In September David Platt, lead pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. preached two messages on “The Secret to the Christian Life.”
Some Christian teachers discourage talk of such a “secret”, but this is a biblical concept. In the New Testament, “mysterion” occurs 27 times, meaning “hidden thing, secret, mystery…” It occurs twice in Colossians 1:25-27: “I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach… (emphasis added).
Grasping the personal significance of this mystery is not automatic; that is why the apostle prayed for the Ephesian believers to be illumined (Eph. 1:17,18).
David Platt is the founder and president of Radical, and author of books such as Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change.