Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentColossians 1:26
- The mystery (to musthrion).
- See on 1 Corinthians 2:7 for this interesting word from musthv (initiate), from muew, to wink, to blink. The Gnostics talked much of "mysteries." Paul takes their very word (already in common use, Matthew 13:11) and uses it for the gospel.
- Which hath been hid (to apokekrummenon).
- Perfect passive articular participle from apokruptw, old verb, to hide, to conceal from (1 Corinthians 2:7; Ephesians 3:9).
- But now it hath been manifested (nun de epanerwth).
- First aorist passive indicative of panerow, to make manifest (panerov). The construction is suddenly changed (anacoluthon) from the participle to the finite verb.