The Mystery

So what is this Age of Grace, this Administration of the Mystery, this time in which we live? What is so special about it? What sets this administration apart from all the others? Corinthians has some intriguing information.


1 Corinthians 2:6
Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect [mature]: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:


The princes of this world refers to the god of this world and his devil spirits. We don't speak their horseshit, like climate change and homosexuality, because the wisdom of this world comes to nothing.


1 Corinthians 2:7
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:


Here we find a reference to the mystery, often referred to as the great mystery or the hidden. A mystery is something that is hidden. If something is hidden, we don't know about its existence. From this we also learn that the mystery was ordained by God for our glory, it was for our benefit.


1 Corinthians 2:8
Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.


Had the god of this world and his devil spirits known the mystery, they would not have murdered Jesus Christ. They didn't know anything about it because it was hidden. God kept the mystery a secret. No one knew anything about it, not even the god of this world. No one knew anything about it until God revealed the mystery to the apostle Paul.


Romans 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:


Peter refers to the Administration of the Mystery, the age of Grace in one of his epistles.


1 Peter 1:10,11
Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched [exereunaō] diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.


This Greek word exereunaō is only used once in the bible. Thayer defines it as to search out diligently, while Bullinger defines it as to explore, to search diligently. As it is only used once in the bible, we really need to look at ancient Greek literature to get a taste for the word, and there we find it used in reference to dogs sniffing out game. Dogs are used to flush out birds such as grouse and pheasant. The dogs sniff around and follow scent until they flush the birds out. That's this word exereunaō.

The old testament prophets, such as Moses, Elijah, Jeremiah and Isaiah, sniffed through the scriptures on the scent of this hidden mystery. They searched the scriptures diligently and prophesied of it, knowing there was something between the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow. They knew there was something missing and they searched diligently through the old testament scriptures to try to flush it out. However, they didn't find it because it was hidden. Peter tells us that in addition to searching they also enquired about it, they asked God about it. Here's the record of Moses doing just that.


Exodus 33:18,21-23
And he [Moses] said, I beseech thee [God], shew me thy glory.

And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:

And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:

And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.


The back parts of God here refers to the understanding of the old testament scriptures, while his face refers to the hidden time period of the grace administration which Moses knew was sandwiched between the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow. Moses knew there was something hidden and asked God to reveal it to him, but God told him that knowledge was not available. In the context of the mystery being hidden, look what Corinthians says about it.


1 Corinthians 2:8,9
Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.


The knowledge of the mystery was not seen by any eye, it was not heard of by any ear, in fact it never even entered into the wildest imaginations of man's heart. The revelation of the mystery, the revealing of what it actually is, was something Jesus Christ discussed with his disciples.


John 16:12,13
I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

Howbeit when he [it], the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.


Jesus Christ told his disciples that the spirit of truth was coming and that when it came, it would guide them into the all truth. The spirit of truth is a reference to the gift of holy spirit which came on the day of Pentecost. This prophecy regarding the all truth was fulfilled when God revealed the mystery to the apostle Paul. Before God revealed it to Paul, it was not available to know about it because it was a mystery, it was hidden. Even angels wanted to look into it.


1 Peter 1:12
Unto whom it was revealed [the mystery] ... which things the angels desire to look into.


So what is the mystery? Well, we know that if the devil and his ruling spirits had known about it, they would not have murdered Jesus Christ. So whatever it is, it must be something astonishing. As the mystery has now been revealed in the all truth given by revelation to the apostle Paul, let's discover what it is. Moses and all the other old testament prophets couldn't find it, but it's there for us to discover.


Ephesians 3:2-4
If ye have heard of the dispensation [oikonomia - administration] 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 [sunesis] in the mystery of Christ)


The revelation of the administration of the grace of God was given to Paul, which he mentioned previously in few words back in Romans 16 which we've already looked at. It is only by reading Paul's epistles that the understanding of the mystery comes. You can read the old testament scriptures exhaustively and you will never find the mystery in them. Why? Because it was hidden from old testament eyes. God had to keep it a secret so the devil wouldn't know of his plans. Had the devil suspected anything about it, he would not have crucified Jesus Christ.

This word knowledge, sunesis in the Greek, is defined by Thayer as a running together, a flowing together with, and it was used in Greek literature of the confluence of two rivers, the place where two rivers joined and flowed together. As we read Paul's epistles with a background understanding of the old testament scriptures, knowledge will flow together in our minds as the two meet.


