Friday, May 1, 2020

'Mysteries'of God


Friends is the Christian religion a mystery!? Is God’s living WORD a mystery!? And, also, do we worship a CREATOR which is an unfathomable mystery!? A great Being who we cannot understand – or is it actually possible that we can understand the Word of God, the Truth of God, and the Plan of God!? Or, are we completely wrong and in the dark!?

Sir Winston Churchill once said, “There is a plan being worked out here below.” Indeed he sensed that God was working out His Plan. Can we know and understand this Plan!?

The apostle Paul once used a statement which I would like to speak upon today. In 1st Corinthians 2:4 – “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5) that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” - the apostle Paul who got his teaching directly from Jesus Christ! Paul said, ‘I didn’t learn it from a man, I learned it directly from Jesus Christ!’ So, Paul is relaying to us, and to those people back then, exactly what he had been taught by Jesus Christ!
Verse 6 – “However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7) But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, …
Now, was Paul intentionally saying that God’s Word is a mystery!?

Look at what he calls it.
… the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, …
Paul writes concerning his ministry and the Message which he was teaching – and he describes it as ‘revealing a hidden mystery, this hidden wisdom.’

Now the Greek word “mystery” is mystērion, meaning “secret.” This word only appears in the New Testament which lists it approximately 22 times.

But this is not something which is mysterious or mystic, or even astrological or cultic. It actually means – and in Romans 11:25 I have noted ‘of obtaining eternal life, the hope of eternal life’ – a hidden truth. The truth that is hidden from most people.

And I believe that this truth is hidden from most – if not all – of so-called Christianity. And I will explain this as I move forward.

And in verse 9 he says:
“But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ 10) But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.”
Paul is speaking of someone who is a spiritually mature believer and follower of Christ – a Christian.

Now, over in the 4th chapter of 1st Corinthians, Paul writes:
“Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” 
There is that word again! Again, in my margin I have written, ‘the hidden truths of God.’ On the Intro of my personal Facebook page, I have written proudly and boldly – ‘a faithful servant of Jesus Christ!’ And the ‘stewards’ are the ones who carry and maintain these mysteries of God. As Jude writes – those who ‘contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.”

Just what are the mysteries of God!?

Do you know what they are!? And, did our Lord Jesus Christ tells us just what are the mysteries of God!?

Now, I was told by my mother-in-law the other day on Easter that God has many religions. And, she added, “At least you believe in God!” No one in my home could understand just why I ate unleavened bread every day for the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And when I stated to her, “God commands it.”  Her non-practicing Protestant eyes glared at me in complete bewilderment.

Many times in our speech and in our articles we boldly state that what we have learned from the Holy Bible is “the truth.” We claim that we understand “the truth.”

Jesus Christ in the 13th chapter of Matthew actually uses the same word - mystērion, meaning “secret.” This is where He begins to speak in parables, and His disciples asked Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” Now, I’ve heard throughout the year's ministers on the gauntlet of Christian radio programs speak about Jesus’ parables - claiming that they were to explain just what Jesus Christ was saying. Yet, it’s just the opposite here in Matthew’s account. Verse 11 – “He answered and said to them, ‘Because it has been given to you [a very small remnant; this select group] to know the mysteries [the hidden truths] of the Kingdom [of the] heaven[s], but to them [the great majority; to the great masses who were listening to Him speak] it has not been given.’

Let’s go over these parables – these ‘hidden truths’ – that are divinely revealed, but holds a supernatural element which remains even beyond the revelation which Jesus gave to His disciples. The underlining meaning of these parables was revealed only to His disciples.

There are seven listed here – they all have to do with a kingdom from heaven.

