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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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July 2nd, 2017
The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 22

The lesson on July 2, 2017 was part 22 of "The U, V and W of Right Division".  Wayne reviewed last weeks lesson and emphasized the analogy used of the separation of the United States from England, using the divorce of the American's from the legal connection to Great Britain to that of the divorce of the Jews from the calling of God after Acts 28 with the revelation of The Mystery in Ephesians.  We learned why America choose July 4th as the day to celebrate Independence.  July 4, 1776 wasn't the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776). ´It wasn’t the day we started the American Revolution either (that had happened back in April 1775). And it wasn't the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776). Or the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain (that didn't happen until November 1776). Or the date it was signed (that was August 2, 1776).  It was the date that the Continental Congress approved the wording on July 4th!  We can celebrate the words that God gave us with the completed word of God.  Then we looked at the definition of Covenant Theology and laid the foundation to study the 7 covenants found in scripture. The scripture reading was from Acts 2:37-40 KJV

The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 22
June 25th, 2017
The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 21

The lesson on June 25, 2017 was part 21 of "The U, V and W of Right Division".  Wayne wraps up looking at Preterism and opens up the study of Covenant Theology.  We learn of the three primary covenants with this approach:  1. ´The Covenant of Redemption (Within the trinity a covenant was made to redeem the elect).  2. ´The Covenant of Works which has two periods: a. "Between Adam and God", then b. "From Creation to Fall". 3. ´The Covenant of Grace which specifies a. Between God and Man through Christ and b. From Fall till now and into the future.  The scripture reading was from Romans 9:1-5 KJV

The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 21
June 18th, 2017
The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 20

The lesson on June 18, 2017 was part 20 of "The U, V and W of Right Division". A review of last weeks lesson was provided, as we looked at the fullness referenced in 1 Corinthians 13:10.  This lesson completes the look at this passage and makes it clear that the perfection of this passage is the fullfilment of prophecy for the nation of Israel with the restoration and the New Covenant.  The scripture reading was from Acts 16:1-4 KJV.

The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 20
June 11th, 2017
The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 19

The lesson on June 11, 2017 was part 19 of "The U, V and W of Right Division".  Wayne took time to recap what he presented at the Truth for Today conference (you may listen to Wayne's presentation here) and the connections he made with other Acts 28 believers, then transitioned into the lesson of looking at the perfection that is talked about in 1 Corinthians 13.  There are many beliefs as to what the Apostle Paul was talking about.  Some say it is the completion of the New Testament.  Others say it is the completion of scripture.  Futher, some even believe it refers to The Mystery.  None of these things apply to the perfection that Paul was writing about particulary since the Mystery was given to PAul after Acts 28 divorcement of Israel and the very nature of that body of truth being hidden in God until He released it.  The perfection we learn is the completed promises that were made to Israel.  The scripture reading was from Jeremiah 31:31-34 KJV

The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 19
May 28th, 2017
The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 18

The lesson on May 28, 2017 was part 18 of "The U, V and W of Right Division".  Wayne reviewed what was covered from the last lesson where we learned about a change and what is involved.  The analogy was used of the American Independence from the King of England.  A disruption occurs and then pursuit of the new order.  This pursuit of perfection involves a readjustment and then your faithful following of the new economy which surely follows education.  Today's lesson looked at Ephesians 4:12 KJV "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ".  The Greed word "καταρτισμός," in this passage is a noun that is used for perfection is the only time that it is used in the bible!  We can learn more about that this means from the verb Greek word "Katarti" and Wayne takes us to several places where this word occurs and we see in the context of how this is used to mend what was broken.  The scripture reading was from 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 KJV

The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 18

Blogs

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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