Summary: A sermon exploring the greatest secret that God kept hidden from the ages but which has now been revealed within the Christian.
The Secret in You Colossians 1:25-27
Introduction: A couple of years ago, Prime Time Productions produced a self-help video that flooded the internet and became a sensation. The video’s a documentary that consists of a series of interviews that claims to reveal a secret that can provide you with happiness, fulfillment and success in life all for just $19.95 The video’s been endorsed by new age guru Ophrah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and talk show host Larry King. Ophrah’s used the video to create a new age church with millions of female followers and herself as the high priestess. Now just what is this secret law that will fulfill all your dreams and give you the keys to happiness, success and fulfillment? Well, let me save you $20.00 The secret can be described in four words, “The Law of Attraction.” The law of attraction is simply this: You attract into your life whatever you think. Think negative thoughts and you’ll attract negative forces into your life. Think positive thoughts and you’ll attract positive forces. Millions of people have bought into this so called secret and swear by it. It’s interesting that something similar was happening when Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians. The Gnostic heresy was rampant in Colossae. The Gnostics claimed to have a secret knowledge or gnosis which would open up the way for salvation. They gained their name from the Greek word gnosis, meaning knowledge. Many Christians were being duped by this heresy. We find the same thing happening today. Some things never change. Today, I want to talk to you about a different secret. It’s not a secret that was dreamed up by people but revealed by God. It’s not a secret based on magic but the power of God. It’s not a secret founded on some philosophical law but upon the living person of Jesus Christ. It’s not a secret you can purchase for $19.95. Rather, if you’re a Christian, it’s a secret that’s already within you. I’d like to make three observations about this secret within us.
I. First, This Secret in you is an Ancient One. Paul tells us, “This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past...” God knows how to keep a secret. The Duke of Wellington is best remembered as the general who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. During his earlier service in India, Wellington was in charge of negotiations after the Battle of Assaye. The emissary of an Indian ruler, anxious to know what territories would be ceded to his master, tried in various ways to get the information. Finally, he offered Wellington a large sum of money. "Can you keep a secret?" asked Wellington. "Yes, indeed," the man said eagerly. "So can I," replied Wellington. Like Wellington, God knows how to keep a secret. God kept that secret hidden from the ages. You see, it was a secret that God foreknew before the foundation of the world, that his Son Jesus would be our pathway to salvation and oneness with God. Even though God’s plan of salvation was secret, there were hints of it throughout the Old Testament from Genesis through Malachi. This secret was referred to as the Star of Jacob (Num. 24:17), the Root of Jesse (Isa. 11:10), the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6), the Mighty God (Isa. 9:6), the Branch (Isa. 11:1), the Ancient of Days (Dan. 7:9), the Son of Man (Dan. 7:13) and many other metaphors. But this ancient secret is no longer a secret and that brings us to the second observation.