June 4, 2022

Pastor Dwane Shares:

THE GREAT MYSTERY

The Bible is full of great surprises! This week I’ve been intrigued with the phrase “the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations but has now been manifested to His saints.” It shows up in the prison epistles and in other places. Jesus introduced this concept to the disciples. John 17:21 “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me but the truth becomes central when God put the emphasis on reaching Gentles with the gospel.

In OT times, God chose Israel to be His unique people, but as we see revelation unfolding, in Acts 2 God opened the door to everyone who would receive Jesus as the Messiah.  And in Acts 10, God sent Peter to the Gentile home of Cornelius. Later we see Paul concentrating on reaching Gentiles {Rom 15:16 Paul called as the Apostle to the Gentiles}

The mystery is not that Gentiles would be saved, but how would we become equal heirs with Jews to all be one in Christ.  Gal 3:28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

 Now the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations has been manifested to His saints.” The Mystery is that those who were once far away are now brought near by the blood of Christ. EPH 2:13-16  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.

Sunday I’ll reveal more on this great mystery.  From a practical view, we’ll see two great current day advantages to this mystery.  (1) no one is beyond God’s ability to rescue, Heb 7:25; {God is not willing that any should perish} and (2) no believer is beyond recovery, Eph 3:19, 20 {there is forgiveness & recovery to all who come to God in repentance}

I hope you’ll plan to be with us on Sunday.