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Mystery

The Greek word musterion can be translated as "mystery" or "secret." A mystery is kept a mystery unless it is revealed (uncovered), and then it is not a mystery anymore for those to whom it has been revealed because now they know it (refer to Deuteronomy 29:29). A mystery contains the details that are known and can be understood by those involved in it and by those to whom it has been revealed; it is not inexplicable to those involved in it.

In the following passages of Scripture, we will read that the mystery was hidden in God during previous ages, and that it pertains to the gracious salvation available by means of the gift of holy spirit and all that is involved regarding the resurrected Christ during the present time, which is the interval of time between the sufferings of Christ and the glories of Christ. With respect to holy-people (Christians) the mystery that has been revealed includes the truth:

  • that holy-people from the Judean/Israeli background and holy-people from the Gentile/other-nation background are inheritors-together and people-bodied-together and sharers-together of the promise in Christ Jesus by means of the good-message
  • that the remnant of Israel are the holy-people (Christians) of the Judean/Israeli background
  • that the church is the assembly of holy-people who are limbs of the one spiritual body of Christ
  • of the relationship between Christ and the church
  • of 'Christ in you, the hope of the glory'
  • of the hope, and the truth that not all holy-people (Christians) will experience death
  • that in Christ are all the hidden-away treasures of the wisdom and knowledge
  • of the belief in Christ Jesus and the reverence for God that Christ evidences
  • that the mystery of the lawlessness is already caused-to-in-work by the devil but is being held down and restrained by Christ and the holy-people on earth during this age

The following records in the new covenant writings (Acts - Revelation) contain the Greek word musterion:

Ephesians 3:1-5:
3:1For-this-grace I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you, the Gentiles: .2since indeed you heard the stewardship of the grace of God, the (grace) having been given to me into you, .3(which is that) according to revelation the mystery was made-known to me, according as I wrote-beforehand in a little-amount .4towards which reading you are able to mentally-perceive my understanding in the mystery of the Christ, .5which (during) different generations was not made-known to the sons of men as now it was revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in spirit,

The Apostle Paul writes that he is the prisoner of Christ Jesus (the bound-person belonging-to Christ Jesus) in the interests of the holy-people (Christians) who are of the Gentile background (people from nations other-than Israel). They had indeed heard what was spoken regarding the stewardship of the grace of God (the administration of God's household-matters pertaining-to God's unmerited-favor)...

  • specifically the grace that has previously been given to Paul
    • with a view to the Gentiles who believe what God says,
  • which stewardship is that
    • in accordance with revelation (the process of things being uncovered or revealed as though removing a veil to expose what had previously been hidden),
      • the mystery (secret)
      • was made personally known to Paul.

Paul has already written a little bit about it in this letter and here he explains that he is writing it for the purpose that...

  • when you are reading what I have written which pertains-to the mystery
  • you are presently able (have the capability)
  • to mentally-perceive (to observe with your mind, see to the end of knowing mentally)
  • my understanding (what I have put together in my mind gaining insight)
    • into the mystery of the Christ (the secret pertaining-to the Anointed-one, the Messiah).

The reason why this information, which was revealed to me, is called a mystery (secret) is because…

  • during different generations (other time-periods of race, descent or kind of living-beings)
  • this mystery was not made personally-known to the sons of men (mankind),
  • as at the present time it has been revealed to God's holy apostles and prophets.

The present time, now, is this generation which began on the day of Pentecost when the gift of holy spirit was made available to mankind. How has the mystery of the Christ now been revealed to God's holy apostles and prophets? In spirit – within the sphere of action of their holy spirit, which is the spirit of Christ in them. They did not learn about this mystery of the Christ because they were so intelligent or had such a high IQ or did so much research. God revealed this information to them via the holy spirit within them.

Verses 6 and 7:
.6(which is) the Gentiles to be inheritors-together and people-bodied-together and sharers-together of the promise in Christ Jesus by means of the good-message, .7of-which I was caused-to-become a minister according to the free-gift of the grace of God, the (grace) having been given to me according to the in-working of His ability,

The mystery of the Christ, which has been made known, is that:

  • the Gentiles (people belonging to nations other-than Israel, a different ethnic group to the descendants of Israel) have the availability to be:
    • inheritors-together (people who inherit together, joint heirs, those who have the inheritance together, co-heirs),
    • and people-bodied-together (people who body together, having the joint body, co-bodied),
    • and sharers-together (people who share together, joint partakers in association with one-another)

…of the promise in Christ Jesus (God's own proclamation of His own intention within the sphere of action of Christ Jesus). This does NOT say 'with the group of people who are descendants of Israel' nor does it say 'as an extension to Israel' – because the resurrected Christ has created a new body, a new man (also refer to Ephesians 2:15-18).

How would the Gentiles become inheritors-together and people-bodied-together and sharers-together of the promise in Christ Jesus?

  • By means of the good-message (through the gospel, evangel).

It is by the hearing of the good-message which is heralded-forth to the Gentiles that gives them the opportunity to believe what they hear and so receive the gift of holy spirit (refer to Romans 10:8-18). This holy spirit is the spirit of Christ, which is the same holy spirit-life that the Judeans/Israelites receive when they hear and believe the same good-message, thus becoming inheritors-together and people-bodied-together and sharers-together of the same promise in Christ Jesus. They become holy-people (Christians) during the current age.

God had always told the descendants of Israel who received the law of Moses that they would be blessed in the Christ – this was no secret. And, it had previously been known that the Gentiles would be blessed in Abraham and therefore also in the Christ, but the fullness of the totality of this promise in Christ Jesus had not been known until it was revealed as Paul has written. All holy-people are part of the fulfillment of the covenant that God made with Abraham.

Paul continues that: it is pertaining-to and consisting-of this good-message that I was caused to become a minister - I came to be a person who serves to benefit others, doing work to bring them profit, a person who carries-out my day-by-day ministerial-duties pertaining to the good-message.

It is of the good-message that I was caused-to-become a minister…

  • in accordance with the free-gift (the present)
    • consisting-of the grace proceeding-from God –
  • the grace that has been given to me
    • in accordance with the in-working of God's ability (the inner-working, the active energy of God's able-power, His capability).
Verses 8 and 9:
.8to me the more-least of all-people this grace was given to good-message to the Gentiles the un-trackable wealth of the Christ .9and to lighten all-people what (is) the stewardship of the mystery, the (mystery) having been hidden-away2 from the ages in God, the (One) having created all-things,

Having just written about the free-gift of the grace of God, the grace having been given to him according to the in-working of God's ability, Paul repeats that it was given "to me" - as though he were a little shocked or surprised that God would be so gracious towards him, and this also impresses the truth of what he is writing into the minds of the readers of this letter.

Also, Paul calls himself "the more-least of all-people" – this is a figure of speech whereby he belittles himself even below other people, in order to magnify the great degree of God's grace given to him. Paul was well aware of what he had done against God and the Lord Jesus Christ prior to his becoming a holy-person.

For what reason was this grace (bestowed unmerited favor) given to Paul?

