I’ve been dor­mant as a blog­ger for the past cou­ple of years and it’s time to get back at it. I’ve also cleared out a few old posts that just don’t seem to be where I’m com­ing from at this point.

Along with the relaunch is a renam­ing of the blog to “This Mys­tery,” which comes from :

24 Now I rejoice in my suf­fer­ings for your sake, and in my flesh I am fill­ing up what is lack­ing in Christ’s afflic­tions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a min­is­ter accord­ing to the stew­ard­ship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mys­tery hid­den for ages and gen­er­a­tions but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gen­tiles are the riches of the glory of this mys­tery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

The mys­tery of Christ in the believer was some­thing the Israelite could only see in the future, as some­thing they saw and greeted from afar () but which we can know in the New Covenant. “This mys­tery is that the Gen­tiles are fel­low heirs, mem­bers of the same body, and par­tak­ers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel” ( ESV).

My plan is to post what­ever items strike my inter­est in any given day, and that might include links to posts from other blogs, Scrip­ture that impacts me that day, quotes from books I’m read­ing, ser­mon audio and writ­ing. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be pre­sent­ing as blog entries excerpts from a paper I pre­sented at a think tank last July, with updated thoughts and amplification.


1:1 Paul, an apos­tle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Tim­o­thy our brother,

To the saints and faith­ful broth­ers in Christ at Colossae:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bear­ing fruit and growing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and under­stood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epa­phras our beloved fel­low ser­vant. He is a faith­ful min­is­ter of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, ask­ing that you may be filled with the knowl­edge of his will in all spir­i­tual wis­dom and under­stand­ing, 10 so as to walk in a man­ner wor­thy of the Lord, fully pleas­ing to him, bear­ing fruit in every good work and increas­ing in the knowl­edge of God. 11 May you be strength­ened with all power, accord­ing to his glo­ri­ous might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giv­ing thanks to the Father, who has qual­i­fied you to share in the inher­i­tance of the saints in light. 13 He has deliv­ered us from the domain of dark­ness and trans­ferred us to the king­dom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemp­tion, the for­give­ness of sins.

15 He is the image of the invis­i­ble God, the first­born of all cre­ation. 16 For by him all things were cre­ated, in heaven and on earth, vis­i­ble and invis­i­ble, whether thrones or domin­ions or rulers or authorities—all things were cre­ated through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the begin­ning, the first­born from the dead, that in every­thing he might be pre­em­i­nent. 19 For in him all the full­ness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to rec­on­cile to him­self all things, whether on earth or in heaven, mak­ing peace by the blood of his cross.

21 And you, who once were alien­ated and hos­tile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now rec­on­ciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blame­less and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you con­tinue in the faith, sta­ble and stead­fast, not shift­ing from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been pro­claimed in all cre­ation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

24 Now I rejoice in my suf­fer­ings for your sake, and in my flesh I am fill­ing up what is lack­ing in Christ’s afflic­tions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a min­is­ter accord­ing to the stew­ard­ship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mys­tery hid­den for ages and gen­er­a­tions but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gen­tiles are the riches of the glory of this mys­tery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we pro­claim, warn­ing every­one and teach­ing every­one with all wis­dom, that we may present every­one mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, strug­gling with all his energy that he pow­er­fully works within me. (ESV)


13 These all died in faith, not hav­ing received the things promised, but hav­ing seen them and greeted them from afar, and hav­ing acknowl­edged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. (ESV)


This mys­tery is that the Gen­tiles are fel­low heirs, mem­bers of the same body, and par­tak­ers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. (ESV)