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Discover the Book - March 4

  • 2013 Mar 04
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See the Mystery

"It has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given."
-Matthew 13:11, emphasis added

In the New Testament, a mystery is not something eerie or inscrutable, but rather "a truth that was hidden by God in times past and is now revealed to those who are in His family." This mystery is a sacred secret that is unknown to unbelievers, but understood and treasured by the people of God. When you read the New Testament you will see the word "mystery" often.

The Mystery of the Kingdom (Matthew 13:11): The mystery first appears in Matthew 13 where Jesus presented the truth that the majority rejected the good news. This had not been revealed in the Old Testament. God came down in human flesh, walked on the earth, did all kinds of miracles, but most people still did not believe Him. THIS IS A MYSTERY.

The Mystery of Israel's Unbelief (Romans 11:25): Why would those who were the line through which the Messiah would come-the chosen people whom God so wonderfully protected and provided for-reject Him? Have you ever thought of how much food it took to feed them in the wilderness? There were three million people. If they ate normally, it would take a train with 1,300 boxcars, nine and one-half miles long, to carry enough food supplies for each day. But God provided faithfully, every day, by spreading out manna around their tents! Yet, with all that and so much more, they still did not believe!

The Mystery of the Rapture (1 Corinthians 15:51-52): This is a mystery that God did not reveal until 1 Corinthians 15. That is why so many people who don't understand the Bible don't believe in the Rapture. (It isn't in the Old Testament or the Gospels.)

The Mystery of the Unity of Believers (Ephesians 3:3-6): That all who believe in Christ would be knitted together in Him is a mystery. The mystery of the church as Christ's bride is found nowhere in the Bible until Ephesians 5:24-32. Israel was the wife of Jehovah God (Isaiah 50:1-3; Jeremiah 3:1), but the church is the bride of Jesus Christ.

The Mystery of the Indwelling Christ (Colossians 1:26-27): The mystery which has been hidden . . . now has been revealed to His saints . . . : which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. The Old Testament saints did not have this privilege.

The Mystery of God in the Flesh (Colossians 2:2-3): The incarnation of the Son of God was a truth not fully revealed in the Old Testament. Isaiah 9:6 declared that God would come, but it did not explain that He would be a person walking around on the earth.

The Mystery of Iniquity (2 Thessalonians 2:7): This refers to sin and how it grows and permeates. Revelation 17 speaks of the mystery of Babylon-the terrible, vile economic and religious system of the end times; and the mystery age will be completed when Christ returns in glory (Revelation 10:7).

The Biggest Mystery of All Human History: Why has God permitted evil? The answer comes in Revelation 10 as the Lord makes a vow that this mystery

The Mystery: Why does God continue to wait? Why does He warn, offer, and watch for a few more sinners to repent? The Answer: The mystery of Jesus is His amazing love for even those who never seem to stop rejecting Him. So He waits, but now, in Revelation 10, it is time for the seventh trumpet to sound.

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