  • To good-message (gospelize, evangelize)
    • to the Gentiles
    • the un-trackable wealth of the Christ (Christ's richness is without footprints to follow; it cannot be traced by going after and upon his footsteps as tracks in the snow; nobody or no spirit can track the wealth of the Christ without God's and/or the Lord Jesus Christ's help which the Gentiles received via Paul's preaching of the good-message to them)
  • and to lighten all-people (to pour light upon, give light on, cause light to shine on and thereby give all-people the opportunity to see the object)
    • to see what is the stewardship of the mystery (the administration of God's household-matters pertaining-to the mystery/secret within which we presently live).

This mystery (the secret regarding the one spiritual body of Christ; refer to verse 6 above) had been hidden away (completely or fully concealed and protected, and this truth has not changed) from the ages (lifetimes), other-than the age we are living in at the moment.

The present age is the duration between the day of Pentecost (refer to Acts chapter 2) and the coming of Christ to gather all holy-people together with him in the air away from the earth (refer to I Corinthians 15:51-57, and I Thessalonians 4:13-17).

Where was this mystery hidden away from all people and spirits throughout the ages so that it could not be found-out by anyone until God revealed it? It was kept a secret within God Who is the One Who has created all-things.

Verses 10-12:
.10in order that the much-variegated wisdom of God now may be made-known to the rulerships and to the authorities in the heavenlies by means of the church .11according to (the) purpose of the ages which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord, .12in whom we have the boldness and access in persuasion by means of the belief of him – 

The mystery was hidden in God until it was revealed by Him for the purpose and result that…

  • the much-variegated wisdom of God (God's big amount of various skillful or expert application of personal-knowledge) at the present time
  • would be made personally known
    • to the rulerships (first-placed, chief or dignified-hierarchical positions – which some spirits have been given or have taken for themselves)
    • and to the authorities (authoritative-powers or permitted-rights – which some spirits have been given or have taken for themselves)
      • in the heavenlies (within all that pertains-to the heavenly-realm).

The plural word "heavenlies" gives great emphasis and expansive greatness to this location, which is literally anywhere above the earth, but here it is used metaphorically referring to God's spirit realm, all that is upon and pertaining to God (refer also to Ephesians 1:3 and 20, and 2:6).

How would the much-variegated wisdom of God be made known to the rulerships and to the authorities in the heavenlies?

  • By means of the church (through the assembly of all holy-people who have received the gift of holy spirit).

Making this known by means of the church is…

  • in accordance with the purpose of the ages (the proposal, that-which God put before Himself to do, the plan which He had set throughout the durations of life, the lifetimes, in advance of it actually occurring on the day of Pentecost)
  • which God made within Christ Jesus our Lord.

God made His plan in Christ Jesus our Lord. All holy-people have been caused by God to sit-down-together in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus (refer to Ephesians 2:6), and God purposed this a long time before it was first made available on the day of Pentecost.

The first record of God's promise in Christ is in Genesis 3:15. Now we have holy spirit-life within us, we have the spirit of Christ in us – what a great privilege we holy-people have been given!

And, it is in Christ Jesus our Lord that…

  • we holy-people have (hold):
  • the boldness (freedom, frankness and openness of speech)
  • and access (the leading/bringing us towards God, the approach into being with God, our Father)
    • within persuasion (conviction, confidence, certainty and reliance)
  • by means of the belief of him, Christ Jesus our Lord.
Ephesians 5:25-30:
.25husbands, you must love1 (your) wives according as also Christ loved1 the church and gave himself over on behalf of her .26in order that he may make her holy, having cleaned (her) with the washing of the water in (the) spoken-matter .27in order that he may present the church in-glory to himself, not having a spot or a wrinkle or something of the things-of-this-kind but in order that she may be holy and without-blemish, .28thus also the husbands owe-it to love1 the wives of themselves as the bodies of themselves, the (husband) loving1 the wife of himself loves1 himself, .29for not-one (adult-male/husband) at-some-time hated the flesh of himself but he fully-nourishes and cherishes it according as also Christ the church .30because we are limbs of his body,

In this record Paul writes: the husbands…

  • you must Godly-love your wives
  • according as also Christ Godly-loved the church (of holy-people)
  • and gave himself along (handed himself over by the freedom of his will carrying-out God's will accomplishing redemption and salvation)
  • on behalf of her (the church)
    • for the purpose and result that
    • he would make her holy (sanctify her),
    • having cleaned her (made her free from all mixture, caused her not to be mixed with something else)
    • with/by the washing (bathing as in a wash-vessel or bath)
    • of the water in the spoken-matter (the saying, that speech which was only a portion of the whole Word of God but in itself contains the specific discourse).

The washing of water in the spoken-matter refers to the bathing of holy spirit, as a result of the blood which Jesus Christ shed for sins which was promised in that spoken-matter which God first uttered and was recorded in Genesis 3:15, and which we holy-people received when we believed the spoken-matter (refer to Romans 10:8-10) of what God says regarding Himself and His son, the Lord Jesus Christ since the day of Pentecost.

We have been washed and thereby we have become limbs (members) in Christ’s spiritual body, the church.

Christ Godly-loved the church and gave himself over on behalf of her in order that he may make her holy, having cleaned her with the washing of the water in the spoken-matter…

  • for the purpose and result that
  • Christ himself (not anyone else)
  • would present the church in-glory to himself (cause the church to stand beside or near-by himself being within importance, splendor and renown),
  • not having a spot (stain)
  • or a wrinkle (as folded skin drawn together)
  • or anything of this sort of things (any such things),
  • but contrary to having something like that,
  • Christ did what he did for the purpose and result that
  • she, the church, would be holy (sanctified)
  • and without-blemish (unblemished, no fault to be found because of some defect as a spot or damage in her).

It is in this manner also that the husbands owe-it (are obligated, ought) to Godly-love the wives of themselves (their wives, the women belonging to them not someone else) as the bodies of themselves (their bodies).

Explaining further: the husband Godly-loving the wife belonging-to him Godly-loves himself.

  • In truth not one adult-male/husband at any time hated (having active ill-will towards)
    • the flesh of himself (the flesh of the physical body belonging to him – this means that he would not intentionally cause his flesh to be unable to do what he wants his flesh to do for him during his everyday living, but he does all that he can do to enable it to carry-out his intention; the Greek word translated "flesh" is a feminine noun, as is the word "church"),
  • but on the contrary he fully-nourishes (makes thick and fat from inside to outside, as by feeding)
  • and he cherishes it (heats and keeps his flesh warm, like with incubation)
    • according as Christ also nourishes and cherishes the church because we (you and I – all of us holy-people) are limbs of his body.

All holy-people (Christians) are limbs of the one spiritual body of Christ.

Verses 31 and 32:
.31"in-the-place-of this, a man will leave-down (his) father and mother and he will be glued-together-towards his wife and the two will be into one flesh" – .32this mystery is great, but I say (this) into Christ and into the church;

Paul continues to teach and explain by referring to what was previously written in the Book of Genesis regarding the first man and woman.

  • The context in Genesis is what God had done, by means of Adam.
    • God made a woman with one of Adam’s ribs which was part of the body God gave him.  And Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man.” Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
  • The context in Ephesians is what God has done, by means of the Lord Jesus Christ.
    • God made the church with the resurrected Christ’s body. And Christ fully-nourishes and cherishes the church, which is his body, and we holy-people are limbs of his one spiritual body.

