Let’s revisit Luke 8:10 with this in mind: Is Jesus really hiding something?

4. Revisit the Passage to Determine the Meaning of the Word in Context

As with mystery religions, Jesus at times only addressed a select group of followers. He even commanded spirits and people to keep the ‘secret’ of his true identity under wraps (Luke 4:41Luke 9:20-21). However, unlike mystery or Gnostic religions—which kept their secrets under lock and key—the secret did not remain hidden, as Paul states. After Jesus's resurrection, everything changes. But the question remains, what was the mystērion? The mystērion (μυστήριον) identified by Jesus in Luke 8:10 was progressively revealed throughout the gospel: Jesus's own life and actions—which ushered in the Kingdom of God—were the mystērion.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Logos Bible Software. Each issue of Bible Study Magazine provides tools and methods for Bible study as well as insights from people like John Piper, Beth Moore, Mark Driscoll, Kay Arthur, Randy Alcorn, John MacArthur, Barry Black, and more. More information is available at http://www.biblestudymagazine.com. Originally published in print: Copyright Bible Study Magazine (Jan–Feb 2010): pg. 36–37.

Publication date: November 1, 2012