Gnostic Doctrine

Tuesday 24 October 2023

A MYSTERY Revelation 10:7

A MYSTERY Revelation 10:7

... A MYSTERY is a concealed FACT that MAY be revealed. God reveals these things unto his children by his spirit. He conceals them from the wise (of the world) but reveals them unto babes:

Matthew 11:25 - “At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”

The MYSTERY Centers Around Jesus Christ. Since “the bearing witness to Jesus is what inspires prophesying,” “the mystery of God” must center around Christ. (Re 19:10; Col 2:2) All “the mystery” of God have to do with his Kingdom. (Mt 13:11) The apostle Paul writes to the believers: “Carefully concealed in him are all the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge,” and “it is in him that all the fullness of the divine attributes, and characteristic dwells bodily.”—Col 2:2, 3, 9.

Paul spoke of himself as having a stewardship of “mystery of God.” (1Co 4:1) He speaks of the comprehension he has “in the mysteries of the Christ.” (Eph 3:1-4) He explains that this mystery is hidden wisdom foreordained by God before the ages. (1Co 2:7)

The declaration of the mystery, or “the mystery of God,” began with God’s own prophecy at Genesis 3:15. For centuries men of faith looked forward to the “seed” of promise to deliver mankind from sin and death, but it was not clearly understood just who the “seed” would be and just how this “seed” would come and bring deliverance.

It was not until Christ came and “shed light upon life and incorruption through the good news” that this was made clear. (2Ti 1:10) Then the knowledge of the mystery of the ‘seed of the woman’ began to be understood.

Includes the Congregation. There are many features in the knowledge of the mystery. The apostle gave further details when he explained that the mystery includes the Church, of which Christ is Head. (Eph 5:32; Col 1:18; Re 1:20) These are his joint heirs, with whom he shares the Kingdom. (Lu 22:29, 30) They are taken from among both Jews and Gentiles. (Ro 11:25; Eph 3:3-6; Col 1:26, 27) This feature of “the mystery” could not be made clearly known until Peter was directed to visit the Gentile Cornelius and saw this Gentile household receive the gifts of the holy spirit. (Ac 10:34, 44-48)

“You were . . . without Christ, . . . strangers to the covenants of the promise, and you had no hope and were without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who were once far off have come to be near by the blood of the Christ.” (Eph 2:11-13) 

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