The Mystery of God (Part 2)


In the Mystery of God (Part 1) we answered four questions about the mystery of God.

  1. If it is to finally be finished, when was it started?
  2. Who knows about this so called mystery of God?
  3. What is this mystery of God?
  4. Does this mystery of God impact us?

We discovered that this mystery was ordained before the world began.  This mystery was revealed to the prophets and Paul mentions it.  We learned this mystery does impact us because it is the completion of the gospel of God.

I am going to give more scriptural support for the conclusion that the mystery of God being accomplished in Revelation 10 is our gospel.  The understanding of this mystery being finished at the last of the seven trumpets has some very interesting implications for the debate over a pre- trib rapture.

Paul declares he was a minister of the mysteries of God.  Again this answers the question of who knows about this mystery. 

Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.[1]

Paul not only was one who new of such mystery and was willing to be accountable to it, he charges deacons to hold this mystery of the faith (our gospel) with a pure conscience.  So our church leadership should know what it is.

Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongue, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;  Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.[2]

Paul lets us know that not only was he preacher of this mystery.  What did Paul preach, but our gospel.  He was also in chains because of this mystery (gospel).  Paul asked for prayer that he may declare this mystery (gospel) with out fear.

Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains.  Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.[3]

There is one source were we can find all the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge and this place is found in another mystery.  Paul wants believers to have a complete understanding of the mystery of Christ (who is our gospel) which is were we find all hidden treasures.

My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.[4]

Paul again declares he is in chains but this time he doesn’t call it the mystery of the gospel but of Christ.  Again he wants prayer that he may boldly the mystery of Christ (our gospel) as he should.

And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.  Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.[5]

Paul teaches us that Christ is the mystery of godliness (our gospel).  Our gospel is a mystery about God imputing us righteousness and our being dead to sin through the cross.

Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.[6]

Paul uses the example of marriage to describe to us the mystery of our being united to Christ (our gospel).  Our gospel is a profound mystery.

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”  This is a profound mystery–but I am talking about Christ and the church.[7]

Tomorrow we will look at more scriptural support for the conclusion that the mystery of God that is accomplished in the days of the last trumpet.  Until then what implications do you think this has on the pre-trib rapture position?


[1] 1 Corinthians 4:1

[2] 1 Timothy 3:8-9

[3] Ephesians 6:19-20

[4] Colossians 2:2-3

[5] Colossians 4:3-4

[6] 1 Timothy 3:16

[7] Ephesians 5:31-32

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