Paul writes:

  • in the place of this,
  • a man will leave-down his father and mother (in the sense that he must actively leave them remaining behind)
  • and he will be glued together towards his wife (he will be caused to adhere, stick, cleave himself with, for the purpose of approaching towards and being with his woman),
  • and the two of them will be
  • into (with a view to and resulting-in)
  • one flesh (not two different fleshes existing and behaving separately from one another) -
    • this mystery is great (this secret, which is now being revealed to you, is large in measure, degree, number, estimation, quality, etc),
    • but I say this into Christ and the church (regarding Christ and the church which is his body, not regarding the man and woman because this was not a mystery).

Christ has been glued together with the church. We are one body spiritually. All of us, including Christ who is the head, now have the same (one) holy spirit-life, and when Christ comes and gathers us all together with him we will receive our spiritual bodies like the one he received from God when God raised him from among the dead-people.

Colossians 1:24-29:
.24...on behalf of his body which is the church .25of-which I became a minister according to the stewardship of God, the (stewardship) having been given to me into you to fulfill the word of God, .26the mystery, the (mystery) having been hidden-away2 from the ages and from the generations, but now it was manifested to His holy-people .27to whom God intended to make-known what (is) the wealth of the glory of this mystery in the Gentiles which is 'Christ in you, the hope of the glory' .28whom we message admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom in order that we may present every man complete in Christ; .29with-a-view-to which also I labor contesting according to His in-working, the (in-working) being caused-to-in-work in me in ability,

In verse 25 Paul writes that he had become a minister according to the stewardship of God, the stewardship having been given to him directed-to the Colossian holy-people to fulfill the word of God. What is the fullness of God's Word to/with/for holy-people? Paul explains:

  • The mystery
  • having been hidden-away and continues hidden-away (it had been completely-concealed, kept fully-secret and remains hidden-away by God Himself – that's why it is called a mystery)
    • from the ages (lifetimes)
    • and away from the generations (the time-periods of race, descent or kind of living-beings – whether fleshy-beings or spirit-beings).

God kept it a secret! Only God Himself knew the fullness of what He was doing by means of His son, the Lord Jesus Christ. This mystery was not revealed to the past ages or the past generations and this truth cannot change.

BUT NOW (at the present time)…

  • this mystery was manifested (it has already been caused to be evidenced, brought to light, shown-forth by God)
    • to God's holy-people (the people who have received the gift of holy spirit).

God did not reveal it to the chief-of-staff or the president or the CEO, not even to His own angels. God revealed it to His holy-people, who are the limbs (members) of the one spiritual body of Christ, God's children.

It is to God's holy-people that…

  • God intended (willed, with active volition and desire)
  • to make personally known
  • what is the wealth of the glory (the richness of the importance, splendor, renown [some texts omit the words "of the glory" and thus would read 'what is the wealth…'])
  • of this mystery
    • in (within/among)
    • the Gentiles (referring to the holy-people with the Gentile background, meaning they used to belong to nations other-than Israel/Judah, descendants of other ethnic groups) –
  • this mystery is:
    • Christ in you (the spirit of Christ is within/among all of you holy-people),
    • the hope of glory (the definite hope, the foundation of your expectation of a still-future event coming to pass pertaining-to and consisting-of importance, splendor, renown).

The spirit of Christ in you is your hope of glory. All of you have the same hope of the promised glory, importance, splendor, renown, which is to come .

Why does Paul call these holy-people "Gentiles"? Because by revelation he is making it very clear to these Colossian holy-people of the Gentile background (descendants of nations other than Israel) that they now have gained all that God promises to all who believe what He says.

All holy-people are limbs (members) of the one spiritual body of Christ because we all have the same spirit of Christ within us. God has made it known to us. People are not only to become holy-people, but we are also to know what God has done for/with/in us by means of His son, the Lord Jesus Christ – and God has made this information known. Paul continues that:

  • It is Christ whom we message (we bring the message down or home to people):
    • admonishing every man (putting every man, all mankind, in mind regarding Christ)
    • and teaching every man (instructing every man, all mankind, regarding Christ)
      • in all wisdom (within the sphere of action of all or every skillful or expert application of personal knowledge)
    • for the purpose and result that
      • we would present every man (cause every man, all mankind, to stand beside or near-by God)
      • complete in Christ (perfect by the ultimate arrival of the state of completeness).

Paul and Timothy wanted every man to be put in mind of the good-message pertaining to Christ in order that they would not only receive holy spirit-life and thus become holy-people (Christians, children of God) but also that they would walk according to the good-message, the gospel which they preached to them. They intended them to be complete in the spirit category and in the walk (behavior) category before God. Paul continues:

  • It is with a view to (into, directed to, for)
    • this mystery
  • also that I labor (I exert wearisome-effort or toil)
    • contesting (being in a contest)
    • in accordance with (in proportion, conformity to/with)
    • God's in-working(His inner-working, active energy),
      • emphatically the in-working that is presently being caused to in-work (caused to do work within, being energized by God)
      • in me (within my holy spirit-life – the spirit of Christ in me)
      • in ability (able-power, capability – dynamically).

In Colossians chapter 2 we read:

Colossians 2:1-3:
2:1for I intend you to have known2 how-great a contest I have on your behalf, and the (holy-people) in Laodicea, and as-many-as did not see2 my face in flesh, .2in order that their hearts may be encouraged having been compacted-together in love1 and into all wealth of the full-assurance of understanding into full-knowledge of the mystery of God: (which is) Christ .3in whom are all the hidden-away treasures of the wisdom and knowledge.

Paul writes: For I intend (will) you to have already known and to still know (perceive, see)...

  • the extraordinarily great contest (what a great size or degree of contest)
  • that I have
    • in the interests of all of you holy-people to whom I am writing (in Colossae),
    • and the holy-people in Laodicea (a city close to Colossae),
    • and as many holy-people as did not see and still do not see my face in flesh (we have not seen each other yet),
  • for the purpose and result that
  • their hearts (the center/core of their beings, the seat of their whole personal selves and life – all three categories of people referred to in verse 1 above)
    • would be encouraged (exhorted),
  • after you all have been compacted-together (brought or caused to come in conjunction as knitting and so uniting yourselves):
    • within the sphere of action of love (this word comes from the Greek word agape which is God's kind of love)
    • and into (with a view to, directed to)
      • all wealth (every richness)
      • of the full-assurance (the full contents of assurance, conviction and confidence)
      • of understanding (insight, having put things together in the mind gaining insight into those things)
    • into full, clear and exact personal knowledge of
      • the mystery of God
      • which is
      • Christ.

God's mystery is Christ (refer also to Colossians 1:27).

Paul did not write that they had to understand the internet, web-design, or how the physical body works, or the environment, or the intricacies of math or business – no! By revelation he writes: ...understanding into full-knowledge of the mystery of God: (which is) Christ.

The mystery of God is His son – Christ. The secret has been revealed to us and therefore it is available for all to know it. Paul has already written in chapter 1 that the mystery relates to Christ and again here he repeats it, not because his memory was failing but in order to emphasize to the holy-people who read this letter the fullness of the resurrected Christ.