  1. Sower of Seeds. In this parable, Jesus describes the indiscriminate scattering of seeds. Some of the seeds fall by the wayside. Jesus would describe that these are people that simply didn’t understand the Message. They heard the Words from Jesus’ mouth, but they didn’t understand it. Some seeds fell in a stony place – and He described this as persecution or tribulation which would come along and they would be “offended.” So they would deny or forget what they originally heard or who they first heard these ‘hidden truths’ from. Some seeds fell among thorns – and He described this as being the cares of the world, the riches of the world, that would actually choke the Word and people would reject the Message. And then there are those seeds which fall on good ground.
  2. The Tares.  He speaks about the seed on the good ground being the children of God and the tares the seed of the wicked one – and that Satan the devil was the one who had sown those tares. Jesus later says that ‘the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.’
  3. Kingdom [from] heaven is like a mustard seed. The work of faith that grows from such an insignificant beginning. Now, if you’ve ever looked at a mustard seed – they’re the tiniest of all seeds! Yet, the Bible describes the kingdom growing into a tree in whose branches the birds of the air can rest and receive shade. Also, the faith in which we have and how it grows and can signify the work of God in a person’s life.
  4. Kingdom [from] heaven is like leaven. This can indeed teach that the kingdom of God begins quite small, but will become exceptionally large. The kingdom of God will have people from all over the world. Now, there are some biblical commentators who believe that – because He mentions leaven – it could be a warning from Jesus. Leaven is often spoken of in the Bible as something evil. It talks about ‘the leaven of malice and wickedness.’ And, Jesus spoke of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees – concerning their evil doctrine. So, that ‘leaven’ could be a false doctrine that began and eventually engulfed the whole earth. Jesus spoke of this false doctrine in the Book of Revelation which will be the extent at His return – and it will be immensely powerful. Like Revelation 6:2 and the ‘white horse’ – you could conceivably go either way with this. Either way – remember that these are ‘hidden truths’ which Jesus revealed to His disciples.
  5. Kingdom [from] heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. One that would sell all that he had and acquire the kingdom. Remember – once a rich nobleman asked Jesus Christ, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said, ‘Keep the commandments.’ And he retorted, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” Jesus again answered, “’ You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.’” Now, we are not to sell all our possessions and give them to the Church of God. Jesus was revealing within this man something – that he didn’t even know – that he did not have complete devotion to God without reservation. This rich nobleman turned and left sorrowfully. He wasn’t willing to give up those things he had – no matter what. This is the ‘hidden truth’ which Jesus is revealing here.
  6. Kingdom [from] heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls. About a merchant who went and sold everything he had to buy a field because there was a ‘pearl of great price’ in it. And, this ‘pearl of great price’ is the living T R U T H of our Eternal God! It must be that ‘pearl of great price’ that you must forego everything else - that you must latch onto – the TRUTH OF GOD! In 2nd Corinthians Paul writes, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” And also in Philippians 2 – “who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal [Greek word harpagmos – meaning, “something to hold onto”] with God.” – referring to His former state when He was a divine member of Elohim. Verse 7 – “but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.” – He emptied Himself. He gave everything up so that He might purchase the Church of God with His own blood!
  7. Kingdom [from] heaven is like a dragnet. In which there is gathered both the good and bad fish and they separate them. And, He explains that this is a description of the ‘White Throne Judgment’ at the end when Jesus Christ is going to allow His angels to sever the wicked from the righteous and cast them ‘into the lake of fire.’
Friends, all of these are considered ‘hidden truths’ that Jesus gave to His disciples.

How do you understand these truths!? We understand that it is ONLY through the power of God’s Spirit that He gives us.

Now, over in the Book of Romans, the 11th chapter, which I made note of earlier, Paul uses this same Greek word again - mystērion, meaning “secret.”

“For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.” - until the conclusion of the Day of the LORD.

Unless led by God, the Bible is a giant multi-layered puzzle. A mystery. Enigma. Conundrum. And this was arranged and ordered by God as an act of mercy. The people of the world – the people who are devoid of God’s truth – past and present, people who have not been called and chosen, they are not facing eternal judgment and the prospect of the second death. They are safe in their state of Biblical and spiritual ignorance, waiting for a future era of time when they too will receive the blessings of understanding the ‘hidden truths’ of God as it were, and eventually being admitted into the Kingdom of God!

