Mysteries And Secrets

As we said in our last post A Mystery –
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. And because God himself says there are mysteries in his word, that means there are things in his word that were kept secret.

But the word mystery means a profound secret. Profound means deep. Intellectually deep. Not obvious to the mind. Many of these intellectually deep secrets God reveals to Paul. Why? Because Paul is the apostle to the church so clearly God wanted the church to know.

Doctrine is the teaching. Every denomination has a doctrine, a teaching. Members of a denomination believe the “doctrine” or teaching of that denomination. True believers are not labeled by denominations. True believers are called Christians. Some call themselves Christian but they do not believe the doctrine of the scriptures, they believe the doctrine of a denomination.

We have said before that Paul’s letters to the churches is the doctrine of true believers and there are 3 key doctrinal books out of Paul’s letters. Why do we say there are 3 key doctrinal books? Because these 3 reveal mysteries and lay the foundation for sound doctrine for the church.

The 3 books are Romans, Ephesians and Thessalonians. I am not going to get into all of the key doctrines now but I do want to give you an example of how God reveals a hidden mystery to Paul so the church will understand the “deep intellectual teaching”.

Ephesians 3:1-10 KJV  “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 you-ward:
[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:
[10] To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,”

Notice the word “mystery” appears three times in ten verses? Paul is clearly explaining something that was hidden in years past but now God wanted believers to know this mystery. Paul goes on to explain the mystery in this chapter. 

What we learn from this example is there was some deep intellectual secret not known before – a mystery – that Paul was now revealing to the church. Notice it was not Peter revealing this, or John, but Paul is the one God chose. So Paul reveals this secret and the church believes God through Paul’s teachings and the church establishes the teaching of this mystery as a doctrine.

Old Testament believers did not have this doctrine. The disciples walking with Jesus Christ on earth did not have this doctrine. This doctrine was established after the resurrection of Jesus Christ and God chose Paul to reveal this “new” doctrine to the church, believers.

Now that some ground work is laid, next time we will look at a mystery that causes believers confusion. Until next time.

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