  • It is within Christ that
  • all the hidden-away treasures (every one of the treasures which are adjectively described as cryptic or concealed away from perception by others; treasures refers to things laid-up in store, stored-up as in a thesaurus, in-storage – all the hidden-away treasures)
    • of (consisting-of and pertaining-to)
    • wisdom (the skillful and expert application of personal knowledge, what to do as the most appropriate action even when complete knowledge is not known)
    • and knowledge (personal knowledge).

If any person wants to have wisdom and knowledge regarding God's mystery which He has revealed, he/she must look to Christ in order to be able to obtain this information – like going to a thesaurus to find out what it says, or going to the storage facility to get the things that are held there until you come to take and use it.

Romans 11:25-27:
.25For I do not intend you to not-know, brothers, (concerning) this mystery, in order that you may not be thoughtful with yourselves, that a process-of-hardening in-part came-to-pass2 to Israel continuously-until where the fullness of the Gentiles may come-into (being), .26and thus all Israel will be saved according as it was written2, "The (one) rescuing will have-come out-from Sion, he will turn-away lacks-of-reverence from Jacob, .27and this (is) the covenant from Me to them – whenever I may take-away their sins."

In these verses, Paul addresses all the Godly-loved people in Rome, the holy-people who believe what God says regarding Himself and His son, the Lord Jesus Christ (refer to Romans 10:8-10). He calls them "brothers" – reminding them that they all had received the same holy spirit-life from God by means of the Lord Jesus Christ which made them all children of God, including Paul and those with him.

Paul writes: For I do not intend (will) you to not-know (to be un-knowing, unaware), brothers…

  • about this mystery (secret),
    • in order that you would not be thoughtful with/for yourselves (people who have thoughts in your minds for your own worth, thinking intellectually based on your opinions of yourselves, esteeming yourselves to be the only people who will ever belong to God’s tree of people, to the exclusion of those who will have believed what God says from among the Gentiles/other-nations or the Israelites/Judeans during their lives either prior-to or after the present time),
  • that a process of hardening in-part (to some degree, partly, as one part hardening away-from the other part – not wholly, not everybody)
    • happened and continues to become this way to/for Israel (descendants of Israel/Jacob)
      • for the duration of time to where the fullness of the Gentiles may come-into being (the time when the full contents or fulfillment of the people from nations other-than Israel would arrive, when they are saved and brought into the position and state to-which God intended for them, when those who believe will become members of God’s tree of people),
  • and in this manner all Israel will be saved (every one of the Israelites who believe what God says regarding Himself and His son, the Lord Jesus Christ, will be caused to come into safety, made-safe to God from sins and their consequences, from destruction)
    • just as it was written and continues written (this truth has not changed since it was prophesied and recorded in Isaiah 27:9 and 29:20 and 21 – regarding the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to/for Israel),
      • "The one rescuing will have-come out-from Sion (the one delivering, snatching, drawing the descendants of Israel to himself will be in the state of having come, he will at a future time definitely have arrived from Sion/Zion, the place where God dwells and proclaims His salvation and pronounces His judgment; on earth this literally refers to the city of David, Jerusalem, part of which contains the mount/hill called Sion/Zion, but in this context it includes the meaning of the Lord Jesus Christ coming out from heaven),
      • he will turn-away lacks-of-reverence from Jacob (the word translated "lacks-of-reverence" is plural emphasizing the rebellious behavior of the descendants of Jacob in thoughts, words, and actions; notice the name “Jacob” is used instead of “Israel” – the physical, biological, genealogical lineage of Jacob are not being reverential towards God, not being respectful in service towards/for Him),
      • and this is the covenant from Me to them (God will be the source from Whom this binding agreement will proceed to/for the descendants of Jacob, this is what God will do for them bringing His covenant to pass) –
    • at whatever time I would take-away their sins (remove their sins with their consequences from them, deprive them of and thus free them from their state of swerving, missing the mark of the truth of God’s words to them)."

God continues to be righteous (just); He is doing what is right for/with/towards the people of the Judean/Israeli background and the people of the Gentile/other-nation background. The fullness of Israel and the fullness of the Gentiles will come to pass when all those who will have believed what God says during their lives (either before the day of Pentecost, or during the present time by becoming holy-people, or after the gathering-together of all holy-people) will be with the Lord Jesus Christ.

The genealogical descendants of Israel/Jacob today are scattered all over the earth – some of them are hardening becoming like a stone against God, but others of them who believe what God says regarding the Lord Jesus Christ are being healed back into being part of the tree of God's people. Those who believe are the remnant, and this remnant connects the descendants of Israel who believed before the day of Pentecost to the descendants of Israel who will believe after Christ gathers the church together.

Presently, God gives the descendants of Israel the same opportunity as He gives to the Gentiles – to become part of God's people by believing what God has given to be believed regarding Himself and His son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and then God graciously gives them the gift of holy spirit by means of the Lord Jesus Christ.

All those who have received holy spirit-life await the gathering-together of all the holy-people by the Lord Jesus Christ; all are part of the same tree or body of people whether of a Judean/Israeli background or of a Gentile/other-nation background, and consequently enjoy the benefits and the blessing which God has promised by means of the promised seed of Genesis 3:15 – the Lord Jesus Christ.

In Romans chapter 16 we read:

Romans 16:25-27:
.25But to the (One) being able to set you fast - according to my good-message, even the heralded-proclamation of Jesus Christ according to revelation of (the) mystery having been kept-silent2 for agelong times, .26but now having been manifested by means of prophetic writings according to (the) command of the eternal God with-a-view-to obedience of belief having been made-known into all the Gentiles - .27to (the) only wise God, by means of Jesus Christ, to Whom (is) the glory into the ages, with-certainty.

In these verses Paul gives the praise and glory to God for all that He has accomplished by means of His son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He writes: But to the One (referring to the only true God) being able to set you fast (to fix you firmly into the correct position, to establish you)...

  • in accordance with my good-message (the evangel, the gospel that I make known to people),
  • - which is -
    • emphatically the heralded proclamation of Jesus Christ (the proclamation that is heralded forth pertaining to Jesus Christ)
    • according to revelation (the revealing or uncovering, as though removing a veil to expose what had previously been hidden)
      • of the mystery (secret)
        • which was kept-silent (this mystery was hushed, it was not spoken aloud by God) and this fact did not change
      • for agelong times (for the duration of life during the agelong times which began in chronological motion from the day when God first spoke the promise of the coming savior, the Christ, in Genesis 3:15),
    • but at the present time (while writing this letter)
    • this mystery has been manifested (it has already been evidenced, brought to light, shown forth)
      • by means of prophetic writings (through the scrolls, the scriptures of what God communicated to the old covenant prophets and which they spoke forth, prophesied, and which were written down, recorded in the old covenant writings)
    • according to the command (the authoritative arrangement)
      • of the eternal God (issued by God Who is eternal; the agelong duration of God's life is without a beginning-age or an ending-age)
    • with a view to (into, directed to, for the purpose of)
      • obedience relative-to and proceeding-from belief (listening attentively to what God gives to be believed, and then carrying out what is spoken to be heard which is the belief; the action carried out in accordance with and resulting from the belief is obedience of belief)
    • after the mystery has been made personally known into all the Gentiles (the people of nations other-than Israel/Judah) -

...to the only wise God (to God alone, there is no other God Who is skillful or expert in the application of His personal knowledge)...

