Saturday, August 13, 2016

PROPHECY OR MYSTERY?- By Richard Jordan


Scripture Reading: Romans 16:25, 26

There is much interest astir in our day over prophetic things. Preachers and Bible teachers the land over are seeking to ready their hearers for what surely appears to be the "last days." Long-held pre-millennial truths are being dusted off, spruced up with new dressings and sent forth to "establish the saints." Since we are interested students of prophecy ourselves, we would certainly not discourage this interest; but remind our readers that the path to establishment and stability is not in understanding prophecy, but rather, as Paul says, God is "able to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the Mystery .... "

There is a clear distinction in Scripture between prophecy and the mystery. In fact, the basic division in the Word is the division between the promised, prophesied program of God through Israel (Genesis 22:18, Acts 3:25,26) and the mystery, the secret purpose of God made known through the apostle Paul (Ephesians 3). When this distinction is clearly understood and maintained, the believer will be filled with the knowledge of His will and will no longer be tossed about by various winds of doctrine.

Consider one example of the value of understanding this distinction today. If you were able to identify the Anti-Christ (a favorite pastime of many!) or to figure the exact date when the two witnesses will show up, etc., what real good would it do you-considering that the Body will be gone before the 70th week of Daniel 9? But, if you clearly understand that what happened in Acts 2, for example, was the fulfillment of prophecy (as Acts 2:16 says) and thus could not be the program for today, (which is the Mystery because neither Joel nor Peter knew of it-See Ephesians 3: l-s)--then the confusion of trying to follow a commission (Matthew 28, Mark 16, etc.), a plan of salvation (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38), a demonstration (Mark 16: 17, 18; Acts 2:4), an economic order (Acts 2:44, 4:32-34) that was never given to you in the first place, is easily dispelled!

How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.

Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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