Now friends, a great number of people believe that Jesus came to this earth to preach His Message so that He would thereby save the whole world. And yet Paul here – quite a number of years after the death, the burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ – is saying that blindness has happened in part to Israel. Jesus came to His own, and His own received Him not! He is saying that they are blinded and cannot see the ‘hidden truths’ of God.

There’s another occasion – 2nd Corinthians, the 3rd chapter. Look at what he says here concerning Israel.

Verse 12 – “Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech – 13) unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away.” – and, of course, remember the ‘veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom’ when Jesus died on the cross, and He said, ‘It is finished!’ Thereby making the Way accessible to God the Father.

Verse 14 – “But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, …” – that veil is still in place today. When people read the Old Testament they can’t see or understand what those references are to Jesus Christ which predicted all of these ‘hidden truths’ that were to be fulfilled in Christ.

Verse 15 – “But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies in their heart.” – and that, friends, still exists even to this day. “Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” So Paul is telling us here that a person has to turn to God, turn to Jesus Christ – they have to repent, they have to be baptized, they have to receive God’s Holy Spirit in order to understand the words which God has blessed us with here. They reveal the ‘hidden truths’ that God intended His people to understand.

Another example is Ephesians, the 3rd chapter. “For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles – 2) if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, 3) how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, …” – he’s referring, of course, to the early part of that chapter of which he speaks of this ‘mystery’ of God.

Now, it’s interesting – where Paul wrote in Galatians – “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, 16) to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles …” – Galatians 1:15, 16. Paul – and you have to believe that Paul, who spent three and a half years in private study with Jesus Christ out in the deserts of Arabia, knows what he’s talking about! Verse 17 – “nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.” He got His ministry directly from Jesus Christ! He is saying, “Jesus Christ revealed this mystery to me.”

Verse 4 – by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), 5) which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets.” – so, there is a revelation that comes through the Spirit of God.

And, here is another revealed truth – verse 6 – “that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel.” Jesus Christ made it known unto the apostle Paul that the Gentiles were also included in His Plan of salvation. And, that was a ‘hidden truth’ that they didn’t see coming. And I believe this is one of the reasons why the Jews gave Paul so much trouble when he was preaching to the Gentiles. Because they couldn’t believe that Gentiles (other nations) were being offered this same promise of salvation through the gospel and through the glorious Message which Paul preached.

Over in chapter 5, he says – and in today’s society many won’t like the words of God’s Word, “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.” And later in this same chapter, he says, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, … 27) that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. … 30) For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.” – reminiscent of Adam saying, “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh” where God took one of his ribs and created a woman. “We are one now!”

Verse 31 – “’ For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ 32) This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”

Friends, is Paul saying here that the marriage between a man and a woman is a prime example of what Christ intends for the church!? The relation which they are to have? The oneness which they are to have with one another is just like the marriage between a man and a woman? This is exactly what he is saying. And he calls this a mystery – a ‘hidden truth’ that God has revealed to His people.

Also, over in Colossians chapter 1, Paul again writes, “of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 26) the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.”

This ‘hidden truth’ was not always available to the saints of God.

Verse 27) “To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is …” – and here is the ‘hidden truth’ – “ … Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Friends, Paul is actually talking about Christ living within you! That had never been taught before! An indwelling of God within a human being! The giving of God’s Holy Spirit in which we have a “down payment” of God’s Spirit. And, this was greatly exemplified on the day of Pentecost 31 AD in which the Holy Spirit came down and rested upon them.

In Galatians chapter 2, verse 20, Paul says, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Then, another example is over in Colossians chapter 2, verse 2, “that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, …” – so this mystery here has to do with God the Father and Jesus Christ. “ … in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

The Jamieson Fausset and Brown Commentary says, “Like a mine of unknown and inexhaustible wealth, the treasures of wisdom are all in Him hidden, but in order to remain so; they only need to be explored for you to attain ‘unto the riches’ in them; but until you press after attaining the full knowledge of them, they remain ‘hidden.’”

