Thought Provoking Topics From a Right Division Perspective. This snippet: "Mid-Acts: The Mystery Was Made Known in Acts - Proof?"
The Mystery Articles
Thought Provoking Topics From a Right Division Perspective. This snippet: "The Mystery" of Colossians 1:26-27 Revealed in Acts?
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...
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.
Your 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 BooksEphesians Colossians Philemon Philippians Titus 1 Timothy 2 Timothy
"THE MYSTERY As An Adjunct to the Dispensation of Grace
To 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...
"THE MYSTERY" Its Reality, The Practical Side (Ephesians Chapters 4 through 6)
Since 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...
"THE MYSTERY" - Its Prophetic Content (I Tim. 4:1-5; II Tim. 3:1-9) PART I. "Now the Spirit in spoken words says that in the latter times (specific) some will depart (apostasize) the faith, attending to seducing (planetary) spirits and teachings of demons, in men of hypocrisy speaking lies having been branded on their own conscience; forbidding to marry, to abstain from foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by them who believe and know the truth. Because every creature is good and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the...
"THE MYSTERY" A Corporate Body, i.e., The Body of Christ
This is a body of believers wherein Christ is the head -- the one who is all and in all. [Note in Eph. 4:6b that the Father also is in all, and in Eph. 1:13, so is the Holy Spirit!]
It is a body wherein no nation has any advantage - no religious system has any advantage and no individual, whether bond or free, has any advantage. (Col. 3:11).
This body was created, historically, post-Acts, but elected "Before the foundation (overthrow) of the world." (Eph. 1:4): a paradox - outwardly - chosen from The Revealed...
"THE MYSTERY" Private Mail for the Saint (The Initiate) - Eph. 1:4; 3:8,9; Col. 1:25,26
There are other Greek words which also mean "a secret". However, (as will be seen), "the Mystery" meaning "a secret," is not a translation but rather a transliteration of the Greek word, "musterion" which is truly unique, that is, concerning the definition. Thus at the outset, here are a few facts which should be helpful as an overview for a complete understanding about the private mail in this context.
First and foremost, "the Mystery" (a body of many truths) is addressed to His saints...