God who is a Mystery

God is an incomprehensible mystery. This concept arises out of the revelation of the personal character of God in the economy of salvation. When Moses asked God his name, God responded to Moses’ request by giving a virtually unpronounceable tetragrammaton. YHWHY, a name so scared that only rarely could it be uttered. The name is often translated as “I Am Who I Am,” or “He Who Is,” but it may also be translated as “I will be with you there as Who I Am will be with you.”[1] The name of God, which expresses the essence of God, amounts to a promise to be there always.

God is an incomprehensible mystery. The unfathomable mystery is that God is bound to humanity and its history through an unalterable covenant that was freely initiates out of love and is destined to be upheld despite the sin of the world. For Christians, the incomprehensibility of God takes on a new dimension in Christ: The invisible God is made visible in the humanity of Christ (oikonomia). And yet, God who is completely disclosed in Christ remains nonetheless veiled. An analogy can be drawn with our knowledge of other human persons. We speak of a person revealing herself or himself to us. By that we do not chiefly mean leaning facts about that person’s past or present but seeing with the “eyes of the heart” who that person is, grasping through love her or his ineffable and inexhaustible mystery. The more intimate our knowledge of another, the more we are drawn to that person’s unique mystery and the deeper that mystery becomes. The same is true of God; God is not less mystery on account of God’s radical immanence in Christ. Indeed, the God who is absolutely Other, absolutely Transcendent but also absolutely near to us – this God is absolute mystery.


[1] C. M. LaCugna, “The Trinitarian Mystery of God,” in Systematic Theology: p. 151-192 at 156.

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3 thoughts on “God who is a Mystery

  1. God has many Names in the Scriptures, I call Him Abba Father, He is my Daddy, we cannot know the heart of God without the Holy Spirit, (1 Corinthians 2:9-16 ) He gives us understanding . The Scriptures tell us that Jesus is the exact representation or image of His Father (Hebrews 1:3 ) as Jesus said if we know Him we know the Father, if we don’t know Him, we don’t know the Father.

    John 8:18-20 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent mebeareth witness of me. Then said they unto Him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.

    John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.

    John 10:30 I and my Father are one.

    John 14:6-9 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him. Philip saith unto Him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father.

    John 4:23-24 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.

    John 8:18-20 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent mebeareth witness of me. Then said they unto Him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.

    Christian Love from us both – Anne

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