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Study Papers on "The Mystery"

Purpose of the Study Papers on “The Mystery” by C.E. McLain, 1987 - "And to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 3:9) KJV. {Literal: "and to bring to light what (is) the stewardship of the mystery - having been hidden from the ages in God the (one) all things having created," The Interlinear Greek-English New Testament, Marshall's literal English translation with the Nestle Greek Text.} "That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ" (Philippians 1:10). {Literal: "for that ye may prove the things differing, in order that ye may be sincere and unoffending in (the) day of Christ" - from above interlinear reference.}

"For this cause we also...desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;" (Colossians 1: 9-11).

"That we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:" (Colossians 1:28b).

Clifford McLain

Bear in mind that these are germ truths....Mac. [Dr. C. E. McLain]

 

Lessons

Chronology (Canon-wise)Chronology (Canon-wise)

True Key - Col. 1:25, 26 False - Col. 2:8

The completed canon of scripture prior to the destruction of Jerusalem - 69-70 A.D. - assures us that the traditional claims, "dating the writings of the Apostle John between 85-100 A.D," are false. (See "The Mystery" - God's Sacred Secret to Complete the Word of God.){C}

"MY GOSPEL" - Gospel of UNCIRCUMCISION (Gal. 2:7)

Rom. 16:25-26 Gal. 1:11-12; 2:2 II Cor. 5:19-21 [to those Gentiles with Israel]

Rom. 16:25-26 (a free translation, and very literal): (Vs. 25) "Now to the one being able to establish you according to "My Gospel," and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to a revelation of a mystery (secret) which was hushed up since age-times, (Vs. 26) "But now manifested through prophetic writings according to a command of the Eternal God, made known unto all the nations for Faith-Obedience."{C}

"The Faith" - God's Gift "

So then, The Faith (cometh) out-of hearing, and the hearing through or by The Word of Christ (God)" Rom. 10:17.

The Faith is that body of truth, God-given (revealed), unto the recipient for Faith-Obedience. At the same time, the believers' response in faith-obedience demonstrates their personal faith.

FOR EXAMPLE: "By faith, Noah being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house..." Heb. 11:7.

In other words, the faith given (revealed) of God unto Noah was saving faith unto him and his household. As you can see, Noah's faith-obedience in building the ark demonstrated his personal faith unto salvation.

Needless to say, building an ark in the context of our time saves no one. Even so, the circumstances of Noah's time, when put into today's context, demonstrate our personal faith for learning.{C}

"THE MYSTERY (SECRET) OF CHRIST" as is NOW REVEALED - EPH. 3:4, 5 Whether one considers "Christ" in the revealed plan of God or in His hidden purpose, He -- and He alone - - arrests the attention like no other person or subject to be found in all of the scripture. Even in the secular world, among friends or foes, in the highest circles and in the lowest levels of humanity, He is. In the affirmative, in the negative, and the neutral or whatever - - He just is!

Inasmuch as we shall be observing the changing ages and dispensations in this study, we desire to share with you the two major divisions derived from God's spoken word, i.e., the revealed plan and the hidden purpose.

"Through faith we understand that the ages were framed - (marked off, prepared) by a fiat of God, so that the things (ages and dispensations) as they appear were not evolved one from the other." (Heb. 11:3 - FREE TRANSLATION).{C}

SOME DISTINCTIVE TRUTHS OF THE MYSTERY

  1. To complete the Word of God (Col. 1:25, 26).
  2. It exalts the saints, and seats them with Christ in the heavenlies. (Eph. 1:20- 21; 2:6). Hence, "for our conversation is in heaven; (out) from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ; ...whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself" (Phil. 3:20- 21).
  3. To share super-abundant riches of His grace, with kindness in the ages to come (Eph. 2:7).
  4. Made complete in Christ, holy and without blame (Eph. 1:4, Col.2:10).
  5. To know the love of God which passes all knowledge and understanding (Eph. 3:19; Phil. 4:7).
  6. Brought into a corporate body under the Headship of Christ, where no person or nation has any advantage, for Christ is all and in all (Eph. 1:22, 23; Eph. 4:15, Col. 3:11).
  7. A showcase to the hierarchy in the heavenlies (Eph. 3:10).
  8. A partaker of all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden in Christ (Col. 2:3).

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