WHAT IS THE MYSTERY?
By Floyd Baker
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:1-9,2:16
Some years ago we gave this question as a part of an assignment in one of our Bible classes, and we found the results to be quite interesting. Perhaps before you read this article you might like to write down your understanding of what the mystery is.
First of all, it should be understood that the word "mystery" is not confined to the writings of the apostle Paul; and secondly, in his writings the term is used in different passages and should be studied in context. For example, we read of "the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 13:11). In Paul's writings we read of "the mystery of godliness" (I Timothy 3:16), also "the mystery of iniquity,"(II Thessalonians 2:7) as well as those which are directly related to the message of Paul (I Corinthians 15:51).
Turning now to our passage in Ephesians 3:1-9, Paul declares "his knowledge in the mystery of Christ." It is clear that Paul is revealing truth that he received by revelation, and it is not the subject of prophecy. We find that the "mystery" is essentially three things. "The Gentiles are FELLOWHEIRS, and of the SAME BODY, and PARTAKERS of his promise in Christ by the gospel whereof I was made a minister" (Ephesians 3:6, 7a). What we have is JOIN!' HEIRS, IN AJOIN!' BODY, and JOIN!' PARTAKERS of His promise. This is described in Ephesians 2:15 as a "NEW MAN." It is important for us to realize that Paul alone was given the responsibility and privilege of making known God's plan and purpose for the Body of Christ. We are not to confuse the "mystery" with God's program in prophecy for the Gentiles. (See Acts 15:13-18.) How precious should be the writings of Paul in understanding God's program today!
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