Ephesians 3:5
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;


The knowledge of the mystery was not made known to anyone before this administration. The old testament prophets searched diligently for it, but it was hidden, it was a secret, it was a mystery. God revealed it to Paul and here it is written in Ephesians.


Ephesians 3:6
That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:


This is what the mystery is, a concise definition of it, but it encompasses everything within the gift of holy spirit and what it means to us. To be fellowheirs with Christ, of the same body, and partakers of the promise encompasses being born again, having the seed of God born within us, having the gift of holy spirit, having eternal life. It is everything being God's child means. It is the ability to walk by the spirit with Christ as our head. In this administration it is available to become a new creation, a child of the creator with his spiritual incorruptible seed born inside us. And it is not just exclusively available to Judeans, it is also available to Gentiles, to anyone anywhere on earth regardless of ethnic, cultural, religious, or educational background.


Ephesians 3:7,8
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 [untraceable] riches of Christ;


The mystery was unsearchable, untraceable, untrackable through the old testament, but it was revealed to Paul, and he revealed that information to us in his epistles which make up the all truth spoken of by Jesus Christ.


Colossians 1:25-27
Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation [administration] of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:


It is the Christ in you, the Christ in me that was hidden, and of which the devil suspected nothing. In the old testament, men and women had no spirit, they were dead. In this administration, men and women can be raised from the dead with power to operate the gift of holy spirit, walk with Christ as their head, and raise more people from the dead.


Ephesians 5:14
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.


Every time we get someone born again, we raise them from the dead. These are the greater works that Jesus Christ referred to back in John 14:12. We really can do greater works than Jesus Christ did. Jesus Christ could not raise anyone from the dead and give them eternal life. We can.

When the devil and his spirits orchestrated the murder of Jesus Christ they had no idea what was coming. If they'd had even an inkling, they would not have crucified him. When Jesus Christ was alive and had the full measure of the spirit that was available then, he could only be in one place at one time. Now, in this Age of Grace, the Administration of the Mystery, everyone who is born again has Christ in them. The god of this world would rather have had Jesus Christ the son of God on earth by himself than have you and me walking around raising people from the dead. Man, the power and authority we have if we only knew it.

When you look at yourself in the mirror do you see God's Word living in your heart? "Heart" in the Bible represents the inner most part of the mind. What you hold in your heart, you manifest in your life. When God's Word is hidden in your heart, it will also be that which is manifested in your life. "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Proverbs 4:23

Proverbs 29:18 states: Where there's no knowledge of God's Word, His people wander aimlessly....The King James says, Where there is not what? [Vision] Vision. Where there is no vision, the people perish. The original text reads, Where there's no knowledge of God's Word, the people wander aimlessly. So, it must be that knowledge of God's Word which makes it possible for people to know where they're going, why they're going that direction, how to go that direction, and how to live a life that is more than abundant.

Preach the Word. And remember the Word is...it says, Today is the day of salvation; now is the acceptable time. The time of the Word is always an eternal now, 'cause the Word is not a has been. The Word is not a will be. The Word is an eternal now. It lives right now, right now. Right. Preach the Word. One of the other places in the scripture it says, Preach it in season and what? [Out of season] That means it's on all the time.

Jesus Christ: the foundation stone
Ephesians 2:19-20 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the househould of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

The chief corner stone is the foundation stone. We are God's house and the house is built on one large stone foundation: the Lord Jesus Christ.
God's Word says that the believers are the dwelling place of God. God lives in you and is at work in you to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13

Redeeming the Time
Ephesians 5:15-16
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Colossians 4:5-6
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
James 4:14
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
When you redeem something you pay a price to get it back. We buy time from the world by speaking God's Word. Our days to live on this earth are too short to waste on worldly things. Ask anyone who is 50 years old and they will tell you it seems like just yesterday they were a teenager. Our life here is like a vapor. It is gone in a moment. It is as nothing compared to the eternal life God has given us. We can redeem the time we have now by living for God and speaking His wonderful Word.

Never blame God! God is light and in Him is NO darkness AT ALL. None. Job lost all his children and his business in one day. After that, he had boils from head to toe for approximately 6 months. Yet, he never charged God foolishly. God is all good and the devil is all bad.

