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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 18th, 2018
Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 11

The lesson on February 18, 2018 was part 11 of "Mid-Acts or Acts 28?" study.  Wayne continued the thought of comparing the body of Christ metaphor to the church which is his body digging deeper in scripture to find evidence that the gifts that were given during Acts were fading away and those gifts given with the revelation of the Mystery were individuals who were mending the previous body of Christ into the new calling and the gospel of the unsearchable riches of Christ.  We also looked at the laying on of hands were part of the old economy which we read in Numbers and Ezekiel.  The gifts that were part of the Acts period slowly faded away and all that we have left now is the gospel of the unsearchable riches of Christ which is key to the blessed hope we have in the Mystery.  The scripture reading was from 2 Timothy 1:1-6 KJV

Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 11
February 11th, 2018
Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 10

The lesson on February 11, 2018 was part 10 of the "Mid-Acts or Acts 28?" study.  This lesson looks again at the metaphor of the body of Christ, comparing how in Acts, how members could be parts of the head like eyes or ears but after Acts 28, Christ is the head and we are holding the head as members of the body.  Further, Wayne looked again at the gifts given after Acts 28 and studied the reason why these gifts of Apostles, Prophets, Pastors and Teachers were needed because they existed in Acts.  It was offered that the reason they were needed was answered in Ephesians 4:12-13 KJV "12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:".  The body that existed in Acts crossed the border of Acts 28 and was fading.  These gifts were given to readjust those Christians to the new hope of unsearchable riches in Christ.  Eventually, all the gifts of the Acts period faded away and all that was left was the one body where Christ is head.  The scripture reading was from Numbers 11:24-30 KJV

Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 10
January 28th, 2018
Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 8

The lesson on January 28, 2018 was part 8 of the "Mid-Acts or Acts 28?" study.  This week the lesson looked at the gifts given during the Acts period compared to the gifts given after Acts 28.  We learned how the gifts during Acts were given to everyone and that they collectively made parts of the body that was part of the church.  These gifts were designed to provoke Israelt to jealousy and Christians had to be careful how they behaved during this period because if they offended God, they would be killed as referenced in Acts 5.  The gifts given after Acts were people He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: (Ephesians 4:11-13 KJV).  This is quite a contrast and should make it clear that these individuals were called upon to readjust the believer to the new man freshly created where the Jew and Gentile were of the same body and had a new heavenly hope that was hidden in God before the foundation of the world.  The scripture reading was in 1 Corinthians 12:1-7 KJV

Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 08
January 21st, 2018
Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 7

The lesson on January 21, 2018 was part 7 of "Mid-Acts or Acts 28?" study.  This lesson provided a review of what we previously learned regarding the term "same body" and that it is not referring to the body found in Acts mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12 or Romans 12 but that of a newly created body where Jews and Gentiles are the same.   In this lesson we learn more of the manifestation of the mystery of Ephesians 3, which was not witnessed from the prophets and old testament scripture but hidden in God.  The body you find in Acts is one that was manifested by the prophets and old testament scripture.  If you try to start the church in Acts, you have so many problems to deal with because the hope and promises are of ones made to Israel which includes the promised land.  Our promises and calling are unsearchable and in the heavens far above all principalities and powers.  The scripture reading was from 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8 KJV

Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 07
January 14th, 2018
Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 6

The lesson on January 14, 2018 was part 6 of the "Mid-Acts or Acts 28" study.  In this lesson, Wayne proceeds to explain how we will have errors multiplied when we try to place the church of the one body where Christ is head in Acts due to the fact that several mysteries were revealed in Acts but not the one that is in Ephesians because that was hid in God before the foundation of the world.  If we try to put the church beginnng in Acts, you have the gifts of the spirit present with believers.  You have promises that pertain to the land.  You have Gentiles be a part of Abraham.  After Acts, you have a new body.  A new man that has a new hope and inheritance.  The scripture reading was from Galatians 3:23-29 KJV

Mid-Acts or Acts 28 - Part 06

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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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