  • by means of Jesus Christ (he is the one through whom we receive God's wisdom and through whom we give glory to God),

...to Whom (God) is...

  • the glory (the glory belongs-to and is due-to God, He should be given the ultimate importance, splendor, renown)
    • into the ages (for all the durations of life, for eternity, forever),
      • with-certainty (amen, truly, surely!).

Throughout this letter, Paul is teaching the mystery to the holy-people of the Judean/Israeli background and those of the Gentile background, so as to understand the revelation of this mystery regarding all that God has now made available by means of the Lord Jesus Christ to those who believe what He says.

Prior to the day of Pentecost recorded in Acts chapter 2, the children of Israel did not know this mystery of what would be made available by God by means of His son, the Lord Jesus Christ - nor did the Gentiles, nor did any other spirit or person. No spirit and no person knew the mystery, except God Himself - until God revealed it to the Lord Jesus Christ and then commanded that it be revealed to others also.

I Corinthians 2:1-5:
2:1And I, having come towards you, brothers, came not according to superiority of word or of wisdom messaging to you the mystery of God, .2for I did not judge to have known2 something among you - except Jesus Christ and this-person having been crucified2; .3and I became in weakness and in fear and in much trembling towards you, .4and my word and my heralded-proclamation (were) not in persuasions of wisdom but in pointing-out of spirit and of ability .5in order that your belief may not be in men's wisdom but in God's ability.

In these verses Paul provides information about his behavior as an example to the Corinthian holy-people. He writes: When I previously went to you...

  • brothers (reminding them that they are all brothers being children of God with the same holy spirit-life within each one of them),

...emphatically I did not come in accordance with...

  • superiority (prominence or eminency, holding a position or rank which is over others)
    • of word (proceeding from the spoken account - my attitude and focus was not based on how eloquent the individual words were that I spoke)
    • or of wisdom (proceeding from the skillful or expert application of personal knowledge - my attitude and focus was not based on how wise I was)

...during the time that I was bringing the message consisting of the mystery of God down to you (God's secret to you). In truth, I did not judge (make a decision) to have known (perceived) and to continue to know something among you...

  • except (if not, unless it was)
    • Jesus Christ
      • and emphatically this is the one who was crucified, and this truth has not changed;

...and emphatically I caused myself to become...

  • in weakness (without strength emanating from my flesh)
  • and in fear (fright, being afraid at the consequences of the performance of any wrong behavior, and therefore manifesting the awe and respect that ought to be shown for the things of God)
  • and in a lot of trembling (as a shaking or quaking, within tremendous intensity in my obedience to the things of God)

...towards you, and the word that I spoke and the proclamation that I heralded forth...

  • were not
    • within the sphere of action of persuasions (convictions, confident reliances)
      • proceeding from wisdom (the fleshly/worldly kind of wisdom)
  • but on the contrary, they were
    • within the sphere of action of a pointing-out (a demonstration, exhibition, indication as pointing out with the finger away from other objects towards one particular object)
      • proceeding from spirit (the holy spirit within me)
      • and proceeding from ability (the able-power, the capability that emanates from my holy spirit)

...for the purpose and result that your belief (the faith/trust that you have relative to God and the things of God)...

  • would not be
    • within the sphere of action of men's wisdom (fleshly wisdom which excludes God's wisdom)
  • but on the contrary, it would be
    • within the sphere of action of God's ability (the able-power, the capability that originates from the only true God via my holy spirit).
Verses 6-10:
.6But we utter-forth wisdom among complete-people, but wisdom not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, the (rulers) being rendered-ineffective, .7but we utter-forth God's wisdom in a mystery, the (wisdom) having been hidden-away2, which(-wisdom) God marked-out-definitely-beforehand before the ages into our glory, .8which(-wisdom) not-one of the rulers of this age knew for if they knew they did not ever crucify the Lord of glory, .9but according as it was written2, "Which-things eye did not see and ear did not hear, and it did not ascend on (the) heart of man which-things God prepared for the (people) loving1 Him," .10for God revealed (them) to us by means of the spirit, for the spirit searches all-things, even the deep-things of God.

In verse 6 Paul changes to the present tense and writes that he and those with him speak wisdom among complete-people. Only the holy-people who are complete in the thinking of their minds in accordance with holy spirit recognize that what we speak to everyone is wisdom.

Paul clarifies what kind of wisdom he is referring to: ...but wisdom...

  • not of, belonging to, or pertaining to this age (the present lifetime, the time during which we currently live our everyday lives)
  • nor of, belonging to, or pertaining to the rulers of this age (the ones being chief, who are in dignified hierarchical or first-placed positions relative to this age, whether they are people or spirits),
    • emphatically and specifically the rulers who are presently being rendered ineffective (inactive, inoperative and useless - those rulers who willingly reject what God says),

...but on the contrary, we speak God's wisdom which is contained within a mystery (a secret, as verse 1 above)...

  • emphatically and specifically the wisdom which was hidden and continues hidden away (completely or fully concealed and protected by God, and this truth has not changed),
    • which wisdom God definitely marked out beforehand (God set the boundary in advance, He set the limited area, the horizon, the limits relative to this wisdom beforehand, He separated off the boundary ahead of it actually occurring)
      • before the ages (prior to the durations of life which began for mankind when God put His gracious plan of redemption and salvation into active motion as recorded in Genesis 3:15-24)
      • into our glory (with a view to the importance, splendor, renown of all holy-people),

...which wisdom not-one (none, not even one!) of the rulers of this age had personal knowledge...

  • for if they had known - then they would never have crucified (as verse 2 above)
    • the Lord of glory (the Master of importance, splendor, renown - referring to the Lord Jesus Christ who has been made glorious by God),

...but on the contrary, the things involved in God's wisdom are according as it was written and continues written (as part of the old covenant writings; refer to Isaiah 64:4)...

  • "The things which an eye did not see (any eye, the organ of sight did not see to the end of perceiving and knowing these things with the mind)
  • and an ear did not hear (any ear, the organ of hearing did not hear words spoken),
  • and it did not come/go upwards onto the heart of man (any man's heart, figuratively referring to the center or core of mankind's being, the seat of his whole personal self and life)
    • the things which God prepared (made ready)
    • for the people who are loving1 Him (God),"

...for God revealed these things to us. In truth God uncovered them, as removing a veil or covering and thus He exposed the information which was previously hidden regarding these things to us who are holy-people...

  • by means of the spirit (through the gift of holy spirit that we have received),
    • for the spirit searches all-things (in truth the spirit tracks or traces, as a child traces a picture or drawing from a book by using semitransparent tracing paper and a pencil – the spirit searches everything, all these things),
      • emphatically to the degree and in explanation that "all-things" refer to the deep-things of God (the thoughts of great purpose and importance which had been hidden away deep within God).

