What does the word mystery mean? Can you think of some mysteries you learned? In our generation, mysteries have been equated to “who done it” stories developed for television. Most are murder mysteries. But the word mystery means a profound secret. Profound means deep. Intellectually deep. Not obvious to the mind.
So when Paul tells us in God’s word that Paul is revealing a mystery, Paul is telling us he is revealing something intellectually deep that was kept secret or hidden, concealed before.
Additionally, we know the church, the body of true believers, is made up of Jew and Gentile, male and female. We also know from scripture, Paul is the apostle to the church. Not Peter, not James, not John, but Paul was called by God to be the apostle to the church.
So when we are told God’s word is profitable for “doctrine” one has to ask doctrine for whom. You see, Old Testament believers were under the “doctrine” of the law. And when Jesus came, he was under the law. Jesus and the disciples were under the law. That is why the Jewish leaders always accused Jesus of law issues.
Prior to the crucifixion of Jesus, Jesus started telling his disciples ( who were under the law ) things that were not in the law. Things like the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, things about Satan and devils, things about who he really was, God manifest in the flesh. Put yourself in the disciples shoes. Imagine being raised and taught certain things about God and the law of God and now this guy comes along and starts saying things are changing.
After the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, the disciples start witnessing changes and some found some of these changes difficult. Peter was a good example in Acts when God explained the dietary laws were no longer necessary to follow. Sure, God was showing Peter that Gentiles were now going to be saved, but Peter struggled with the changes at first.
But God then calls a man named Saul, a religious man. A man who knew the scriptures very well. God changes his name to Paul and sends him out to Jews and Gentiles with a focus on Gentiles.
Some say there are 7 mysteries in scripture and others say 9 mysteries. Regardless, God chose Paul to reveal many of these mysteries. But as mentioned earlier, the word mystery means a profound secret. Profound means deep. Intellectually deep. Not obvious to the mind.
I would challenge you to look up the word mystery in scripture and see how many mysteries you can find. Although, with some of the new watered down versions of God’s word, you may not find any so I encourage you to use the 6th grade English King James Bible and a good Strongs Concordance and you will find all the mysteries.
Why are the mysteries important? Because the mysteries contain sound “doctrine“. And doctrine is what faith believes. You can not believe on something that is not a doctrine.
There are many doctrines. Doctrine of health, eat well stay healthy. Doctrine of money, spend vs save and investing. Doctrine of scripture. Doctrine is the truth of matters, the teaching of those truths. When it comes to doctrine of God’s word, God himself tells us how to obtain sound doctrine from his word.
2 Timothy 3:15-17 KJV “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
How we obtain this doctrine from God is laid out in 2 Timothy 2:15-16 KJV
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.”
So when God called Paul to go to Gentiles, Paul was the one God chose to reveal mysteries. Timing was perfect. And what I have found is people who do not accept or believe the doctrine Paul teaches have had a couple things happen to sway them into unbelief.
Usually, when someone tries to convince you of “their point of view” they will do similar things. They try to get you to doubt God’s word, they speak against the King James Bible, they laud their scholarly education, they argue and cause doubt or division among believers. They try to take your King James Bible and give you an “easier version”.
Test your friends and family. Ask them are there mysteries in the word of God. Ask them to identify the mysteries and what the mystery reveals. And remember, most modern versions of God’s word came about in the early 1900s so if you stick with the monarch of books, the King James you can find all the mysteries and what they mean.
Until next time.