Christ Jesus possesses all the divine wisdom that humans seek. This wisdom and knowledge are in Christ.

Now, in John chapter 1, verse 1, he writes, “In the beginning was the Word [the Logos; the Spokesman], and the Word was with God [meaning, God the Father], and the Word was God [meaning, He’s also a God]. … 14) And the Word became flesh and dwelt [tabernacled] among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

There was a time when Jesus asked His disciples, “’ Who do men say that I am?’” There was rumored about Jerusalem that He was – verse 28 - “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” – interestingly, The Emphatic Diaglott calls him ‘John the dipper.’ But, then He asks, “’ But who do you say that I am?’” And Peter answers, “You are the Messiah.” – the Son of the living God.

That friends is a ‘hidden truth.’

In 1st Timothy, the 3rd chapter, Paul writes to Timothy concerning his own personal conduct as a minister. And, of course, this is extremely important! I, myself, reviewed this chapter before I was ordained in August 2019. He was encouraging Timothy, who was a young minister on how to conduct and carry himself. And he writes here in verse 14 – “These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; 15) but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground [or foundation] of the truth.”

He is telling Timothy here, “you must conduct yourself in a godly way. Because if you don’t then the gospel Message will be negated by your conduct. People could easily say, “Well, if he’s acting that way, then the Message is of no use.”

Then Paul writes, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.”

In Ellicott’s Commentary he writes, “for the glorious truth which the Church of God pillar-like upholds, is none other than that stupendous mystery, in other ages not made known, but then revealed—the mystery of Christ, in all His loving manifestations and glorious triumph.”
These are all ‘hidden truths’ which Paul was describing to the church that can only be revealed through the Spirit of God. And, most people are completely oblivious to a lot of these truths. One is in 1st Corinthians 15, which speaks of the resurrection. A HIDDEN TRUTH! “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep [or remain in our graves], but we shall all be changed – 52) in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at THE LAST TRUMPET [the SEVENTH TRUMPET] …” - the dead in Christ shall rise first and we which are alive shall not precede those, but we shall be called up with them, to meet the Lord in the air. And Paul continues talking about the resurrection – which, again, most people are completely oblivious to.

It is a hidden truth of which I just can’t understand why people can’t accept! The idea of the resurrection instead of the idea of the “immortal spirit” or rather “soul.” My friend, who just died April the 19th, his wife spoke to me via the telephone and was telling me that one of their friends was scared to death the other night by my friend's “spirit.” Another friend of theirs “felt the wind outside begin to blow harder.”

A final example is in Ephesians chapter 1, in which Paul talks about ‘the gathering together of all things.’

Verse 9 – “having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10) that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth – in Him.”

Of course, he was talking about the gathering together of all of God’s people – the God Family which are in the upper heavenly realms and those that are on the earth into one family.

Friends, indeed, Christ Jesus is going to take control of His kingdom! In Acts, the 1st chapter we are told that “this same Jesus, who was taken up from [us] into heaven, will so come in like manner as [they] saw Him go into heaven.”

And the Book of Revelation tells us, “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him [meaning – the resurrected “Holy” Roman Empire]. And all the [nations] of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.” Also, Gabriel – a mighty archangel of God – in the Book of Luke says, “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.” Most people don’t even know where that throne is. And, they don’t know of the promises which God made to King David, and those promises extended to Jesus Christ our coming ‘King of kings and Lord of lords.’ He is going to inherit this same throne when He returns again! And, He will reestablish His Laws once again! The prophet Zechariah wrote concerning the Day of the LORD, “And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, …”

On our Facebook page notes titled “The Word of God is the FOUNDATION of Knowledge” is a photo representation of the great city New Jerusalem of Revelation 21:16. Isaiah the 11th chapter says that in that day, “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD As the waters cover the sea.” For as Revelation says, they ‘who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. [rather instead having been sealed with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14)]. 15) And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” Now, the majority of people think that they’re going to go off to heaven. And yet the living word of God over and over talks about the kingdom of God is going to be established here on this earth – an ‘everlasting kingdom’ – and that even the nature of the animals is going to be changed (cf. Isaiah 11:6-9).

