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Mysteries

October 13, 2020

“Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries.” 1 Corinthians 4:1

I recently finished reading Piranesi, the new novel by Susanna Clarke. It is a book both fantastic and fantastical, a mystery that unfolds in the most surprising ways. It is also a mystery that is not simply a puzzle to be solved, but one that leads the reader to more questions and, finally, to a point of wonder.

We’re not big on book recommendations here at the Dispatch, so take the above as you will. What makes me think of Piranesi this morning is our passage from the Daily Texts. Paul, writing to the Corinthians, describes himself and other leaders in the church as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. His point, on one level, is simple and direct: It’s not about Paul of Apollos or anyone other that the Christ whom they serve. But there’s something else going on here, too. Their job (and ours) is not to give simple answers, but to lead one another more deeply into the mysteries of God.

Jesus Christ is the answer to our deepest needs, bringing salvation from sin, death, and the devil. But this salvation is not just an answer to a puzzle; it is an invitation into mystery and wonder. As the Spirit confronts and comforts us with the Word, we are led by that same Spirit ever more deeply into the very life of God. Secure in Christ, our need for answers gives way to wonder, love, and praise.

The answer to the mystery is simple. His name is Jesus Christ. Life within the mystery is profound beyond words.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of mystery, we thank you for revealing yourself to us through Jesus Christ, and for your Spirit who leads us into all truth. May we let go of our need for full understanding, and give way to your loving presence. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Self-portrait. Me, holding a book. Just now.

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2 Comments
  1. Paul Haberstock permalink

    Good Morning Messenger of God’s Love,

    I’m sure you already caught the proofreaders notes: Paul OR Apollos; Salvation is NOT just an answer to a puzzle. For us literalists. Never the less always worth reading & meditating upon.

    With joy,

    Paul

    On Tue, Oct 13, 2020 at 6:30 AM Grace upon Grace wrote:

    > Dave Lyle posted: “”Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and > stewards of God’s mysteries.” 1 Corinthians 4:1 I recently finished > reading Piranesi, the new novel by Susanna Clarke. It is a book both > fantastic and fantastical, a mystery that unfolds in the most sur” >

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