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The Twofold Purpose of The Mystery - Part 9

The Twofold Purpose of The Mystery - Part 9. What was the twofold purpose that God revealed the Mystery? The first reason was to reveal it to mankind as it says in Ephesians 3:9 (KJV) “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:”. The second purpose was to show God’s wisdom to the Principalities and Powers as it continues to say in verse 10 “To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,”. Who are these principalities and powers? In Genesis 1:1-2 we’re reminded that God created all things as it states “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Now this wasn’t the beginning for God because He has no beginning since He is eternal. There is a gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 that includes a long period of time that was before Adamic man. God mentioned this in His conversation with Job (Job 38:3-7). We found that Christ is the cornerstone of all creation (Colossians 1:16-17). We learned previously that there was a Cherub named Lucifer who sinned and became Satan (we also learned that 1/3 of the angelic beings sided with Satan in Revelation 12:4) and this is when the conflict began because Lucifer wanted to be God. The scripture tells us in Matthew 25:41 that the Lake of Fire was created for the Devil and his angels so Satan argued with God that this was not fair. He probably asked how can a loving God condemn these angels without cause and that God was being inconsistent? God gave the angels a chance to stay with God and His grace. There was a great overthrow on the Earth due to Lucifer’s rebellion and subsequent downfall of the 1/3 of the angels that followed Lucifer. God then sentenced them to the Lake of Fire, even though the sentence was given, it has not been fulfilled yet. God then re-created the earth and put Adamic man on it. Maybe God created man as an answer to the problem and then demonstrated His answer until the time of the conclusion when He executes judgement. God demonstrates His wisdom through the way He loves mankind through Christ. There is so much of a parallel here between the creation of the angels and the creation of mankind. There is a lot of differences between them and us, one of which was we lost our wings being made a little lower than the angels but we do have the right to make choices. We have a free will and conscience just like the angels do. Romans 13:1-4 tells us of obedience to delegated authority is what God has decreed. The lesson on November 5, 2006 continues with the 9th lesson in this series