The New Testament speaks of several different mysteries. The apostle Paul tells of one of the most important, God’s perfect redemptive plan for man. Colossians 1:26-27 (NIV) “the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. That’s mystery.
God’s plan gives to us what we don’t deserve, eternal life, while mercy withholds what we do deserve, eternal punishment. Psalm 17:7 (NIV) “Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.” That’s mercy.
This is the first verse and the chorus of the song The Love of God by Frederick M. Lehman. He wrote the song in 1917 in Pasadena, California, and it was published in Songs That Are Different. The lyrics are based on the Jewish poem Haddamut, written in Aramaic in 1050 by Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai, a cantor in Worms, Germany; they have been translated into at least 18 languages.
“The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.”