God’s “Secret” Gospel – A Study
By Arthur J Licursi
1) The Mystery(Gk. musterion, secret, concealed) Gospel – Revealed &Dispensed
For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2If ye have heard of the dispensation (oikonomia, administration) of the grace of God which is given me to youward: 3How that by revelation he (Jesus Christ) made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) …
Ephes. 3:1-4, 11
11According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ…
2) This Gospel was Kept Secret Since the World Began (Also Kept Secret by Jesus)
I (Jesus) have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: … John 16:15 … he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
Romans 16:25 …according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
1 Cor. 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden (apokrupto, concealed) wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
Col. 1:26a the mystery which hath been hid (apokrupto, kept concealed) from ages and from generations …
3) First Received by Paul from Christ … Paul Calls this Secret Gospel, “My Gospel”
… he is a chosen (ekloge, divinely selected) vessel unto me, to bear my name (onoma, authority)
Gal 1:12 (gospel) I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ
Col. 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil (pleroo, finish, make replete) the word of God;
Rom 16:25 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,
Rom 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
1 Cor. 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, lethim acknowledge that the things that I (Paul) write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
4) Paul says, “Any Other Gospel” Is To Be Accursed
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
5) Paul Reveals this Mystery(musterion, secret, concealed) Gospel?
Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints (believers): 27To 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: 28Whom we preach…
6) Christ, As the Spirit of Life, Now Literally Indwells Every Believing Child of God
… saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
2 Cor. 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: …1 Cor. 15:45 … The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam (Christ) was made a quickening (life-giving) spirit.
1 Jn 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
1Cor. 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Jn 3:6…that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit
Rom 8:9-10 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
7) Why Was Christ’s Indwelling Kept “Secret”?
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery (secret), even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
1 Cor. 2:7-8
8) Christ Living In and Through the Believer, is the Pauline Gospel !
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Col. 3:4 Christ, who is our life, …Col. 2:9-10 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.10ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
9) Now We Walk “In Christ Jesus,” subject to the Indwelling Spirit of Life
the law (working) of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Gal 5:18 if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Galatians 5:16 I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:25 If (Since) we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
<END>10/17/04 (NOTE: All Scripture References from the Authorized Version of the Kings James Bible.)