The Mystery of God (Part 3)

We are continuing our search through scripture that supports the idea that the mystery of God in Revelation chapter 10 is the fulfillment of our gospel.  There are four questions that we are looking at that scripture over and over again answers.  These are those questions pertaining to 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?

Paul lets the church in Rome know that he preaches the gospel, the proclamation of Christ, according to opening up of the mystery that has been hidden.  His proclamation of Christ is the revelation of this mystery.  This mystery was spoken of by the prophets and was written down for us at God’s command so that all nations might believe and obey God.  Again in every way Paul has demonstrated that the mystery of God is our gospel.

Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, (which was kept secret since the world began) but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him–to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.[1]

Paul elaborates on a new idea that has not been introduced yet in this study.  The mystery is the grafting in of the gentiles into the promises of Israel, though the hardening or their hearts.  To this all us gentiles say. Praise God.

I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.[2]

We will see that the more we look into the mystery of God the more and more scripture describes this mystery as our gospel.  Paul teaches us the mystery reveals we will be like the man from heaven, when we will be gathered at the last trumpet.  The mystery is we will no longer be cursed by sin and death.  We understand that when the last trumpet shall sound death will be swallowed up.

And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.  I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.  Listen, I tell you a mystery:  We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed–in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.  When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:  “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”  “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.[3]

God has made know to us the mystery of His will as it has pleased Him.  This mystery was purposed in Christ and will be put into effect at the time of the end.  The mystery of His will reveals that when it is put into effect all things will be under Christ.  By the purpose of His will we were chosen before the creation of the world for adoption.  The mystery of His will is done with all wisdom and understanding.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will–to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.  And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment–to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.[4]

In another place scripture talks in depth of this mystery.  This mystery was revealed to Paul, explaining why he wrote of it so much.  It was also made know to the Prophets and other Apostles.  It is confirmed that this great mystery includes us gentiles sharing in the promises of Christ and heirs with Israel.  And lastly, Paul’s purposes is to make plain the administration of this mystery which has been hidden from the beginning of the world.  Note how many times Paul uses the word mystery in this portion of his letter.

Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.  In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets.  This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.  I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.  Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.[5]

We have discovered that the more we look into the mystery of God we find our gospel.  We find Christ and gentiles who share in the blessings of Israel.  We find we will be like the man from heaven and the curse of death will be broken.  All of this will be accomplished when the death is swallowed up at the last trumpet.  All of this will take place when Jesus takes His kingdom at the last trumpet.

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.”[6]

Again what does this mean for the debate over the pre-trib rapture?

[1] Romans 16:25-27

[2]Romans 11:25

[3] 1 Corinthians 15:49-57

[4] Ephesians 1:3-10

[5] Ephesians 3:2-9

[6] Revelation 11:15

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