Posted by: SandreS | July 9, 2009

Paul Severed to: The Sacred Secret

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God (Romans 1:1 KJV).

Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, a called apostle, severed for the evangel of God (Romans 1:1 CLT).

As we have seen, Paul has told us in the first verse of the book of Romans that he had been horizoned-off by and for God.

Following the first part of Webster’s definition of the word “horizon” – “… dividing the world into two parts or hemispheres …” – We can see that Paul was cut-off from his former horizon, from his old sphere of life – from his past hemisphere – from his human point of view; but that is not all!

God not only separated him out from his former life, He positioned him in the circumference of a new life – the celestial circumference of Almighty God and His concerns. He was horizoned-off from something to something!

Continuing to follow Webster’s course, let us see the next part of his definition of the word “horizon”:

… the upper hemisphere which is visible, and the lower which is hid …

Paul had his eyes moved from the horizon of the visible by divine revelation. He now saw the hidden things of God and was divinely commissioned to be the spokesman of them.

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; 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 (Ephesians 3:8-9).

Paul was severed to God’s Sacred Secret.

Paul was severed to Christ and His “unsearchable riches.” These riches were “untraceable” in previous revelation. God revealed through Paul the riches of Christ that were before unknown.

Paul was severed to the “fellowship of the mystery;” to God’s glorious, secret administration; unprophesied, unheard of before.

How that by revelation He made known unto me [Paul] the mystery (Ephesians 3:3).

Paul was severed to that which had been “hid in God,” truths that over the course of all time – “from the beginning of the world,”from the eons” – had been concealed in God Himself, were now being made know to and through Paul.

Paul was “horizoned-off” from so many things of earthly value: ritual, relationship, respectability, race, religion, reputation, and self-righteousness. He was “severed” to the Secret-Evangel, God’s Mystery-Good News! Romans 1:1:

Separated unto the gospel of God (KJV).
Severed for the evangel of God (Concordant).
Separated to God’s glad tidings (Darby).
Separated to the good news of God (Young).
Set apart for glad tidings of God (Diaglot).
Separated unto the glad-message of God (Rotherham).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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