Posted by: SandreS | January 17, 2010

Paul’s Unique Message

Now to Him Who is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret the since the world began[1] (Romans 16:25).

According to this verse, the revelation committed to Paul, the apostle to the Nations, can be divided into two basic areas. The first of these areas he calls “my gospel.”

… according to my gospel …

This special gospel committed specifically and singularly to Paul (thus, “my gospel”) stands in contrast to the law. It is this good news that God will one day gloriously use as the standard to judge the world (Romans 2:16). This gospel, also known as “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24), is information concerning the all-encompassing accomplishments of the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

… Christ died for our sins …

This good news can be seen clearly in the first recorded message of Paul in the book of Acts:

Be it known unto you therefore, men and brothers, that through this Man is preached unto you  the forgiveness of sins: and by Him all who believe are justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses (Acts 13:38-39).

Note that this gospel is contrasted with the law of Moses.

Paul calls the second part of his message the “revelation of the mystery.”

… and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery …

This special revelation concerning Jesus Christ was also committed specifically and singularly to Paul and stands in contrast to prophecy. God’s prophetic purpose has to do with the reestablishment of His domain on the earth through the instrumentality of the nation Israel. It also has to do with the benefits that Israel receives in conjunction with this purpose.

The earth is currently under rebellion and hostile domain: the reign of the Gentiles (i.e., Nations)!

God’s prophetic purpose has been:

Spoken … since the world began (Acts 3:21).

God’s mystery purpose however, never before revealed until Paul, has to do with the reestablishment of His dominion in the heavenly places through the instrumentality of the Church, the Body of Christ. It also has to do with the benefits that the Body of Christ receives in conjunction with this purpose.

The heavenly places, as well as the earthly places, are currently in rebellion and under hostile domain: the principalities, powers and mights (Ephesians 3:10; 6:12; Colossians 1:16; 2:15).

These “heavenly places” are literal geographical locations in the celestial realm. There are “stories” (i.e., levels) and “troops” (Amos 9:6) located in the heavens that must be brought into harmony with God’s purpose: that His Son be exalted and glorified in the earth and the heaven!

One day God will overthrow the rebellion of the earth through the instrumentality of Israel.[2] He will also overthrow the rebellion of the heavens through the instrumentality of the Church, which is His Body .

On the other hand, the mystery purpose has been:

… Kept secret since the world began … (Romans 16:25).

Thus, we see these two purposes must stand in contrast to each other. One has been “spoken since the world began,” while the other has been kept secret since the world began.” Things that are different are not the same!

My gospel” and “the revelation of the mystery,” the two basic features of Paul’s special revelation and message, are seen in I Timothy 2:4.

Who will have all men to be saved [my gospel], and to come unto the knowledge of the truth [revelation of the mystery].

Paul’s “my gospel” and “the revelation of the mystery” are found exclusively in his epistles: Romans through Philemon. Because these epistles reveal God’s present purpose of Grace, this is the message that will provide stability to the life of the believer.

Now to Him Who is of power to establish you according to … (Romans 16:25).

Just how does Paul reveal that God will establish the believer? He says, “according to …” According refers to the standard by which the believer will be established! What does Paul go on to say that standard is?

… according to (1) my gospel, and (2) the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began (Romans 16:25).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2006, 2010


[1]“world began” – translated “times eonian” (CLT); “the times of the ages” (Young’s); “age-past times” (Rotherham’s).
[2]We refer here to God’s Israel, not man’s. The “Israel of God” (Galatians 6:16) is different from the current state known as “Israel,” the latter being the Israel of the United Nations.

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