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10/20/2017

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Sitting Down With A Good Mystery


"And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times have reached their fulfillment..." (Eph.1:9-10).

I don't know if the term I used to make my title this morning is still a common one, but have you heard it before? One of the genres of fictional books over the years has been the mystery novel. We all know how it works, as a good mystery novelist takes us through a set of twisting circumstances in which we try to guess and read our way toward what the conclusion might be. Mystery is a word that is characteristic of the book of Ephesians, as it is used six (6) times in the letter. I'm actually guilty of using some "smoke and mirrors" so far, to get you interested in some mysterious aspect of the Bible that you have never heard before... A mystery in New Testament parlance is not really something concealed or mysterious at all... It is a matter unknown in the past now uncovered or revealed. "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. 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 of God's holy apostles and prophets" (Eph.3:3-5). What is the mystery? Other generations have not understood the deliberate, orderly management of human affairs as God guided them toward the carrying out of His will... As we look back, we see the design in Christ to be evident. From the perspective of the cross, the mystery has been unveiled. For the children of Israel, the inheritance was Canaan's land, but for those in Christ, it is much more wonderful. To take it one step forward, that the Gentiles should inherit the blessings of God with the Jews is the result of His orderly arrangement of unfolding events in human history... Church life where all are one body in Christ has been God's design from the beginning. So.... How did you enjoy the mystery?

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Today God Is First.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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