He was always lying about her because he thought that would save him from difficulty. Is there a reason why the "prophetic scriptures" (literal) attesting to the revealed 16:25 secret cannot be the NT era's inspired preaching and letters, including Paul's own, as further attested to as of God by signs and wonders? God did this with Moses and David and, of course, with Paul himself. to the Gentiles, that they should The apostles and prophets wrote the gospel down for us so that we might have a clear picture of who Jesus is, and what he can be in us. So in what way does The mystery of Romans 16 was kept secret, that is silent in the Scriptures yet the Scriptures contained it; it was never hidden in God as the Ephesians Mystery. There is the mystery. It is not so evident that the great truth of justification by faith according to the revelation of the Paul was a mighty theologian. The only other reference to this mystery in the letter to the Romans is found in Chapter 11, Verses 25-26: I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited [when Christians become conceited it is because they have forgotten the mystery]: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. Now to him that is of power, Î¤Ï Î´Ï Î½Î±Î¼ÎµÎ½Ï, that is able, to establish you according to my gospel â That is, in your belief of the great and important doctrines contained in it, particularly those that respect the gratuitous justification of Jews and Gentiles by faith. Is that a requirement for salvation? The apostles are the ones who tell us the truth about the gospel. Paul says two additional things about this: First, though the results of this lifestyle were experienced by men and women of God in the Old Testament, no explanation was ever given of how this happened. God wants to bring you and me to a place where we are no longer rocking or shaky or unstable, but solid and secure. revelation of God, see Gal. Therefore, the historic appearance of Jesus was required to put this victorious lifestyle in such vivid light that it could be preached and demonstrated to the nations of the world. What a plan! Paul alone writes that in Adam all die even so in Christ shall all be which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews. In all the history of the religions of the world, there is no one that is equal to him, or that can be remotely compared to him. contrasts, the disobedience of Adam and the OBEDIENCE of Christ and the Needless to say, the variance in those three sections is significant. No wonder Paul cannot Returning to Roms. For this to happen, the Jews must be partially blinded for a while, in order to allow the Gentiles to see. Now that is part of the mystery. Thanks! This is why we must study the New Testament, particularly, and the Old Testament as well, that we might understand how to live on this basis. Calvinism Was Predestined to be Proven WRONG, Catholic Church Gloats When We Use Her Bibles, Darwin’s Creation Myth by Alexander Mebane By Tom Shipley. How Can Saints Raptured in 1 Corinthians 15 be Israel When They're Resurrected to Immortal Bodies but We Know Millennial Saints Can Die in Kingdom? (1 Timothy 3:16 NIV). And, according to this individual, almost all of these churches are lifeless. But when Paul speaks of our being established, he means putting us on solid, stable ground. Many people think they are established when actually they are simply stuck in the mud. Are all those saved in the Acts Period then resurrected into Israel's earthly Kingdom? Romans 11:25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mysteryâ¦ What Paul means is that he was given a unique revelation of this gospel, which the others understood, as well. Romans 16:25-26 is saying that God desires to build us up with three elements: (1) Paulâs Gospel, (2) The preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery, and (3) The Scriptures of the prophets. I have chosen this as the central study around which we may gather as we come to the table of the Lord this morning. Maybe it has Amen. There is the promise of the restoration of Israel. What a program! regard. 4:22 through to. He said, "Some of you are following me; some are following Apollos; some are following Cephas, and this is wrong. Request your FREE pdf at firstname.lastname@example.org! "Now to him who is able to establish you..." Paul goes on to give us three things that God will use during that process: First he says, "Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel..." Now, do not misunderstand that little phrase. Unfortunately, some teachers have taken these words in that way, and have concluded that the Apostle Paul was giving a special revelation that no one else possessed -- one that Peter, James and John and other writers of Scripture did not know. He is next But when we take the bread, we are reminding ourselves that Jesus himself, the bread that came down from heaven, is available to us. The distribution of the Old Testament in Paul's He answered that accusation in First Corinthians. Therefore a gospel that leaves out Christ is a phony gospel. The New Testament teaches us that the flesh cannot please God. Paul declares that this mystery is now made manifest by "the scriptures of the prophets." Advent IV â¾ The Mystery Revealed â¾ Romans 16:25-27 1 Christ Reformed Evangelical Church of Annapolis, MD â¾ Pastor CJ Bowen â¾ 12.24.2017 I want you to think of a present under your Christmas tree. All the divisions of class and sex and national origin are eliminated by that secret. ROMANS 16:25. chapter 16? than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come. Now there are things he asks us to do: We are to understand what he is saying to us in this letter, and we are to willingly cooperate with it and give ourselves to it. To Paul alone was given the truth that Adam was a figure of Him that was The heart of the mystery is given to us in the opening chapter of Colossians. Very likely at this point, Paul took the pen and wrote the closing paragraph in his own hand. '", ...according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him -- (Romans 16:25b-26 NIV). These are the only He would be the one who would bring to pass all the tremendous promises and themes of the Old Testament. Romans 2:16 on the day when God will judge men's secrets through Christ Jesus, as proclaimed by my gospel. Will the whole remnant of Israel be protected during the Tribulation? 