” –John 16:15
It is exiting being a soldier in the army of the Most High God. Our commander in chief, Jesus Christ, has arranged this mighty force on the earth, called the Church, and has given it everything that it needs to fulfill its preordained plan. And although Paul told Timothy that we were going to have hardships like any other solider would, those difficulties cannot compare to the exceeding and eternal weight of glory that God has wrapped up in His Word (2 Cor. 4:17).
The Word of God holds within it the blueprint of victory for the individual soldier, as well as the rest of the Army. When we begin in Christ we are placed in boot camp. Here we are fed with milk and taught simple combat maneuvers that every soldier ought to know. Within the confines of this army, those maneuvers are: knowing and resisting the enemy, getting along with fellow-soldiers, using weaponry, treating wounds, respecting officers, claiming enemy territory, obeying orders, and communicating with and honoring the commander in chief. Simple stuff.
As time goes by and we remain committed, the Commander In Chief sends His special agent to promote us. A soldier knows he has been promoted when his commanding officer gives him security clearance to begin seeing classified information. This information is so sensitive that not everyone gets to see it because if they did, they would not be able to keep it a secret. In their inexperience and immaturity they would somehow leak what they were entrusted with. The consequences are many and could range from a hurt soldier to a lost battle.
In Mark 4:11 Jesus told the 12 disciples that they were authorized to hear the most profound truth concerning the Kingdom of God, which he hid in a parable, so unauthorized people couldn’t understand it. In fact the word “mystery” here is musterion. It simple means “hidden forces that retard or excel the plan of God on the earth.” The Lord was going to take His disciples to a new depth that no prophet, up to that time, had ever been able to go. Why? Because the 12 disciples actually walked with Jesus. They had developed intimacy with Christ and through that intimacy, trust was birthed, secrets were passed along, knowledge was revealed, and the world was shaken after the Lord ascended because of the information that these ordinary men possessed.
What made these men unique was not their knowledge of Scripture, per se, but rather the Scriptures had been unlocked for them. They were seeing things that the scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees, and prophets of old were not allowed to see because they hadn’t developed the communion with Christ (2 Cor. 13:14) the way these men did
Through the person of the Holy Ghost, Christ wants to engage us in an intimate fellowship with him. When we respond faithfully, He will show up everyday and begin handing out the bread of life to His hungry soldiers. (Jn. 6:35) When this occurs, we won’t ever be able to causally read a scripture again and say, “yea that sounded good.” We wont be able to just pass by the Scripture on the refrigerator without thinking twice. We will get excited because what used to be locked up and hidden will be alive and active within our spirits. It wont take long before it leaks out of our mouths and begins to create those things around us !
His thoughts and ways are higher than ours but that is typical of any commanding general. As time goes by, He will slowly begin to reveal these thoughts, one by one, until we have completely put on Christ and become lost in His identity. I thank God for basic maneuvers, but let’s not stop there. Let’s access the classified information kept secret from the foundation of this world!