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The Mystery

As Lutherans, though this is not true of all Lutherans, we tend to move away from a faith that is driven by some sense of "special" knowledge or "divine revelation." It is almost oxymoronic to think about, much less say, "charismatic Lutherans." Whatever else can be said about us, at the top of that list is that Lutherans are practical. 

But Paul, whom we love, makes it clear that to worship God, is to worship a mystery. In his letter to the church at Ephesus, he writes these words, "Surely you have heard about the Grace that was given to me for you. That is, the mystery made know to me by revelation." (Eph 3:2-3). A mystery he goes on to say, which was hidden in God to be made known for God's eternal purpose in Christ Jesus. 

It is hard to dance into this mystery. Not that it is hard, but that we resist to make it hard. There is in God such profound grace and love for each of us, but we all struggle with accepting. God invites us each into the mystery of Christ to expereince the fulness of grace. If we are but willing. 

So, just as Paul prayed for the Ephesians, he also prayers for us, that we might know the love that surpasses knowledge, which can only be described for each of us, as the mystery of God. 

Below is a link to a video, created by a ministry called, The Work of The People. I hope you enjoy it. 


Ralph Kirkpatrick


"For this reason I kneel before the Father"

Ephesians 3:14