God is the only One Who knew these things because He did not previously make His own thoughts regarding these plans known to any person or to any other spirit. The knowledge of the things which God has prepared for those who Godly-love Him could only be tracked by God Himself. God's plans could not be searched no matter what method or procedure the devil or any person may have tried to use in their investigation (also refer to II Thessalonians 2:7 and I Peter 1:10-12).

Since the day of Pentecost - instead of there only being one man (Jesus Christ) with the power which he had before he was crucified literally walking on the earth - now there are a lot of holy-people (from among the Judean/Israeli background and the Gentile/other-nation background) with the power of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ within us literally walking on the earth.

I Timothy 3:8-10:
.8Likewise ministers (to be) reverential, not two-worded, not having-attention to much wine, not shameful-gain, .9having the mystery of the belief in a clean conscience, .10but even these-people must firstly be approved, then they must minister being not-arraigned.

A “minister” is a person who serves to benefit others, doing work to bring others profit, one who carries-out his day-by-day ministerial duties, his duties of service pertaining to God and the things of God. It is necessary for ministers to be…

  • reverential (having deference to God and all the things of God and thus are deserving of reverence and respect from others towards themselves; in the state of behaving reverentially),
  • not two-worded (not speaking two different accounts about the same matter contradicting themselves and consequently contradicting God’s Word),
  • not having-attention to much wine (not holding or turning their minds, thoughts and attention towards/for the purpose of having a lot of alcohol),
  • not shameful-gain (not for gain that is shameful, indecent profit, ugly benefit, deformed advantage),
    • having the mystery of the belief in a clean conscience (holding the secret pertaining-to the faith, the belief/faith that God has given us to believe, in a conscience that is free from any bad foreign mixture)….

The word “conscience” refers to all of a person’s knowing-awareness, the perception of what is right which a person has put together for himself in his mind as a result of all that he has already been taught and learned in relation to the one whom he recognizes as his ruler, the one who has authority - ultimately this authority should be the only true God. Here Paul talks about having/holding the mystery of the belief in a clean conscience.

Further on in I Timothy chapter 3 we read:

Verses 14-16:
.14These-things I write to you, hoping to go towards you in quickness .15but if-ever I may be-slow, in order that you may know how it is necessary to behave in (the) house of God which is (the) church of (the) living God, (the) pillar and seat of the truth, .16and agreeably great is the mystery of the reverence which was manifested in flesh, was made-righteous in spirit, was seen by angels, was heralded among Gentiles, was believed in (the) world, was taken-up in glory.

Paul explains to Timothy that it is necessary for holy-people to behave themselves...

  • within the house of God (God’s dwelling, among His household)
  • which is the church of the living God (the assembly of God Who is alive, the living God’s church),
    • the pillar and seating of the truth (it is the column, firm-support, and it is the stationary location of the essential reality – this is the spiritual state and standing of God’s house, the church where God Who is alive lives),
  • and agreeably great is the mystery of the reverence (the secret pertaining-to the good service, service that is well; agreeably large in magnitude, importance, etc, is the mystery of being respectfully reverential of/towards God)
  • which (mystery, secret of the reverence)
    • was manifested in flesh (it has already been caused to be evidenced, brought to light, shown-forth within/among the sphere of flesh – via Christ Jesus),
    • was made-righteous in spirit (it has already been justified within/among the sphere or realm of spirit – via Christ Jesus),
    • was seen by angels (it has already been presented to be perceived and known by angels – via Christ Jesus),
    • was heralded among Gentiles (it has already been proclaimed in, within, among people belonging to nations other-than Israel, the other ethnic groups – via Christ Jesus),
    • was believed in the world (it has already been trusted within/among the ordered-arrangement that God created, those within the world have already had faith in it – via Christ Jesus),
    • was taken-up in glory (it has already been received upwards within/among importance, splendor, renown – via Christ Jesus).

The mystery of the belief (verse 9) and the mystery of the reverence (verse 16) join together – how? – in Christ Jesus. We can see that what God says comes to pass, and He has made known what He has made known. It has been understood and still can be understood by us who live today being limbs of the one spiritual body of Christ which is the church. We holy-people have the spirit of Christ in us and all that he has accomplished we have accomplished in the spirit category. Presently we can believe as Christ Jesus believes, and we can behave in reverence as he behaves in reverence of/towards God Who is his Father and our Father.

All holy-people (true Christians who have received the gift of holy spirit) are in God's house, we are the church of the living God, and we are waiting to be taken-up in glory by our Lord Jesus Christ when he comes to gather us all together with him in the air.

I Corinthians 13:2:
.2and if-ever I may have prophecy and I may have known2 all the mysteries and all the knowledge, and if-ever I may have all the belief so-as to change-the-standing-place-of mountains but I may not have love1, I am nothing; 

Paul writes: If it should ever happen that…

  • I would have prophecy (receive God’s words via my holy spirit-life to speak-forth to, before, or in front of another person or people concerning the past, present and/or future)
  • and I would know (perceive, see to the end of perceiving and knowing with my mind)
    • all the mysteries (every one of God’s secrets)
    • and all the knowledge (God’s personal knowledge of/about someone or something, having information concerning every specific situation or circumstance),

…and if it should ever happen that…

  • I would have all the belief (God's belief, the information that God gives me to believe, to have confidence-in with assured certainty and surety, what He gives me to trust, to have faith-in concerning every specific situation or circumstance)
    • with the consequence and result that I would be able to change the standing place of mountains (remove them from their current position, change their location, transfer them from one place to another)
  • but if I would not have Godly-love while I am doing this
    • then I am nothing (my behavior being a functioning limb in the one spiritual body of Christ is nothing of substance, not one thing deserving of reward as a result, nothing to be looked-upon by others as an example to follow)....

Further details regarding this passage is provided in the article Love in I Corinthians chapter 13.

I Corinthians 14:2:
.2for the (person) uttering-forth with a tongue does not utter-forth to men but to God, for not-one-person hears (with understanding) but he utters-forth mysteries with spirit,

Paul writes: In truth, the holy-person who is uttering-forth with a tongue (speaking in a language given to the speaker by the gift of holy spirit within him/her; refer to I Corinthians 12:10)...

  • does not utter-forth to men (is not speaking to/with/for any of mankind)
  • but on the contrary, the holy-person who is uttering-forth with a tongue (the speaker)
    • utters-forth to God (is speaking to/with/for the only true God),
  • for none of the holy-people who utters-forth with a tongue
    • hears with understanding (the one speaking physically hears the sound of the words when speaking but does not hear to the end of being informed of something because he/she cannot understand those words and so cannot learn in the physical mind by hearing himself/herself speak them),
  • but the holy-person is uttering-forth (speaking)
    • mysteries with spirit (secrets via the gift of holy spirit because the words are not known or understood by the speaker).

In this context, the words spoken with tongues are a mystery to the speaker – but these words are not a mystery to God Himself and the gift of holy spirit, which is the spirit of Christ within the speaker.

I Corinthians 4:1 and 2:
4:1Thus a man must calculate us as assistants of Christ and stewards of (the) mysteries of God; .2here from-now-on you must seek-after among the stewards in order that someone may be found believing.

