Studies

Sacred Secret

Clifford McLainThis study was taught by Clifford McLain in a series from 1982-1983 recorded on cassette tapes converted to digital audio for your benefit.  The Sacred Secret study includes 40 lessons and teaches about the body of truth that was given to the apostle Paul to be revealed in Ephesians to the Gentiles.  Ephesians opens with "1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 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: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved."  This sacred secret is called the "mystery" in Ephesians 3:9, Colossians 1:25,26 and is specifically addressed to Gentiles for faith obedience.  Listen to this study to learn about this sacred secret that has been hidden in God before the foundation of the world and how it was revealed by the Apostle Paul directly to you.

Lessons

This lesson was taught on November 7, 1982 and started with the scripture reading from Ephesians 1:1-6 KJV "1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 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: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved."  This lesson starts the study called "Sacred Secret" with part 1 being taught by Clifford McLain.  Pastor McLain explains that the Greek word "musterion" means secret instead of the word mystery which was used for the translation.  The statement is made that to understand what the mystery is, you must first understand what it is not!   Mac explores this statement for our benefit.

This lesson was taught on November 14, 1983 by Clifford McLain and is part 2 of the study entitled "Sacred Secret".  This lesson opens with the statement that Romans presents to us grace for the sinner, the sacred secret reveals to us glory for the saint.  God is the Head (the source)... and we see that in verses 1-6 being the will of God, in verses 7-12, we see the work of the Son, and in verses 13-14, the witness of the Holy Spirit. The scripture reading in Ephesians 1:3-10 KJV "3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 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: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:"  

The lesson on November 21, 1982 was part 3 of the study "Sacred Secret" which opened with the scripture reading from Ephesians 1:3-19 KJV "3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 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: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein h

The lesson on November 28, 1982 continued the study called "Sacred Secret" with part 4.  The scripture reading was from Ephesians 1:15-2:7 KJV "1:15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glo

The lesson on December 5, 1982 was part 5 of the study "Sacred Secret" and opened with the scripture reading in Ephesians 2:1-10 KJV "1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

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