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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:"

Articles

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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February 19th, 2017
The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 7

The lesson on February 19, 2017 was part 7 of "The U, V and W of Right Division".  This weeks focus was on the Mystery of Iniquity found in 2 Thessalonians 2:7 KJV.  Wayne gives us the context of Thessalonians in how that is firmly planted in the Acts period where the prospect of the second coming of Christ was at hand if Israel had repented.  This is what the Preterists are claiming that in AD 70, all prophecy was fulfilled.  The scriptures describing the change that will happen to all the Christians, even those who have died will be in an instant.  What happened with that sense of urgency and fulfillment in their lifetime?  Acts 28:28 happened when Paul pronounced judgement upon Israel and that the salvation of God would be authorized with the Gentiles.  PAul then writes Ephesians revealing The Mystery which is the true answer to the Preterist and answers why that did not happen in their lifetimes.  Wayne thoroughly covers a biblical interpretation of the Mystery of Iniquity in this lesson.  The scripture reading was in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-7 KJV

The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 07
February 12th, 2017
The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 6

The lesson on February 12, 2017 was part 6 of "The U, V and W of Right Division". This week Wayne reviewed the mysteries we covered so far, including the most difficult one to understand from Romans 16:25.  The mystery mentioned here is not the same that is revealed to the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 3:9 because we learned that mystery was hidden in age times connecting to Romans chapter 1. We learned that God opens things up to those that are initiated.  There is a dynamic of your personal study in scripture combined with God's work of opening up truths to you. Several other mysteries were reviewed which led up to the one studied in this lesson which was in 1 Corinthians 4:1 which says "stewards of the mysteries of God".  Well if we are to be stewards found faithful, we must understand what specific mysteries that are given to us! The Mystery found in Ephesians 3:9 and Colossians 1:25 is ours as well as the other mysteries that still apply.  We need to learn all of them to be found faithful.  The scripture reading was from Isaiah 25:6-8 KJV

The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 06
February 5th, 2017
The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 5

The lesson on February 5, 2017 was part 5 of "The U, V and W of Right Division".  This weeks lesson finished studying the mystery found in Romans 16:25 and we learned how it is not The Mystery of Ephesians 3:9 and Colossians 1:25.  In Romans 16, we find connections to a mystery identified by reading Habakkuk 2 and Romans 3.  Then Wayne continues to look at the mysteries in scripture by studying the one found in 1 Corinthians 2:7.  The scripture reading was from 1 Corinthians 2:1-10 KJV

The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 05
January 29th, 2017
The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 4

The lesson on January 29, 2017 was part 4 of "The U, V and W of Right Division".  This week Wayne moved into looking at the mysteries found in scripture.  In studying the Greek word "mystērion" there 27 passages in the scriptures that use this word.  Wayne intends to look at all twenty seven passages but only covers two in this lesson.  Before we looked at these mysteries, he took time to study the eytmology of the word and how it includes the idea of initiation and having closed eyes which is from the Greek word "Muw".  There are some words today that still come from it like "murmur, muttle and mumble".  Then we learned of its use before Christianity by looking briefly at The Eleusian Mysteries. The first mystery studied was in Matthew 13.  That one was easy to understand.  The second was from Romans 16:25-27 which was a difficult one to get the accurate meaning (proving that it not the same found in Ephesians 3 and Colossians 1).  The scripture reading was from Romans 16:25-27 KJV

The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 04
August 21st, 2016
The Apocalypse - Part 30

The lesson on August 21, 2016 was part 30 of "The Apocalypse" study.  When studying Revelation, having had 29 lessons on the subject so far, it is important to remind the students watching that we are part of a new calling which PAul calls The Mystery.  This new calling was hidden before the foundation of the world and was not a part of any other Old Testament or New Testament scripture until PAul reveals them in his last seven books (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Titus, Philemon and 1 & 2 Timothy).  In Revelation, there are all kinds of trails leading back to the Old Testmant, including Matthew because it is part of the revealed plan of God pertaining to Israel's calling and blessings.  Wayne took most of this lesson to make that point before proceeding with Revelation.  The scripture reading was from Joel 3:9-17 KJV

The Apocalypse - Part 30

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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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