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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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April 23rd, 2017
The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 13

The lesson on April 23, 2017 was part 13 of the "U, V and W of Right Division".  Wayne took some time to share with us a 2nd Amendment perspective on suppressing terrorism in churches.  This stems from what he learned about from the testimony of Charl van Wyk who was just an ordinary Christian man until July 25, 1993 - the day that would become known for the St. James Massacre. It was on this date that Van Wyk shot back at the terrorists who were attacking an innocent congregation gathered in worship, and saved many lives in the process.  The continuation of the series in Part 13 looks at the word Mystery that appears in Ephesians six times.  There is a pattern that occurs and Wayne takes us through these six passages and teaches what significance these mean to us today.  It is a very important book the PAul the Prisoner reveals The Mystery in Ephesians 3:9 and it is the first book written after the Acts 28:28 judgement on the nation of Israel.  The scripture reading was from Ephesians 3:1-10 KJV

The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 13
April 9th, 2017
The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 12

The lesson on April 9, 2017 was part 12 of "The U, V and W of Right Division".  This week Wayne takes us to Jeremiah to learn how the nation of Israel had been put in a state of "Lo Ammi" before to learn of how the should behave during the timeframes when they are "not my people" like they are now since the judgement was given in Acts 28:28.  We are learning how the Mystery of God is realized in The Mystery of Christ and further how God uses Mysteries in scripture to provide substance when prophecy is delayed.  Wayne specifically shows how The Mystery fills the void that was made after Israel did not repent during the Acts period and received judgement from the Apostle Paul (like the prophet Jeremiah) at the end of Acts.  The God choose to reveal the PAul the prisoner The Mystery in Ephesians and Colossians which is the answer to the pending prophecy that was at hand during the book of Acts.  This Mystery was hidden in God before the foundation of the world not in the Old Testament scriptures where other mysteries were hidden.  The scripture reading was from Jeremiah 26:16-19 KJV

The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 12
April 2nd, 2017
The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 11

The lesson on April 2, 2017 was part 11 of "The U, V and W of Right Division".  We have learned how they mysteries of scripture should be used to properly answer the Preterist position that all prophecy was fulfilled in AD 70.  This weeks lesson continues to look at the Mystery of God and how that is fulfilled in Christ.  We discuss how God knows the future and that God could control every aspect of the future by programming man but he didn't in that Man was made as a free agent.  We review how God controls the times and the seasons. and he does this while maintaining man’s right to choose!  God allows man to rebel against his will and through His secret purposes brings to pass other aspects of His will.  We learn how prophecy is fulfilled or delayed and when it is delayed, a “mystery” is invoked. At the end of the lesson, Wayne begins to look at the role of Elijah and how he is an important piece if Israel would have repented and accepted Jesus as Messiah. The scripture reading was from Malachi 4:1-6 KJV

The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 11
March 26th, 2017
The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 10

The lesson on March 26, 2017 was part 10 of "The U, V and W of Right Division".  In part 10, Wayne is continuing the studies of the Mysteries found in scripture.  This week he studies the Mystery of God an how it relates to Christ being manifested all through the Old Testament.  The Mystery of Christ is also studied in relation to the Mystery of God.  We then look at Israel and how Moses brought them out of Egypt to the Mount Sinai where he communicated with God.  We compared the movement of Moses up and down the holy mountain and the behavior of Israel in relation to the promised land, particularly with it being 11 days journey from where they were camped.  The nation of Israel did not posses the land that was promised and through rebellion spent 40 years in the wilderness until that entered the land.  Wayne explained that the book of Acts was the same thing in that if they had accepted Christ as Saviour and Lord, the promises of would have taken place and Revelation would have unfolded.  This is exactly what the Preterist are claiming took place in AD 70.  What they don't recognize it all that promises and prophecy that was ready to happen was put on hold because God revealed The Mystery that was in the post-Acts books of the Apostel PAul in starting with Ephesians.  This body of truth was hidden in God before the foundation of the world and has with it a new hope and calling, seperate than that of Israel.  The scripture reading was from Psalms 110:1-7 KJV

The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 10
March 5th, 2017
The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 9

The lesson on March 5, 2017 was part 9 of "The U, V and W of Right Division".  This lesson continued to look a the mysteries in the bible and provided a recap of the mystery of iniquity but eventually got to the mysteries found in Revelation (this has been a mini-series looking where ever the word mystery appears in scripture).  Wayne points out on the white board where the word appears in the the books are in relation to the Acts 28 boundary in that they are revealed in the context of Israels calling.  Revelation mysteries are in context of the book of Acts because God gave them a legitimate opportunity to repent during Acts and if so, Revelation would have unfolded.  Israel did not repent so the Lord revealed through the Apostle PAul, the Mystery in the post-Acts books.  Wayne says the Mysteries that are found in the post-Acts books will be studied last.  The scripture reading was in 2 Thessalonians 3:6-12 KJV

The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 09

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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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