Our header reads: “We teach Jesus Christ according to the mystery kept secret since the world began and revealed to the Apostle Paul.” The vast majority of you will say: “huh, what mystery?”
Consider these articles a formal invitation from me to you to find out: “what mystery?”, as the vast majority of professing Christians have heard of no such thing. Follow these postings from one to the next and see for yourself where they lead. Each will have a link at the bottom to the next. Please feel free to politely comment and question. You will receive a reply. Keep a King James Bible open and test everything you read here against exactly “what” the Bible says, “where” it says it, and “to whom” it is speaking. I do not ask that you believe a single thing that I write, as I am convinced the Bible alone is Truth in this world. I believe that understanding “the mystery” is the key to understanding the Bible.
Romans 3:4(a)… “let God be true, but every man a liar;”
Did God the Father keep a secret from His creation? IF we believe the words on the pages of our King James Bible (and we do) it seems that He has indeed kept something to Himself. Examine 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,”
There it is. A mystery God kept secret from the beginning of time, until the time He chose to make that mystery known by revelation. Paul is writing this epistle to the Roman believers in and around the Acts 20 time period. Next verse, 16:26…
“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:”
Is God choosing this time period (very early in the first century AD) to make known this mystery (whatever it is) and is He revealing it directly to the Apostle Paul? Paul is calling this information “my gospel” after all and that might be taken as boastful to say the least. What else does Paul have to say about this gospel he calls his own? Explaining the “end” of the law “charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: (1 Tim 1:5)” and to whom the law was directed (the lawless, etc…), to his dear friend Timothy (1 Tim 1:11) Paul claims “ownership” once again; “According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed unto my trust.” Did not Jesus Christ Himself commit the gospel unto Peter and the twelve well before Paul was even on the scene? Speaking to the twelve about the signs and times of the end of the world He exclaims (Mat 24:14)… “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” This is the same gospel message Jesus was teaching in Matthew 4:23 as He had the twelve gathered around Him. It is therefore the very gospel message He commissioned the twelve to preach in Mark 16:15… “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Clearly, Jesus is speaking of the gospel of the kingdom.
How then does Paul dare to call this gospel his own? What an ego!?! This is mysterious… and a seeming conundrum. Of course, as “actual” Bible believers (we actually believe the words on the page and do not simply believe what we want to believe, or have been taught in denominational churches about the Bible) this would cause one to question the claim that the very Word of God, perfect and without error, inspired and preserved throughout human history, is what we claim it is (and we do make such claim) or is even available to mankind in this 21’st century sans “original manuscripts”.
In trying to determine exactly what this “Pauline” mystery is, let us in the next post examine more closely the nation Israel, why God “chose” them and what Gods plan for His chosen people was from the beginning of time… that which was “spoken” since the beginning of the world.
Acts 3:21… “Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.”
Hmmm… something hidden AND something spoken; both since the beginning of the world. To quote C.R. Stam: “Things that are different cannot be the same.”
Next Post – “Why Israel?“