Discover 2 treasures in this ancient text
The Greek language was created by God for the recording of the New Testament. I am not a Greek scholar, by any means. However, I have learned that the Greek is a much more dynamic language than our American English.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are all called to be faithful stewards of the mysteries of God (1 Corinthians 4:1-2). Logically, our first step will be to search out the mysteries we have been given to steward—as treasures in a field. This is to our benefit.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2
Here are a couple of examples for your encouragement (to search) and edification:
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
Many translations of this verse end with “that we should do them.” This is a mistranslation. God did not create us to do good works. That is His job. Our responsibility is to walk in them – as vessels and instruments of righteousness. In light of this (no pun intended), the mystery of Matthew 5:16 becomes revelation.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Jesus’ command is not for us to do good works. It is to let our light shine, so that the Father will be glorified. That light is the very life of Jesus (John 1:4)—the perfect representation of the Father.
Example 2 – set or make
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32
Many translations encourage us that “the truth shall set you free”. In this context, the difference between “make” and “set” is enormous. “Set” is an event; “make”, a process. Jesus said, “I will make you…” He is the Truth.
Additionally, the mental image is much different. A bird can be set free… and recaptured. You cannot unmake a cake—or a disciple.
Searching out the mysteries of God is one of the most rewarding adventures of the Christian life. It is finding that which has been entrusted to us by our Maker. Once found, it can then be shared—for His pleasure and glory.
So, pass on what you have learned here. Be a faithful steward.
Rob Streetman is the president of inLight Consulting and is author of The Map Maker. He is called to encourage, edify and equip Workplace Leaders as disciple makers and transformation agents. He began inLight in 2005, after 25+ years in the IT industry.
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