Mystery versus Mysticism

“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:” 1 Corinthians 2:7

Mysticism is centered in self; Biblical mystery is centered in Christ.

Mysticism seeks enlightenment; Biblical mystery seeks God’s will and good pleasure.

Mysticism finds solace in experience; Biblical mystery finds comfort in God’s Word.

Mystics will draw men’s focus upon what they have achieved; prophets will exalt Christ through God’s Word.

Mystic philosophers use Christ as a means for accomplishing their objectives; mystical Puritans use the means of God’s graces, the Word, prayer, fellowship, communion, etc., for one goal alone: to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.

There is a mystical union, as the Puritans would say, between Christ and His people, between God and the redeemed. It is not philosophical mysticism, however. The mystical union between Christ and His people is that divine reality, which stills the soul on some occasions and stirs it at other times, because of the truth of God’s Word understood and applied; which, moreover and more importantly, draws us closer to Himself through the blessed truths of His Word. This union is a mystery, whose wisdom is revealed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is all of grace because it originates in God, established by God, and fulfilled through God.

[PLACED IN QUE EARLIER TO BE PUBLISHED THIS MORNING.  DIDN’T REALIZE THAT I FORGOT TO WRITE THE TITLE IN… “My bad,” as the young people say; “Mine iniquity” says I, a young man with an aging body and mind: “Few and evil have the days of the years of my life been…”]

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.

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