Paul writes: In this manner any man (human-being) who is a holy-person must calculate us (reckon, count, compute logically regarding myself and Apollos) as:

  • assistants of Christ (Christ's attendants serving in subservience to him; the word “assistants” literally means: under-rowers, ordinary sailors on a ship who are in subordination and act/serve under the immediate direction of their captain)
  • and stewards of God's mysteries (house-managers or administrators of God's household-matters pertaining to God’s purposes, plans, actions, etc, that He kept secret).

Here from now on (in this category regarding the rest, pertaining to the time remaining, henceforth)…

  • you must seek-after among the stewards (look for among the stewards, those whom you consider, or those who consider themselves, to be stewards)
    • for the purpose and result that
      • someone (any one) among these stewards would be found believing (adjectively described as being faithful, having active belief/faith, trusting what God and the Lord Jesus Christ have given them to believe).

The criteria for a person to be an assistant of Christ and a steward of God's mysteries is that he/she believes what God and the Lord Jesus Christ say and then he/she carries it out accordingly. If someone would claim to be an assistant of Christ and steward of the mysteries of God but does not believe and act accordingly, then this person is not a steward – and consequently this person is not to be believed.

Paul is continuing to teach that it is God and the things of God that are important, that God and the Lord Jesus Christ are whom they ought to believe and obey - no matter which assistant of Christ and steward of God's mysteries has the function of assisting and stewarding among them.

Ephesians 1:7-10:
.7in whom [Christ] we have the full-redemption by means of his blood, the dismissal of the falling-asides, according to the wealth of His grace .8of-which He exceeded into us in all wisdom and thoughtfulness, .9having made-known to us the mystery of His intention according to His good-consideration which He purposed in him .10into (the) stewardship of the fullness of the times to head-up all-things in Christ, the-things on the heavens and the-things on the earth in him,

In Christ we have the full-redemption by means of his blood, the dismissal of the falling-asides, in accordance with…

  • the wealth of God's grace (the richness of His unmerited or undeserved favor)
  • of-which grace God exceeded (abounded)
  • into us holy-people
    • in all/every wisdom (the skillful or expert application of God's personal knowledge, what to do as the most appropriate action concerning a specific situation or circumstance, even when complete knowledge of it may not be known by the recipient)
    • and thoughtfulness (the thinking in the mind, the sensible and intellectual thoughts regarding what He intended to do)

...when God made personally known to us the mystery (secret) of His intention (will) in accordance with His good-consideration which God purposed (proposed) in Christ...

  • into the stewardship (with a view to the duty of house-management, the administration of God's household-matters)
    • of the fullness of the times (the full-contents, fulfillment of the specific-times)
      • to head-up all-things in the Christ (to sum all-things up together under one who tops them all within the sphere of action of the Christ)

...and these "all-things" are those which are…

  • super-positioned resting or based upon the heavens (literally referring to the areas above the earth, figuratively referring to God's spirit realm)
  • and present upon and proceed-from the earth (literally referring to the area of earth, figuratively referring to the dignity and power of those on earth),
    • all of which are continuing within Christ.

All the-things on the heavens and the-things on the earth which are in Christ will be headed-up in him (this excludes the people and spirits who oppose Christ, who are anti-Christ).

I Corinthians 15:50-54:
.50But this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood are not able to inherit (the) kingdom of God, neither does corruption inherit incorruption. .51Look! I say a mystery to you – we will not all be caused-to-sleep but we will all be changed: .52in an atom, in a sinking of an eye, in the last trumpet, for it will trumpet and the dead-people will be raised-up incorruptible and we will be changed; .53for it is necessary (for) this corruptible-thing to clothe-itself-with incorruption, and this mortal-thing to clothe-itself-with immortality, .54but whenever this mortal-thing may clothe-itself-with immortality then the word, the (word) having been written2, will come-to-pass, "Death was swallowed into victory."

In this record Paul continues to help the Corinthian holy-people to know and understand their hope, which includes death, resurrection, life, etc. He writes in verse 51:

  • Look (behold, see, pay attention)!,
  • I say a mystery to you (a secret) –
    • we (holy-people who are still physically alive)
      • will not all be caused to sleep (referring to death – all of us who are living will not be put to sleep, we won’t all die in the future when Christ comes to gather us together with him – we will not all have to die first before we can receive our new spiritual bodies)
    • but we (who will be alive when Christ will come to gather us)
      • will all be changed (will be caused to alter, one thing will be changed for another):

…and next is a detailed explanation…

  • in (during) the length of time as small as an atom (the tiniest instant which is not cut or dissected),
  • in (during) the length of time it takes for half a wink or blink of an eye when the eyelid falls downwards to close before it lifts-up to open again,
  • in (during) the last trumpet (the extreme or final time when the trumpet makes its sound for holy-people to be gathered together with the Lord Jesus Christ),

…in truth, there is no doubt but that the trumpet of God will make its trumpet sound (the trumpet will be blown at that future time) and…

  • the dead-people (the holy-people who will be dead at that time, who will have previously died)
    • will be raised-up (caused to rise from sleep, will be awoken)
    • incorruptible (being incapable of decay, not corrupt, in the state of incorruption),
  • and emphatically we (we ourselves, the holy-people who will be alive at that future time)
    • will be changed directly to having our new spiritual bodies without dying in-between (we will be altered from having fleshy bodies with its soul/breath-life to having spiritual bodies with its holy spirit-life);

…in truth, it is necessary for…

  • this corruptible-thing (being capable of decay, corrupt, in the state of corruption)
    • to clothe itself with (to put-on as a garment by going inside of it, envelop itself with)
      • incorruption (un-decay, the state of being incorrupt).

The dead holy-people cannot be raised-up in the same physical bodies which they had before they died because that kind of body was corruptible. Corruption does not inherit incorruption – therefore the dead holy-people must be caused to stand-up (be resurrected) in an incorruptible state by receiving their new spiritual bodies, like the one that the Lord Jesus Christ has already received.

  • Also, it is necessary for this mortal-thing (living in the physical/natural category but is liable to death)
    • to clothe itself with (to put-on as going inside of a garment which is given to it, envelop itself with)
      • immortality (the state of not being liable to death, deathlessness, never to die again).

The living holy-people cannot be gathered together with Christ in the physical bodies that we now live in, because flesh and blood are not able to inherit the kingdom of God. Mortality does not inherit immortality. Therefore the living holy-people must be changed directly into having their new spiritual bodies which will be immortal, like the one that the Lord Jesus Christ has already received.

But at whatever future time (the occurrence of Christ gathering the church of holy-people together with him)…

  • when this mortal-thing (referring to living holy-people)
    • will clothe itself with immortality (change directly into having our spiritual bodies without first having to die) –
  • then at that specific time the word (the spoken-account containing individual words constituting what is spoken – the spoken account of God’s inner thoughts),
    • emphatically and specifically the word that was written and continues written (God previously revealed the following to mankind as part of the old covenant writings)
  • will come to pass (it will come into being, happen, occur),
    • “Death (the end of life, the point of dying, being without life, no life)
    • was swallowed (as drinking down a drink, overwhelming it, as the sea engulfing people causing them to be drowned, or as a lion swallowing its prey quickly)
      • into victory (resulting in conquest).”

