Paul says in ( Ephians 3:9 ) That the church is the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God. For all the ages of history, God had a secret He wasn’t telling anyone. A mistery in the bible isn’t something that’s hard to figure out. A biblical mystery is something previously hidden that has now been revealed. Paul says the church was God’s mystery, kept hidden until His time to reveal it. And why was the mystery of the church revealed? Paul answers that in verse 10: in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in heavenly places. God demonstrated His multicolored wisdom through the church. That’s what the word manifold means. God’s wisdom is multicolored. What a tremendous statement! God has unveiled His great mystery which is that by His grace, He would save unworthy sinners of every race and language and bring them together into a brand new community called the church. Grace was the curveball God threw at satan. The devil didn’t count on grace. All Satan knew was that all of us had sinned and rebelled against God the way he had sinned and rebelled. And Satan knew that a Holy God could not tolerate sin, but had to judge it the way He judge Satan.But God had a surprise for Satan: His grace. God demonstrated something marvelous to the entire angelic realm. He sent His Son to redeem lost people and bring them into a new relationship with Him through a new entity called the church. Only the manifold wisdom of God could pull off a program like that. But God did it, and in so doing He exhibited the church to all of creation as evidence of His wisdom. The devil and his demons and the Holy angels too were left staring in amazement. Peter says the angels are looking at the church, trying to figure out how God’s grace works ( 1 Peter 1:12 ). They had never seen grace before, and now they are looking at us in wonder. Tune in next week for more of God’s powerful word.