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Paul’s Mystery

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Before God ever made heaven and earth he made plans for those of us who would be living in this century (Eph. 1:3). This is the mystery of God.

He:

  1. Chose Paul from his mother’s womb to be our apostle (Gal. 1:15).

He said:

  1. Salvation would be by grace and not of works (Eph. 2:8-9).
  2. That sin would not have dominion over us and we would not be under the law but under grace (Rom. 6:14).
  3. We would be blessed with all spiritual blessings in heaven (Eph. 1:3)
  4. The law would be our schoolmaster until faith (Jesus) came (Gal. 2:24-25).
  5. Man would not be justified by works but by the faith of Christ (Gal 2:16).
  6. Christ had redeemed us from the curse of the law (Gal.3:13).
  7. We had been raised up to sit with Christ (Eph. 2:6).
  8. We would be partakers of his promise in Christ by the simple preaching of the gospel (Eph. 3:6).
  9. We have redemption through his blood, as well as the forgiveness of sins (Col. 1:14).
  10. He had taken away the ordinances of the law that were against us (Col. 2:14-16).
  11. We have been delivered from the wrath to come (1 Thes. 1:10); because we were the children of light (1 Thes. 5:4-5).
  12. He wanted all men to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:4).

He also:

  1. Told us to set our affections on things above, not on the earth (Col. 3:2).
  2. Revealed unto Paul the unsearchable riches of Christ (Eph. 3:8).
  3. Gave us pastors and teacher so that we could grow in truth (Eph. 4:11-16).
  4. Promised to change our vile bodies to be fashioned like his glorious body (Phil. 3:21).

All of the seventeen things listed above are guaranteed and are only found in the writings of Paul. They are unique to the “Mystery” as revealed unto Paul.

We have a responsibility and that is to share the message of rightly dividing the Word of truth as outlined in the Pauline epistles.  Most staid denominational advocates will shun you and call you names if you speak about the mystery, but do it you must.  You may be the one ray of light someone has been looking for.

Share the secret of the “Mystery” to everyone who will listen.

The mystery is about the Dispensation of the Grace of God. Eph. 3:2, 9: For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: See Col. 1:25 also.

Christ dying for our sins was a mystery and the fact that certain Gentiles could be saved was mystery (Eph. 2:11-14). These Gentiles were: 1) without Christ, 2) aliens from thecommonwealthofIsrael, 3) strangers from the covenants of promise. They also: 4) had no hope of being part of Christ’s body, and 5) were without God.

The mystery is about the resurrection. 1 Cor. 15:51-55: Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

Before this fact was revealed to Paul there was no scriptural knowledge of life after death.  Without this secret being revealed, there would be no hope, no eternal life with God.

The mystery is about Israel’s blindness. Rom. 11:25: For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

God knew he would have to do something drastic withIsrael, His chosen people.  He did that in Acts 28.  But since He knew this would come about, He made plans for the Body of Christ to carry on in her absence. God chose the Body of Christ before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:3-4).

The mystery is about the preaching of Jesus Christ. Rom.16:25-26: Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

What is the preaching of Jesus Christ? It is 1 Cor. 15:1-4; which is Christ died for our sins, was buried and was resurrected. Why was that important?  Because the gospel of Peter was baptism was for remission of sins.

The mystery also concerns telling of the mystery of Christ. Col. 4:3:  Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

 The good news that Christ died for our sins must be shared.  There is far too many who preach a false doctrine of hope.  They still teach that baptism is for remission of sins and completely disregard the blood of Christ.  If you do not understand the difference, how can you explain it to others?

The mystery is about the Mystery of God. Col. 2:2: That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ.

The mystery of God is everything above. Look at Ephesians 1:3-4: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

God choseIsraelto spread the news about Him. They failed, but God knew they would and so before He ever called out Abram, He planned to call Paul to reveal the mystery concerning Gentiles.

If you have never heard of this, don’t get mad, praise God that he planned it all.  Study your Bible and you will see the wonderful things God planned for the Body of Christ.

You have just read the truth of the mystery, therefore are no longer in the dark. What will you do about it?   There are many teachers such as myself who are waiting to show you truth.  Find out who and where they are.  Go sit under them.  Support them with your presence and your money.  Most of them teach without ever asking for a penny, but that does not mean they can’t use it.

You may have quit going to church because you have said the following:

  1. All they talk about is tithing.
  2. Every year they ask us to pledge a certain amount of money.

You will not hear those things from most grace preacher/teachers.  But they have mortgages to pay, food to buy and things that are essential to everyday living. And if you have received a spiritual blessing from their teaching you should honor them with the fruits of your labor.

The Bible says the laborer is worthy of his reward (1Tim. 5:18). Most Bible teachers I know study or teach 16-18 hours a week.  That does not include the time spent in traveling from one location to another, many travel as much as 3-5 hours one way; and often times they do not receive enough money to pay for their gasoline, much less the wear and tare on their vehicles.

One of the barometers I used in determining one’s spiritual growth is one’s appetite for giving to the servants of the Lord. Those who have been blessed the most should give the most, but sadly they do not. Too many people are as negligent about giving as they are about studying their Bible.

What are your priorities?