Now, when it comes to meat-eating for animals, the Bible has some clear statements – and I won’t go into depth on this subject here, but to say briefly:
The original diet for both animals and humans were plants (cf. Genesis 1:29-30). And, Isaiah the 65th chapter says, “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain [His holy kingdom],’ says the LORD” reflects an Edenic state which the world will become. Also, it is clear that God permitted man to eat animals only after the Flood (cf. Genesis 9:3). So clearly, only the righteous in the eyes of the Lord God would not eat meat before the Flood. Old-earth theologians/evolutionists will surely dispute this.
And, since there is no direct reference in God’s living word of Him giving permission for animals to begin eating meat – of which they of course do – it means that at some point after Adam sinned plant-eating animals began to eat meat.
In Genesis 1:31 we read, “Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.” This statement is of utmost significance!  
Now, earlier I mentioned Isaiah 11:6-9, and it may be that the prophet Isaiah is using images of which we can relate to, in order to describe the indescribable. To describe a state of existence which is – on many levels of human reasoning – beyond our capacity to fully understand - yet. Because as I myself quander – how can a lion not eat meat!?
What I can say with surety is that there was no meat-eating before Adam sinned.
But, getting back to the subject at hand - back in Revelation the 1st chapter He also speaks of this mystery. And, reading from the King James Version, Jesus says that there are seven stars and seven golden candlesticks, and He says, ‘I will show you this mystery.’

Verse 20 – “’ The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in My right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: …’

Do we have an angel that protects us in this church!? Is there one sitting next to you right now!? Now, surely, they don’t have to sit in a physical chair. But I pray to Almighty God and our Lord Jesus Christ that there is one next to you – right now. That protects the church, and reports back to God the condition we find ourselves in. Are we ready!?

Are we ready to handle this task that is before us!?


Friends, there’s one other ‘hidden truth’ which Paul reveals to us – and that is the power of evil. That this evil shouldn’t be underestimated. We should guard against it, we should prepare for war against it, and that we have the armor of God to combat it. We should have the tools of faith in place to withstand against it.

It’s in 2nd Thessalonians chapter 2. Paul speaks of this ‘falling away’ and a ‘son of perdition’ who is revealed and exalts himself above all that is called God (cf. Matthew 24:25-25). And, we know that that is soon to come. But, down in verse 7, he says, “For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.”

Now, I’ve heard many say, that this is a restraint that is taking place until the restraint is removed. Verse 8 – “And then the lawless one will be revealed, …” – a description of an end-time false prophet (we cover this in our free no-obligation online booklet “Prophecy Series – End-Time Babylon”). Verse 9 – “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders.” This is indeed a ‘hidden truth’ which Paul is revealing to us that we need to take extremely seriously!

In the 17th chapter of Revelation John writes, under the inspiration of our living God, “And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Speaking of this great false religious system that has in her possession ‘the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.”

A tremendous WARNING which Paul is conveying to us – and our Lord Jesus Christ in the Book of Revealing. This false religion is to encompass the whole of the earth and we need to be on guard at all times.

And, in the 10th chapter of Revelation, down in verse 6 – “and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay no longer, …” – meaning, it’s the end of man’s rule! Verse 7 – but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.”

Now, there are some who teach that the resurrection of the saints would NOT occur until the SEVEN SEALS were over, and the SEVEN TRUMPETS were over, and the SEVEN PLAGUES were over, and some time – they aren’t really sure - but sometime in there, the resurrection of the saints would occur. But we contend, friends, a revealed truth from God - THE SEVENTH TRUMP IS THE MOMENT OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE SAINTS! The FIRST resurrection! AFTER the resurrection of the saints there are no more godly human beings on the E A R T H. The time of potential salvation is momentarily closed.

So, I ask – is the ‘hidden truths’ of God complete. No, His ‘hidden truths’ will be revealed to His servants even up to the time of the blowing of the SEVENTH TRUMP. □

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