It is worth noting here that people who die (dead-people) remain dead until the time of their resurrection. Dead-people are dead (they are not alive in any form) until they are resurrected from being dead. At that point they will be judged and they will either receive eternal life or their second/final death being completely destroyed.

Today – while all holy-people await the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to gather us all together with him in the air away from the earth – the only human-being who has already been raised up by God and given a new spiritual body, and will never die again, is the Lord Jesus Christ. Also refer to the article Hope and Resurrection.

Ephesians 6:18-20:
.18by means of all prayer and supplication praying in every time in spirit; and with-a-view-to (this) same-thing being sleepless in all strongness-towards and supplication concerning all the holy-people, .19and on behalf of me in order that a word may be given to me in (the) opening of my mouth in boldness to make-known the mystery of the good-message .20on behalf of which I function-as-an-elder in a chain in order that I may boldly-speak it as it is necessary for me to utter-forth.

In this record Paul is in the process of describing the armor that God has made available to holy-people. In verse 18 he writes about prayer and supplication. In verse 19 Paul refers to the mystery when asking the Ephesian holy-people to pray:

  • also on my behalf (in my interests)
  • specifically for the purpose and result that
  • a word (a spoken-account of the inner-thoughts of God)
  • would be given to me in the opening of my mouth (when I have my mouth opened ready to speak)
    • within boldness (freedom, frankness and openness of speech)
  • to make personally-known the mystery of the good-message (the secret of the gospel, evangel, refer to Ephesians 3:1-12)
    • on behalf of which (in the interests of which)
    • I function as an elder (referring to having more knowledge, wisdom, dignity, etc, regarding the mystery of the good-message, being an elder in service, not the literal meaning of being older in age than other people)
    • while chained,
  • for the purpose and result that
    • I would boldly-speak it (be bold or frank and say it freely, openly)
    • as it is necessary for me to utter-forth (as I ought to speak).

Paul had been given the assignment, responsibility, and authority by God and the Lord Jesus Christ to do what he was doing as he traveled being an elder within the church, and thus he negotiated as an ambassador among all people (not only among the holy-people who had already received the gift of holy spirit having previously believed the good-message, but also among those who had not yet heard and believed the good-message).

Colossians 4:2-4:
.2You must be strong with prayer wakefully-watching in it in thankfulness, .3unitedly also praying concerning us in order that God may open to us a door of the word to utter-forth the mystery of the Christ, because-of which also I was bound2, .4in order that I may manifest it as it is necessary (for) me to utter-forth.

In this record Paul also refers to prayer and speaking about the mystery. He writes: You (all of you holy-people) must be strong with prayer (persevere, continue with constant attendance towards your communication to/with God, your general speaking towards/with God). This does not refer to the rambling-on of words which are repeated over and over and over again and the mind is thinking of what's on television, or who won last-night's football game, etc.

You must be strong with prayer…

  • wakefully watching in it (being watchful, keeping awake in/within/during prayer, as having your eyes open, being spiritually alert and sensitive to what God wants you to know and do)
  • in thankfulness (within the expression of gratitude for the grace you have already received),
    • unitedly (in union together at the same time)
    • also you must be praying concerning us
  • for the purpose and result that
  • God would open (cause to stand open)
  • to/for us
  • a door of the word (referring to access, opportunity, admission pertaining to the spoken-account, a door pertaining to the word)
    • to utter-forth (speak)
    • the mystery of the Christ (the secret of the Anointed-one; refer to Colossians 1:26-2:3)
      • – on account of which mystery also I was bound and am still bound (tied, fastened) –
    • for the purpose and result that
    • I would manifest it (evidence it, bring it to light, show it forth)
      • as it is necessary for me to utter-forth (it is binding, I ought to speak the mystery to others).

Paul and Timothy recognized that they needed God's help to open a door of the word so that they could speak the mystery of the Christ, which Paul has been teaching about in this letter. They wanted to do things God's way and allow Him to open a door - they were not going to do things their own way and force their way into certain areas without God's permission, etc.

Paul says that it is on account of the mystery pertaining to Christ that he remains physically bound in prison. He had been imprisoned by people who did not want him speaking and making known the secret that God had revealed to him regarding Christ. Paul was in prison while he was receiving the revelation writing this letter to the Colossian holy-people. He did not allow his physical environment to disturb his mind and thinking, or his prayers.

II Thessalonians 2:7 and 8(a):
.7for the mystery of the lawlessness is already caused-to-in-work only until the (one) now holding-down may become out-from (the) midst .8(a)and then the lawless-one will be revealed – 

Paul writes to the Thessalonian holy-people:

  • In truth, the mystery of the lawlessness (the secret pertaining-to and consisting-of the state of being without God's law; of being in violation-of, non-observance or transgression of the law of God which is God's Word)
    • is by this time caused to in-work (it is being worked within, made to produce effects by being in work, it is energized)
  • but this is happening secretly only until (continuing for a period of time but will end when)
    • the one who is at this moment holding-down will become out-from the midst
  • and then (at that time but not before then)
  • the lawless-one (the one in whom the fullness of this lawlessness will reside)
    • will be revealed (unveiled, uncovered, exposed).

The secrecy of satan's in-working or energizing will only continue until the time that the one who is presently holding it down, suppressing or restraining the devil, will become out-from being in their midst! It is only then, at that time, that the lawless-one will be revealed. The devil will no longer have to secretly in-work or energize his unholy spirit power - but this "freedom" of his will only last for a limited period of time during the wrath.

What is it that is suppressing "the man of the lawlessness, the son of the destruction" at the present time?

Answer:

The fact that the event referred to as the "departure" in II Thessalonians 2:3 has not happened yet and thus all holy-people with holy spirit within us are still here on earth (refer to also Paul's first letter of I Thessalonians 4:13-17 and the article Hope and Resurrection).

Who is the one who is presently exercising his authoritative-power so-that the lawless-one cannot be revealed until he becomes out-from the midst?

Answer:

The Lord Jesus Christ.

The truth that holy-people (Christians) were in Paul's time and are still today on earth, was and is the reason why the lawless-one was held-down during Paul's time and today. We holy-people have holy spirit within us; it is the spirit of Christ in us (refer to Colossians 1:27), so that the devil and his host of devil-spirits cannot fully-attempt to take-over the world and those in the world until we are gathered-together with our Lord Jesus Christ (refer to I Corinthians 2:8 and 15:50-58).

The full details of the usages of the Greek word musterion are detailed in the True Bible Study books:

  • Matthew 13:11
  • Romans 11:25
  • Romans 16:25
  • I Corinthians 2:1 and 7
  • I Corinthians 4:1
  • I Corinthians 13:2
  • I Corinthians 14:2
  • I Corinthians 15:51
  • Ephesians 1:9
  • Ephesians 3:3, 4, and 9
  • Ephesians 5:32
  • Ephesians 6:19
  • Colossians 1:26 and 27
  • Colossians 2:2
  • Colossians 4:3
  • II Thessalonians 2:7
  • I Timothy 3:9 and 16
  • Revelation 1:20
  • Revelation 10:7
  • Revelation 17:5 and 7

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