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The Mystery

The Mystery
 

Ephesians 3:9 KJV
"And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery..."

The Mystery is our calling for today.  It is last body of truth that was revealed by the Apostle Paul after Acts 28:28.  God had hidden this message as a sacred secret in himself only to reveal it when Israel finally rejected him and he put them on hold.  The Mystery is contained in Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Titus, Philemon and 1 & 2 Timothy. Ephesians 3:1-9 KJV "1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to youward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. 8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9 And to make all men 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:"

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April 22nd, 2014

What does it mean to be an Acts 28 site?

Simply stated, we believe the passage in Acts 28:28-31 is when the Apostle Paul declares to the Jewish leadership that the final opportunity for their acceptance of Jesus as Christ is over. From that point on the message for the plan of salvation is now authorized to be sent from the Gentiles, apart from Israel. Prior to this point in scripture, salvation was always either through or with the Jew. At this point the nation of Israel has been put on hold but will be still receive the promises and blessings made to them through Abraham in the future (when Elijah restores the revealed plan of God).

December 24th, 2009

Companion Bible - Appendix 193 - "MYSTERY" (from Appendix 193 of The Companion Bible compiled by E. W. Bullinger)

The English word "mystery" is a transliteration of the Greek word, musterion, (it is from mueo - to initiate or admit to secrets; and mustes was used of the person so initiated), which means sacred secret. It occurs in the Septuagint Version (280 B.C.) nine times as the equivalent for the Chaldee, raz in the Chaldee portion of "Daniel," which means to conceal ; hence something concealed that can be revealed, viz, in Daniel 2:18, 19, 27, 28, 29, 30, 47 and 4:9.

January 15th, 2002

Your CallingYour calling involves the ministry given to the Apostle Paul after the close of Acts.  The first book Paul wrote after Acts was Ephesians.  In that book, he addresses the Gentiles directly for the first time.  This calling is classified in the Post Acts books.

Post Acts Period Books

  • Ephesians
  • Colossians
  • Philemon
  • Philippians
  • Titus
  • 1 Timothy
  • 2 Timothy
December 20th, 1987

"THE MYSTERY As An Adjunct to the Dispensation of Grace

Mystery, An Adjunct to Dispensation of GraceTo me, "Grace is the energizing force of God's love toward all who will receive it." Others have said it is "God's love in action." Webster's Dictionary defines grace, in its theological setting, as "the unmerited love and favor of God toward man," etc. Just pick the one you like best!

The fact is that every dispensation of God is an adjunct to Grace; for without Grace, whether it be The Revealed Plan or The Hidden Purpose, (see our papers, "My Gospel" and "The Mystery - As is Now Revealed") they would not - - nor could they - - function. Take, for example, the case of Cain and Abel. Abel was accepted (Gen. 4:4, Heb. 11:4), and Cain was rejected (Gen. 4:3, 5-25). It follows, Cain and Abel would typify The Revealed Plan; whereas Eph. 2:8a ("for by grace you are") would typify The Hidden Purpose. As you can see, Grace is not a new means of God's activity, but is as old as time.{C}

November 30th, 1987

"THE MYSTERY" Its Reality, The Practical Side (Ephesians Chapters 4 through 6)

The Mystery, Its Reality, The Practical SideSince The Mvstery is a body of many truths addressed to God's people (Col. 1:26), the practical side would of necessity have to do with the walk. "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him." (Col. 2:6) The instructions in this context are no less forthright: "Work out your own salvation (deliverance) for it is God who is energizing you to His purposes." (Phil. 2:12, 13 and 16).  The walk that is worthy begins in meekness and endeavors to keep (not create) the unity of the Spirit (Eph. 4:1-3). Thus, Faith-Obedience in the walk turns on seven distinct fundamental points of stewardship (Eph. 4:4-6). These seven points will be discussed at the end of this article.{C}{C}{C}{C}

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August 19th, 2019
Practical Lessons and Right Division - Part 6

The lesson on August 19, 2018 was part 6 of "Practical Lessons and Right Division" study.  This study has been looking at different aspects of our practical walk in this age with our specific calling.  It is important that we learn of the distinctives or our calling how we may then walk worthy.  Wayne continues the focus on Ephesians 3:3-21 and the very unique truth that PAul is sharing with us and how God is wanting to reconcile "The All Things" which includes Adamic man on the Earth but also Principalities and Powers in Heavenly Places.  We learn how important the role of Headship plays i

Practical Lessons and Right Division - Part 06
September 16th, 2018
Practical Lessons and Right Division - Part 10

The lesson on September 16, 2018 was part 10 of the Practical Lessons and Right Division study.  This weeks focus was on the house that we find in Ephesians by reviewing a concordance of where house is mentioned.  We learn how this house has a family with a heirarchy reflected in the God head with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God provides the will or plan, the Holy Spirit is the teacher and the Son carrys out the plan.  In Ephesians is shows the emphasis on the headship of Christ being the head of the newly created body that we are a part of.  Wayne takes us through serveral passag

Practical Lessons and Right Division - Part 10
September 9th, 2018
Practical Lessons and Right Division - Part 9