25 j Now to him who is able to strengthen you k according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, l according to the revelation of the mystery m that was kept secret for n long ages 26 but o has now been disclosed andp q Here is one of the clearest statements on it (Verses 24-27): Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. Colossians. To aid "the eyes of your understanding" in being enlightened, http://midactsdisp.blogspot.com/2013/03/new-series-on-two-mysteries-lesson-1.html, Frequently Asked Questions on Acts 28 Division. (Colossians 1:24-27 NIV). In the whole realm of theology there is no one like Jesus Christ. Paul's Message to Synagogues by Ivan Burgener, Saving Life of Christ by Major W. Ian Thomas, Seventh Day Adventist doctrine toppled by single scripture. made alive. Hebrews? He is the heart of it all. By means of the virgin birth of Jesus, by means of his holy, sinless life, by means of his substitutionary death upon a violent and cruel cross, by means of his startling break-out from the prison of death, and by means of the gift of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, God has given Jesus -- all that he is and all that he has -- to you and to me. There is a reference to the New Testament as we have it today. Do you know why? Romans 11:25 - For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mysteryâso that you will not be wise in your own estimationâthat a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; on Every moment of pressure and every demand upon us are simply opportunities to respond by realizing again the validity of the mystery. It's common sense to look to the OT prophetic scriptures that Paul quotes from in Romans about 70 times to underscore this point he's making in Romans 16. references to Adam in the Old Testament and not one of them expounds the What is the difference between Zion and Sion? Did parable of fig tree add one year to Israels testing? blessing given to Abraham when called to depart out of his country, namely They are all one, as we will see. blessed. When you read the Old Testament you find men and women puzzled as to how God was going to put together all its great promises and themes. In the New Testament, Luke mentions Adam in the Lord's genealogy. Yet God broke him, softened him, changed him and put him through circumstances that Paul did not understand at the time. If the kingdom was still in view when Paul wrote his Acts epistles, Is the creation of 2Cor.5:17 and the new creature of Gals.6, Looking For Mary; Finding God - new manuscript. First of all, the huge volume of the Law We do not understand fully what is involved here, but it seems to be necessary in the program of God. The letter to the Galatians suggests that. and prophesy confirms Paul's words spoken many years The Lord taught Paul the same gospel that the other apostles believed and that is what Paul means when he says, "According to my gospel..." The practical impact of that upon us is this: That the test of all true Christian messages is that they be in line with the apostolic writings. All rights reserved. RayStedman.org/permissions. For permission to use this content, please review Some manuscripts omit it entirely. Here's Brian Kelson's latest installment in his series on the mysteries of Romans 16 and Ephesians 3, but I'm also posting it here as a stand-alone piece as it has some interesting tidbits in it: For a pdf version of this 7-part series by Brian Kelson, just send your request to me at Deborah.Kuzenski@gmail.com, and I'll be happy to forward your copy. Isn't that encouraging? Here is the heart of the gospel, this amazing mystery. If you want a place of security, it is not going to come by your reckoning on what you can do for God. No man comes to the Father except by me," John 14:6). God will do it. Gen. 15:5 expounded to mean Christ and those of faith is another example of But here If you are filled with the secret, the indwelling Christ, it does not make any difference if you are a Jew or a Gentile. You tried to establish it so that it would not rock, or become shaky, or uncertain. 32:8, Jos. They are singing the same hymns we sing, and reading the same Bible, and praising God in the same way. Therefore, any gospel that minimizes Christ, or puts him on the level of other names, is a perversion of the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Have you ever erected a picnic table and tried to find a place where all four legs touched the ground at the same time? But these references to parts of the mystery are not to be regarded as distinct and separate mysteries. 5:16 mean to Paul's Acts ministry? (Answer to online article). Romans 16:25-26 NIV Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith What is the place of the book of Hebrews? You find that in Chapter 11 of First Corinthians: "For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, 'This is my body, which is for you...'" (1 Corinthians 11:23-24a). * [16:25â27] This doxology is assigned variously to the end of Rom 14; 15; 16 in the manuscript tradition. Romans 16:25-27 places Christâs birth in the broad arena of Godâs desire for humanity to live in peace. none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come? Having therefore obtained help of That indicates that there are scriptures that at least hint at this particular mystery. statement. Paul does not mean by this that he has a unique gospel. Paul tells us in Second Thessalonians that this was his custom (2 Thessalonians 3:17). Because the mystery is not being proclaimed. That aspect of the mystery is also referred to in Ephesians 3:2-6: Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. Scriptures when Paul says it "in times of the ages having been kept secret." refer to the OT in the matter of Adam in this Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you God is here described by his power, and the particular instance of it is the establishing of his people; that is, in the Gospel, as the Syriac version reads the next clause, and in the profession of it, with grace in their hearts, and in the exercise of it, and more lively and cheerful discharge of duty; ( See Gill on Romans 1:11 ); Hi, again, Joe! What is the Theme of Paul's Acts Ministry? God did this with Abraham, who was an idol worshiper. