SESSION 2, Continued…
1) Paul says God’s MYSTERY Gospel (Grk. mysterion, secret gospel) – is NOW REVEALED & Dispensed
Ephes. 3:1-4, 11 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you GENTILES, 2If ye have heard of the dispensation (oikonomia, household administration) of the grace of God which is given me (Paul) to youward (the members of the body of Christ): 3How that by revelation he (the ascended Christ) made known unto me (Paul) THE MYSTERY; as I wrote afore in few words, 4Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ … 11According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ…
Romans 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,
2) Jesus no doubt knew “the mystery” – but God’s secret plan that was “kept secret.”
John 16:12-13 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, 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.
John 16:15 … he (the Spirit of truth) shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
Peter and “the twelve” did not know of “the Mystery” at the time of Pentecost because Paul had not yet been converted to receive that “Gospel for the Gentiles.” Rather, Peter preached “the gospel of the kingdom” that had “been spoken by the mouth of all…. (the) prophets since the world began” (Act 3:21b). Peter spoke only of the Messianic kingdom of heaven to come to
on earth. Israel
But in his final epistle, Peter points
“in the ages to come” to; “THE WISDOM GIVEN UNTO HIM (Paul.)” Israel
2 Peter 3:12-16 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God (for
), wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot (Titus 3:5), and blameless (see also Eph 1:4). 15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our BELOVED BROTHER PAUL also according to THE WISDOM GIVEN UNTO HIM hath written unto you; 16 As also in all HIS (PAUL’S) EPISTLES, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things HARD TO BE UNDERSTOOD, which THEY THAT ARE UNLEARNED AND UNSTABLE WREST (TWIST), AS THEY DO ALSO THE OTHER SCRIPTURES, UNTO THEIR OWN DESTRUCTION. Israel
3) Paul’s “MYSTERY” GOSPEL had been “KEPT SECRET since the World Began.”
EPH 3:2-4 If ye have heard of the dispensation (oikonomia, administration) of the grace of God which is given me (Paul) 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) …
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 …
4) The Ascended Lord Revealed the Mystery to Paul. Paul calls this Secret Gospel “My Gospel.”
Acts 9:15 … he (Paul) is a chosen (ekloge, divinely selected) vessel unto me…
Gal 1:12 I (Paul) neither RECEIVED IT (the secret gospel) of man, neither was I taught it, but BY THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST
Col. 1:25 Whereof I (Paul) 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;
1 Cor. 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I (Paul) write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to MY GOSPEL.
5) Paul says, today “Any Other Gospel” Is To Be “Accursed” (Greek, anathema, banned)
Gal 1:8-9 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.
6) Paul here REVEALS the “Mystery” Gospel?
Col. 1:26-28 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 (eternal) glory: 28aWhom we preach… Thus, Paul preached Christ in the believer!
7) How can Christ actually Indwell Every Believing Child of God? It is as “The Spirit” in our spirit.
Zech. 12:1 … 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 (JESUS) is that Spirit: …
1 Cor. 15:45 … The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam (Christ) was made (became) 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.
8) Now you might ask; “WHY WAS CHRIST’S INDWELLING KEPT SECRET?”
1 Cor. 2:7-8 we speak the wisdom of God in a MYSTERY, 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…
Satan and his “princes of this world” did NOT know the mystery of the indwelling Christ in Gentiles. So in retrospect, Satan would rather have a still living Jesus on earth than a crucified risen Lord, whose eternal “Spirit of life” would dwell WITHIN every believer!
It had been long prophesied by Ezekiel in 37:14 that the Lord would place His Spirit into the believers of
. While it was prophesied that the Gentiles nations would be blessed though Abraham’s seed, it was never prophesied that the “whosoever” of John 3:16 would include the Gentiles. Israel
9) Christ Living IN the Members of the Joint body of Christ (Jew & Gentile, Gal 3:28), is the essence of the Pauline Mystery Gospel!
Gal 2:20-21 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 (that is) 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:
10) Now We Walk “In Christ,” as subject and led by His Indwelling “Spirit of Life.”
Romans 8:2 the law (inner working) of the Spirit of LIFE in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law (working of) of sin and death (in my flesh).
Gal 5:16 I say then, Walk in (in accord with) 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.
Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD:
Romans 8:14 For as many as are LED BY THE SPIRIT of God, they are the sons of God.