The lesson on September 9, 2018 was part 9 of the "Practical Lessons and Right Division" study.  Wayne opened up with a chapter by chapter review of Ephesians.  From chapter 1, the major points were the Inheritance and predestination of God, the Greatness of his power to us who believe.  Being Far above all principality and power and The FATHER gave Him to be head over all things to church (the body, fullness).  Chapter 2 included the Reconciliation to God – we both have access unto the FATHER.  There is One Body created (one new man) and that it is a Building fitly framed – growth unto Holy Temple, which is the Habitation of God.  Chapter 3 we saw the Revelation of mystery and that Now unto principalities and powers we learn of the Purpose of the ages.  PAul says we should Bow my knee unto the FATHER … every family (patria) heaven and earth That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith.  Chapter 4 involved the Edifying of the body of Christ where we Grow up unto him and our Whole body fitly joined together.  Chapter 5 we are encouraged to be Followers of God.  This Sacrifice to God – is a sweet smelling (Sacrifice to the FATHER).  We learn of Submission, headship of the husband wife.  In Chapter 6, we learn further of how Children, Servants, Masters fall under the headship and that we should put on Armour of God – because we wrestle against principalities powers in heavenly places.  Finally we learn of how PAul used Tychicus to spread the word.  The scripture reading was in Ephesians 6:1-4 KJV

Practical Lessons and Right Division - Part 09
September 2nd, 2018
Practical Lessons and Right Division - Part 8

The lesson on September 2, 2018 was part 8 of the "Practical Lessons and Right Division" study.  The scripture reading was from Ephesians 4:13-16 KJV.  Wayne reviewed the interpretational note again that allowed us to review the Acts 29 position of the particular calling PAul was teaching and eventually transitioned into the Mystery.  This new calling caused PAul to "mend the nets" where he lead the ministry to the Body of Christ to bring them into the new knowledge of The Mystery.  In Ephesians 4, PAul is actively working to establish this calling for the perfecting of the saints, which was the "mending of the nets".  The goal was to bring the Body of Christ into the knowledge of the Mystery and calling which no longer had signs and wonders but rather a new hope with the fullness of Christ.   This weeks lesson continued with the importance of the Headship of Christ and the hierarchy and order that this headship establishes when followed.  This is a very unpopular doctrine in today's climate and when today's churches adopt this position and incorporate this view in their churches are very damaging to the Headship of Christ.  This fallout will impact those Principalities and Powers that are observing us and will eventually lead to the end of the age and the start of the judgement of Revelation.

Practical Lessons and Right Division - Part 08
August 26th, 2018
Practical Lessons and Right Division - Part 7
The lesson on August 26, 2018 was part 7 of the "Practical Lessons and Right Division" study.  This week Wayne took us to Ephesians 4:7-13 and explained that "every one of us was given grace" included Paul and that this Grace was needed to re-adjust the members of the body of Christ who were previously given a hope associated with Israel's spiritual things. In addition the ascended Lord gave specialist gifts which included apostles, prophets, pastors and teachers for the perfecting of the saints till a defacto condition of unity would be achieved (the perfect man). Right in the middle of this discourse PAul quotes from Ps 68:18 which talks of how God ascended on high to Jerusalem and gave gifts to men. This was in the context of the great redemption story of Israel out of the Iron furnace of Egypt. The parallel is clear that as God ascended to Jerusalem so also he ascended in the person of Christ to the heaven of heavens - God's dwelling place. These ideas have their parallels throughout the Psalm and Eph. 4:7-13. Our focus is the heavenly places - that is our future home that is where some of God's students (Elect Principalities and Powers)  are listening and also where the rebellious Principalities and Powers also seek to make war against us.  The unity which God has made he wishes us to keep in many practical ways and chiefly through the doctrine of headship - this is one way that we hold the "head". The scripture reading was from Numbers 10:33-36 KJV
Practical Lessons and Right Division - Part 07

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September 15th, 2010

Everyone I read or hear challenges everybody else to “rightly divide the word” (2 Timothy 2:15.) This is good advice, but it is obvious that many of those who challenge others to “rightly divide” are not doing so themselves. How can I be sure of this? They all disagree. As someone once said, “We can’t all be right, but we can all be wrong.” It is interesting to note that some pertinent verses in scripture are very salient and some seem to be constantly ignored. Probably no other verse has helped me get things in perspective as Acts 28:28.

May 29th, 2014

Eph 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

Eph 3:8 (TR) εμοι τω ελαχιστοτερω παντων των αγιων εδοθη η χαρις αυτη εν τοις εθνεσιν ευαγγελισασθαι τον ανεξιχνιαστον πλουτον του χριστου

The greek word translated "unsearchable" is the adjective ἀνεξιχνίαστος which is found here and in Rom. 11:33 where it is translated "past finding out".

January 15th, 2017

Introduction

We have recently begun a new series called the U,V and W's of right division. This title has been carefully chosen because I do not wish to give the incorrect notion that the series will be the "final word" on R/D but that it will extend the already published  "ABC's of R/D" https://rightdivision.com/study/abcs-right-division

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The Apostle Paul has been given the responsibilty of revealing a secret that was hidden in God before the foundation of the world to the gentiles.  He was given this secret after the close of Acts after Paul declared that the nation of Israel had been put on hold (Acts 28:28).  This "Mystery" was the final body of truth that was revealed that completed the word of God.  This body of truth is sent specifically to you and is your calling for today.  This site is dedicated to help you underst

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!

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 1 Timothy 2:5 KJV

"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!

Post Acts Period Books

  • Ephesians
  • Colossians
  • Philemon
  • Philippians
  • Titus
  • 1 Timothy
  • 2 Timothy

Dispensational characteristics of the Post Acts Period

Publications

This leaflet is a great handout to give anyone inquiring about what you believe... Since “The Mystery” is the body of truth given for today’s Christian - we’re reminded “to be ready always to given an answer to anyone that asks you for a reason of the hope that is in you”. What better way than give someone a tract? Use it as a means to open discussion around the Word.

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