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.

The Prince of Peace (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus Christ is the Prince of peace, and the greatest peace that men and women can receive is peace between God and man. Jesus Christ is called in Ephesians 2:14 “our peace,” this is much more than a simple peace treaty because Christ is in us (Colossians 1:27). Peace between God and us is something that we only need to accept and enjoy. God is the author of peace (I Thessalonians 5:23), and Jesus Christ is the one who presented humanity with this heavenly peace.

II Thessalonians 3:16 – Now the Lord of peace himself {Jesus Christ} give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

In the Old Testament Jesus Christ was prophesied as the Prince of peace, and he was the hope of all humanity to redeem men and women, and to also present us with everlasting peace.

Isaiah 9:6-7:
-6: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder {the rule and authority to make peace}: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
-7: Of the increase of his government {his authority} and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

This is a prophecy regarding Jesus Christ, who has been given some tremendous titles including “The Prince of Peace.” Yet at the time Isaiah wrote that this was a future hope for this child to be born, it was a blessing to daily anticipate the coming of the Prince of peace. In the Gospel of Luke, we have the fulfillment of this prophecy as told to the shepherds by the angel.

Luke 2:11 – For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Jesus Christ – the Prince of peace was prophesied throughout the Scriptures, the hope of mankind rested solely upon his prophesied birth, and the complete fulfillment of all that was foretold of him. Jesus Christ would bring salvation to anyone, anywhere that would simply accept him as his or her Lord and Savior. When the healing Word of God becomes known, Jesus Christ the Prince of peace becomes clearly understood; he then begins introducing to the hearts and lives of believers his divine peace, which emanates from the throne of God’s grace. Then the written, spoken, and preached Word of God floods the human heart with understanding of the true Gospel of peace.

Romans 10:15 – And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace {which is to preach Jesus Christ}, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

Whenever Christ is preached, wherever he is made known, his peace will follow and saturate our souls and bring to our hearts “glad tidings of good things.” How often have we heard and perhaps feared the hell-fire, brimstone, and condemnation that some preach? Too often I suspect! However, when God’s healing Word is truly introduced to the believer, then “glad tidings of good things” from God’s Word about Christ the Prince of peace becomes known. God gives to us, His children, the wonderful knowledge that we have the Prince of peace within, and from the moment we allow Jesus Christ into our hearts good things can come our way. God’s Word encourages us to believe positively and claim His promises in the name of Jesus Christ. The Prince of peace has a mission, which is to show us that we have everlasting peace with God and that He loves us completely.