God’s Secrets – Mystery

Bible Mystery’s – God’s Secrets

Apostle Paul

 

Cal Poulsen

Scripture Insights

O4-04-2014

When we talk about secrets or mysteries in the Bible, we are talking about those things that a sovereign God has chosen not to reveal to everyone at the same time. The apostle Paul was given these nine secrets or mysteries. These secrets are found only in the books or epistles of the apostle Paul.  

During the ministry of Jesus these secrets were not revealed to the 12 apostles nor to the Jewish people that he ministered to. As an example the apostles new nothing of the rapture. They knew of only the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. They fully expected to go through the tribulation and at its end that Christ would reveal himself.

Nowhere in all of scripture do we find the words secret or mystery used in reference to almighty God and that these secret things belong to him. Only in (Deuteronomy 29:29) did our sovereign God share this reality with us. “For those things that are revealed belong unto us.”

Deuteronomy 29:29 

The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever,

1 Corinthians 2:7, 8

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

Additional scriptures on the revealing of the mysteries by the apostle Paul.

            Ephesians 3:3, 4

            Romans 16:25

            Colossians 4:3

            Ephesians 5:32

 Mystery of Gods will concerning mankind.

Ephesians 1:9-11

Thoughts of kindness led Paul to praise God for the entire plan of salvation. God had purposed to offer salvation to humanity “before he made the world” (Ephesians 1:4). How this would happen had not been revealed (made clear, understood) until the Apostle Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus and the subsequent revelations by the risen Christ.

What God “revealed” was his plan to bring people (both Jews and Gentiles) back into fellowship with himself through their faith in Christ and then to keep them with him for all eternity. Paul called this the secret plan which was centered on Christ.

Mystery of Christ.  He is salvation.

 Ephesians 3:4-6

Why did Paul have such insight into this secret plan about Christ, and how could he explain it so clearly? Because it had been revealed to him by God himself.  God’s plan was hidden from previous generations, not because God wanted to keep something from his people, but because he would reveal it to everyone in his perfect timing. God planned to have Jews and Gentiles comprise one body, the church.

Mystery of the Body of Christ.  Christ in you.

Colossians 1:25-27

God’s hidden message is not a puzzle to solve; instead, it is like a treasure chest filled with the riches and glory of Christ, and the message is that the riches are available to the Gentiles. These words would have been joyful to Paul’s Gentile audience, that God was pleased to offer salvation to them. They did not need to acquire some secret knowledge in order to find God; God had reached down to them because he wanted to save them.

God made the secret available to Jews and Gentiles alike, and the secret is Christ lives in you. Jews and Gentiles will have that oneness in Christ’s body because God had planned from the beginning of time to have Christ live in the heart of each person who believes in him. The indwelling Christ gives believers assurance that they will share in his glory in his eternal Kingdom. Believers are in Christ; Christ is in them; therefore, believers can look forward to sharing Christ’s glory.

Mystery of God.

Colossians 2:2

Paul wanted those he had not been able to visit to know that he was interested in them and was praying diligently for them. He simply prayed that the Colossians would be encouraged and that they would be knit together by strong ties of love. These two characteristics would help them resist false teaching.

Paul also wanted these churches to have full confidence because they have complete understanding of God’s secret plan, which is Christ himself. Christ is the secret, yet he is a secret revealed to those who believe. This complete understanding obtained through a personal relationship with Christ himself assures believers of the truth and helps them recognize and avoid heresy. Everything anyone wants to know about God and his purposes in the world is answered in the person of Christ. The secret is revealed because it is Christ in whom lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Mystery of Israel being blinded.

Romans 11:25

The temporary stumbling of Israel is part of what Paul calls a mystery.  The word here means a truth that has been unrevealed up to this point but is now being made known. The mystery reveals, for example, that Israel’s stumbling has always been part of God’s plan. God put Israel aside for a time in order to offer salvation to the Gentiles.

Mystery of the Rapture of the Body.

1 Corinthians 15:51

1 Thessalonians 4:13

With great emphasis Paul passed on to these Corinthians a secret—knowledge given to him by divine revelation from Christ. The phrase not all of us will die means that some Christians will still be alive at the time of Christ’s return for the Body of Christ. They will not have to die before they get their new resurrection bodies.

Mystery of Iniquity.

2 Thessalonians 2:7

Definition of iniquity (n)

in·iq·ui·ty

[ i níkwətee ]

1. Injustice or immorality: great injustice or extreme immorality.

2. Immoral act: a grossly immoral act

Synonyms: immorality · heinousness · evil · injustice · crime · wickedness · sin · vice

Grossly wicked or reprehensible; abominable: a heinous crime.

“Lawlessness” is the hidden, subtle, underlying force from which all sin springs. Second, even though this power is working, so is the one who is holding him back. Civilization still has a modicum of decency through law enforcement, education, science, and reason. Although we are horrified by criminal acts, the world has yet to see the real horror of complete lawlessness. This will happen when the one who is holding it back steps out of the way.

Mystery of Godliness.

1 Timothy 3:16

Paul affirmed the humanity and divinity of Christ.  By so doing, Paul revealed the heart of the gospel, the great mystery of our faith.  The mystery is beyond our comprehension yet available for us to believe. We accept the truth as it has been revealed to us. And the results of our belief are life-changing. 


Mystery of the Gospel.

Ephesians 6:19

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

The gospel message that Paul had preached to them, that they had welcomed, on which they had taken their stand was the message that had saved them. Paul wanted to remind them of that gospel, because apparently some false teachers had been distorting it. In fact, some of the Corinthians had come to believe that there would be no resurrection of the dead (1 Corinthians 15:12). Not only was the church in Corinth having problems with unity, it was also dealing with basic problems of theology. This, too, would tear apart the church. As an apostle who had himself seen the risen Christ (1 Corinthians 15:8), Paul took these Corinthian believers back to the basics of the message that they had welcomed and received.  The gospel message of their salvation.

 

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