God gets the blame when people die. They say God took them. Hebrews 2:14 says the devil has the power of death.

When bad happens to a person. They say God is testing them. James 1:13 says God cannot be tempted neither does He tempt any man. To test someone is to tempt them to do evil. If He were testing people that would be darkness.

People get sick and they say it's God's will. III John 2 says God wishes above all things that we be in health and prosper. Why did Jesus go around healing every one. I haven't seen one record where he made someone sick. If it was God's will to get sick then we ought to do God's will and do our best to get sick. Get's silly when you think about it logically.

When people start thinking God is doing these things many times they turn away from God. Romans 2:4 says the goodness of God leads men to repentance. It's the devil that does these things and he's tricked people into blaming God for it. Stop letting the devil win and start seeing how good, loving and merciful our God really is. When you do this you will be like Job and never charge God foolishly. Your love for God will flourish!!!

Constrained by the Love of Christ
II Corinthians 5:14 - For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:.
Luke 24:28-29 - And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
In the Bible lands culture, to constrain a person means to ask him over and over at least three times. If you were to ask me to come to dinner at your house it would not be polite for me to immediately accept your invitation. The first time you asked me, I would politely refuse and give you a good excuse for why I could not come. Then you would tell me how you really wanted me to come and ask me a second time. Again, I would give you a good excuse for why I could not make it. If you really wanted me to come you would ask a third time. Upon the third request, I would know that you really wanted me to come and I would accept your invitation. This is called constraining in the Bible lands. The love of Christ manifest in his death and resurrection constrains us to live for him. We are reminded over and over of his love.


God bless and greetings
in the name above all names, Jesus Christ,
our risen lord and savior.

Listening With a Purpose

1. What is the greatest secret in the world today?
— that the Bible is the revealed Word and Will of God

2. To receive anything from God, what five things must we know?
— What is available
— How to receive it
— What to do with it after you've got it
— Keep need and want parallel
— Recognize that God's ability equals His willingness

3. What are the two sides of believing?
— Positive, Negative

4. What defeats the promises of God?
— Fear

5. What is the difference between apistia and apeitheia?
— apistia refers to those people who have never heard or who have never heard enough to believe;
— apeitheia refers to those who have heard but who refuse to believe what they have heard.

Jesus Christ: the foundation stone
Ephesians 2:19-20 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the househould of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

The chief corner stone is the foundation stone. We are God's house and the house is built on one large stone foundation: the Lord Jesus Christ.
God's Word says that the believers are the dwelling place of God. God lives in you and is at work in you to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13

THANKSLIVING

In the New Testament thanksgiving is never depicted as a day, but as a manner of life – a moment by moment THANKSLIVING expressed in thankfulness. According to the Word of God, we have the following to be thankful for:


Thankful to Christ - I Timothy 1:12.

Thankful in the name of Christ - Ephesians 5:20.

Thankful in behalf of ministers - II Corinthians 1:11.

Thankful in private worship - Daniel 6:10.

Thankful in public worship - Psalm 35:18.

Thankful in everything - I Thessalonians 5:18.

Thankful upon the completion of great undertakings - Nehemiah 12:31.

Thankful before taking food - John 6:11; Acts 27:35.

Thankful always - Ephesians 1:16; I Thessalonians 1:2.

Thankful as a remembrance of God's holiness - Psalm 30:4.

Thankful for the goodness and mercy of God - Psalm 107:1.

Thankful for the gift of Christ - II Corinthians 9:15.

Thankful for the reception and effectual working of the Word of God in others - I Thessalonians 2:13.

Thankful for deliverance through Christ from indwelling sin - Romans 7:23-25.

Thankful for victory over death and the grave - I Corinthians 15:57.

Thankful for wisdom and might - Daniel 2:23.

Thankful for the triumph of the gospel - II Corinthians 2:14.

Thankful for the conversion of others - Romans 6:17.

Thankful for the faith exhibited by others - Romans 1:8.

Thankful for love manifested by others - II Thessalonians 1:3.

Thankful for the grace bestowed upon others - I Corinthians 1:4.

Thankful for the zeal exhibited by others - II Corinthians 8:16.

Thankful for the supply of our bodily wants - Romans 14:6 and 7.

Thankful for all men - I Timothy 2:1.

Thankful for all things - II Corinthians 9:11.

God doesn't love on account of; he loves in spite of!
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