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother. You become dependable, and have a true sense of worth, so that nothing gets to you, or shakes you up, or throws you off balance. It does not make any difference whether you are rich or poor, slave or free, all are one in Christ Jesus by that mystery. This is the goal of all Christian teaching in the New Testament (and especially the goal of the letter to the Romans) that we believers might be brought to that place of security where we are not shaken by things, so that we do not lose our tempers easily, or get frustrated, angry, resentful or hostile; where we do not scream at our children, or yell at our mates, or get upset at the neighbors. Romans 16:25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, You are making too much of men. Did Israel EVER blaspheme the Holy Ghost? What exactly will the Remnant Inherit and When? 24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. His strength, his power, operating through the channel of our gifts, can accomplish what we could never do by ourselves. 1:1 and Job 31:33. disobedient unto the heavenly vision: But shewed first unto them of Damascus, hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers: Unto which. Subject to permissions policy, all rights reserved. He rebuked them for tending to divide and to follow certain leaders and teachers. That is what Paul means when he says that the mystery was "hidden for long ages past, but now revealed.". That will never work. I am sure, as the apostle wrote this, he had in mind all the instances and circumstances from the past that are given to us in the Old Testament to encourage us. All that God is, wrapped up in a Person and given to you and to me -- the only hope we have of ever discovering the glory that God intended for us as human beings: Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Romans 16:27 NIV). It is going to depend on how much you believe God is ready to do something through you. THE REVELATION WHICH HAS BEEN KEPT SECRET THE REVELATION WHICH HAS BEEN KEPT SECRET 25 Now to him who is able (Greek: dunameno âfrom dunamai ) to establish (Greek: s terixaiâ from sterizo ) you according to my Good News (Greek: euangelion ) and the preaching (Greek: kerygma ) of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery (Greek: mysterion ) â¦ There is no doubt that certain things of the Old Testament scriptures why did God allow the apostle James to be killed as recorded in Acts 12? We are going to close the service with the Lord's Table which is itself a dramatic retelling of the mystery of the gospel: When we take the cup, we are being reminded that, by the death of Jesus, God cut off all the natural abilities and strengths that we have, and rendered them worthless. God says in Romans 11:25: For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel [verse 7 says it happened to most of national Israel], until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. That goal was to stablish them and bring forth the obedience of the faith To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Ephesians Mystery. It may be demanding, it may even be scary, but I can guarantee you one thing: It will never be boring, because the mystery is at work. That is why we must always check what we hear today that claims to be Christian and see if it fits with what the apostles gave us. I don't see how the Romans 16:25 secret could have been "hidden in plain sight" (so to speak) in the O.T. 23 Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Paulâs great letter to the Romans ends with a doxology â a moment of praise. Acts 7 was it 3 strikes and you are out for Israel? Thanks for your questions.Let's take #2 first because herein lies the crux of the matter. I sometimes go to seminaries, and I am tempted to say to the young men and women studying there, "Why waste your time with these fourth-rate theologians, when you could be spending your time with the first-rate theologians: Peter, James, John and Paul." of all nations and in the section void of OT references we find two great That would seem to predate, and so preclude, God's giving of His Word to the Jews, further suggesting it was NEVER revealed before God gave it through Paul. When Paul of Paul's gospel, given him by direct instruction from the Lord, we see some The question we need to ask about any church is, "Does it ask men and women to live on the basis of that fantastic secret, which was once hidden but is now fully revealed?" Paul's use of the promised seed in Take this feature as a case in point. There is the mystery. He says, Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God's holy apostles and prophets [the New Testament apostles and prophets]. I'd love to hear from you! I think almost all scholars agree that the apostle probably suffered from a serious eye problem. Romans 16:25â27 25 a Now to Him who is able to establish you b according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of c the mystery which has been kept secret for â¦ Gentiles. Nothing is happening because they do not understand the mystery. What is this mystery? was so and revealed that truth to Paul. And so Paul closes with a great doxology, --to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! In that sense, there are a lot of Christians who are established. Amen. If the kingdom was still being offered, why did Go... 1 Corinthians 9 17 a dispensation of the gospel. wonderful examples of this. There are thousands of places in this land today where people are meeting, as we are, in Christian churches. What a change happens when people really capture this and begin to operate on it. The mystery of Romans 16 was kept secret, that is silent in the Amen. This finally established him, so that no matter what came, he remained strong, steady, trusting and certain. I also like reading mystery stories and novels, so itâs not surprising that I really liked the reading we heard from Romans 16:25-27 a few minutes ago. Possible?2. He had various character faults but God stabilized him, established him, and brought him to a place where he became one of the great names of all time. Romans 16:25-27 Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now Those remarkable words constitute a summary of the whole letter to the Romans -- a beautiful finale to this great epistle. There are several references to it in the New Testament, sometimes referring to a part of it, sometimes referring to the whole. 3:16, 29; Roms. 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