Secrets are messages or activities which are hidden from being observed or detected. They are sometimes called mysteries. Small children usually discover them early on when they observe their parents whispering or spelling out secrets. Usually this is done to shield and protect them from harm or to avoid revealing an upcoming surprise. From then on they will find a world filled with secrets. They will experience it by interaction with peers at school, from huge corporations who zealously guard their secret recipes and force visitors to be accompanied by armed guards while entering or leaving their facilities ( happened to me once). They will learn that fraternal societies, cults and pseudo religions all have their codes, rituals and secret greetings and demands.
Gossip, conspiracy theories and visits from outer space aliens all thrive on having knowledge that outsiders don’t know. One bizarre example was on a History Channel which claimed the ark of the covenant was made and given to the Egyptians by space aliens and taken by Moses during the exodus. Many such odd notions flourish because humans desire to be among the insiders instead of left out. However, many secrets are necessary, especially for personal financial security or national defense issues.
The Bible often speaks about mysteries and secrets. God Himself has secrets, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us…”( Deu 29:29). Samson’s secret about this great strength was eventually discovered by a nagging, weeping Delilah ( Jud 16:6, 16, 17). This cause him to lose his strength and his eyes ( vv 19-21).
David understood that he, “…was made in a secret place (womb)…” ( Ps 139: 14-16). Solomon mentioned that a gift given in secret soothes anger ( Pr 21: 14). Jesus declared that our giving and our fasting should be done in secret so that our heavenly Father could reward us (Mt6:3-4). Jesus told his inner circle of believers, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to outsiders everything is said in parables…” ( Mk a4:10-12). Paul taught the Corinthians that, “ No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom that has been hidden…” (1 Cor 2:7) and that, “…men ought to regard us as servants of Christ as those entrusted with the secret of God” ( 4:1).
Many of the secret things of mankind happen in the dark places of Satan’s deep secrets ( Rev 2:24). However, “…God will judge men’s secrets ( Eph 5:12) through Jesus Christ…” ( Rom 2:16) They will be laid bare ( 1 Cor 14:25). As Christians we ought to emulate Paul’s secret, “…I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…” ( Php 4: 12). Peter shows us why we are so blessed to be living on this side of the cross. God kept the suffering of Christ and the glories that would follow from the prophets and angels but revealed them to us through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven ( 1Pe1: 10-12).
Submitted by Jery Bailey, Elder
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