Posted by: SandreS | April 12, 2010

The Mystery of Paul’s Gospel

The Sacred Secret Revealed Through the Evangel Committed to Paul

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 since the world began (Romans 16:25).

Paul’s gospel was firmly centered in the “preaching” (i.e., proclaiming, heralding) of Jesus Christ. Yet Paul did not merely proclaim Jesus Christ based on His earthly ministry as recorded in the four “Gospels” of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Instead he proclaimed Jesus Christ based upon an advancement in truth from God; a progression known as “the revelation of the mystery.”

Why Is It Called “The Mystery”?

Because it was “Kept Secret.”

… The revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began (Romans 16:25).

Because it was “Hidden in God.”

… The fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hidden in God(Ephesians 3:9).

Because it was “Hidden from Ages and from Generations.”

Even the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations(Colossians 1:26).

Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men … (Ephesians 3:5).

Because it was “Unsearchable.”

… That I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ (Ephesians 3:8).

Paul’s message was “unsearchable,” i.e., it was untraceable – not locatable – in the rest of Scripture. (For a further look at “the mystery” study the following references: Ephesians 1:9; 3:3-4; 6:19; Colossians 4:3; I Timothy 3:9.)

Where Did The Mystery Originate?

It Came as a Direct, Divine Revelation.

I certify you, brothers, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:11-12).

… By revelation He made known to me The Mystery … (Ephesians 3:3).

… I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord … the abundance of the revelations … (II Corinthians 12:1, 7).

The last words of the Lord Jesus Christ are not recorded in the book of Acts (chapter one).

To Whom Was The Mystery Revealed?

Paul was the Recipient of The Mystery.

… The gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me … (Galatians 2:7).

… The dispensation of the grace of God which is given me … (Ephesians 3:2).

… The dispensation of God which is given to me … (Colossians 1:25).

… The gospel which was preached of me is not after man … (Galatians 1:11).

Paul wrote down the words concerning our Lord Jesus Christ (I Timothy 6:3) for the Body of Christ in this dispensation of Grace (Ephesians 3:2).

Paul was an apostle of the Lord (Galatians 1:15-16; 2:8; Acts 9:15; I Timothy 2:7; II Timothy 1:11; Acts 26:16-17; Romans 11:13; 15:16).

What Does the Mystery Contain?

The Formation of the Body of Christ.

No other Bible author speaks of the Body of Christ.

Until Paul’s reception of the revelation of the mystery, Israel had been the instrument of God. Now a new group of individuals, called out from among the nations, are being formed as the instrument of God (I Corinthians 10:17; 12:27; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:4, 12; Romans 12:5; Colossians 1:18; 3:15). This body of individuals is made up of Jews and Gentiles (Ephesians 2:14-18; 3:6), and begins with Paul (I Timothy 1:13-16). The body of Christ is God’s ecclesia (“the church” – Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:23; Colossians 1:18, 24). The body of Christ is a totally new creation (Ephesians 2:15; Galatians 6:15; II Corinthians 5:17).

The Present Dispensation (i.e., Administration) of Grace.

No other Bible author speaks of this dispensation.

This dispensation begins with Paul (Ephesians 3:2; Colossians 1:25). Grace has such control in this dispensation that it is said to “reign” (Romans 5:21).

The Gospel of the Grace of God.

No other Bible author speaks of this gospel.

This wonderful gospel emphasizes and magnifies God’s grace. Paul uses the word “grace” over 100 times in his epistles (more than any other Bible author.) This gospel was provided for by the finished redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ, but it was not revealed until Paul (I Timothy 2:5-7; II Timothy 1:9-11).

The Justification of the Believer.

The mystery reveals that the believer, joined with Christ, has been made “righteous” – and not just any righteousness, as good as that would be – but we have been “made the righteousness of God in Him [Christ].” Being justified is a great advancement over just having one’s sins forgiven.

The Temporary Setting Aside of Israel.

The revelation of the mystery gives the only scriptural answer to why God is not now dealing with the nation of Israel (Romans 11:11-15, 25). In the program of the “kingdom of heaven” the Gentiles were to be blessed by Israel’s rise (Isaiah 11:1, 10). Yet, according to the mystery, the Gentiles are blessed through the fall of Israel.

The One Baptism.

There were “diverse” (many) baptisms under God’s program for Israel (Hebrews 6:2; 9:10). By contrast, the revelation of the mystery has only ONE baptism, which is spiritual (Ephesians 4:4; I Corinthians 12:13; Romans 6:3; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; I Corinthians 1:17).

The Heavenly Position of the Body of Christ.

Whereas Israel’s hope was an earthly one, the mystery reveals a heavenly hope for the believers in this age (Ephesians 1:3; 2:6; Philippians 3:20; Colossians 3:1-3).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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