Judges – Revealing Our Wonderful Secret

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the book of Judges an angel of the Lord appeared to Manoah and his wife and prophesied that they were going to have a son, a Nazarite who would look to God his whole life. The son was Samson who was a very strong man, especially in his believing. Eventually he was given over to the Philistines by his own people. In Samson we can see the correlation between him and the Savior who was rejected by Israel. Manoah asked the angel what his name was so that when the child was born they may honor the angel.

Judges 13:18 – And the angel of the LORD said unto him {Manoah}, Why asketh thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?

The word “secret” in the Hebrew Text is the word meaning a wonderful secret. This word is also used in Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulders: and his name shall be called Wonderful.” This is a reference about Jesus Christ, and in Judges when the angel said of his name “it is secret” he was saying that his name represented something that would be a wonderful secret (even the angel did not fully comprehend its meaning). However, the Savior would reveal the dynamics and realities of this wonderful secret to humanity in the ages to come.

In the Old Testament the believers had the hope of his coming, although they did not fully understand everything about his coming. God continued revealing more and more through His angels to His Prophets, and His Prophets would receive revelation and write down His Word for posterity. The angel in Judges 13 ascended back to heaven after having revealed the name of the hope of all humanity: the “wonderful secret.”

I Corinthians 2:7-8:
-7: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world {even began} unto our glory:
-8: Which none of the princes {the rulers of darkness} of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

The mystery, the hidden and secret wisdom of God was ordained before the world began for our glory, yet it was a secret that was not revealed until Christ was raised from the dead. If God’s “wonderful secret” was ever known to the powers of darkness, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory, Jesus Christ. Without the crucifixion and sacrifice of Jesus for us, we would have remained eternally unredeemed, forever unsaved, and destined to eternal damnation, and without God and without hope in this world. But because of the death of Jesus Christ we have received the spiritual life of Christ within our very hearts, and our entrance into the salvation of eternity, being forever redeemed.

With Christ within we can daily enjoy God’s “wonderful secret,” that is now manifested in our own lives. I would like to close with the God-inspired words of Paul:

Colossians 1:25-28 (Amplified*):
-25: In it {the Church of God} I became a minister in accordance with the divine stewardship which was entrusted to me for you [as its object and for your benefit], to make the Word of God fully known [among you] ─
-26: The mystery of which was hidden for ages and generations [from angels and men], but is now revealed to His holy people (the saints),
-27: To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory.
-28: Him {the Christ in you} we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One).

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by the Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Jesus Said, I Am . . . The Life

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 14:5-6 (Amplified*):
-5:  Thomas said to Him, Lord, we do not know where You are going, so how can we know the way?
-6:  Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.

What is so very interesting to me is that verse 6 not only contains one of the greatest revelations ever given to man but that Jesus gave this wonderful understanding to one person: Thomas. Yet, God in His infinite wisdom had John write it down for us to see the love that Jesus has for the individual. Let’s see how this discourse continues:

John 14:7-11 (Amplified*):
-7:  If you had known Me [had learned to recognize Me], you would also have known My Father. From now on, you know Him and have seen Him.
-8:  Philip said to Him, Lord, show us the Father [cause us to see the Father ─ that is all we ask]; then we shall be satisfied.
-9:  Jesus replied, Have I been with all of you for so long a time, and do you not recognize and know Me yet, Philip? {Again, he is teaching only one person.} Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. {So the question to us reading arises: Have we seen and mentally perceived the Savior Jesus Christ in the Scriptures?} How can you say then, Show us the Father?
-10:  Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? What I am telling you I do not say on My own authority and of My own accord; but the Father Who lives continually in Me does the (His) works (His own miracles, deeds of power).
-11:  Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me; or else believe Me for the sake of the [very] works themselves. [If you cannot trust Me, at least let these works that I do in My Father’s name convince you.]

Jesus Christ is the way to the Father, so the more we learn about Jesus Christ (and believe) from the Scriptures, the greater our understanding and knowledge of God will grow, and our personal union with Him will continue to strengthen with heavenly inspired realities. You know the saying “living the good life,” well, being in Christ is enjoying the good life, for with him we have eternal life (I John 5:11-12). Jesus Christ is the way to the Father Who is the true fountain of life.

Psalms 36:9 – For with thee {God} is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

Jeremiah 2:13 – For my people have committed two evils; {number one:} they have forsaken me {God} the fountain of living waters, and {number two:} hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

God’s Word is a fountain of living waters refreshing our souls and fulfilling our inner desires to walk within the grace of God. In Proverbs 13:14a we read “The law of the wise {i.e., God’s Word} is a fountain of life.” The two evils are forsaking God’s Word which is a living fountain, and hewing out cisterns (water barrels) that are cracked and leak, which is literally looking for the good life without God, looking everywhere except in the Word of light and life.

Jesus Christ is the Way to the fountain of living waters, he is the Truth showing us the path which takes us into the living room of God, and he is the Life, the eternal life that comes directly from God Himself.

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.
Writing within these brackets { } are the author’s notes.