The Contents of the Mystery

Having seen the meaning, origin and recipient of the Mystery, we will now see the contents of this secret message.

The Formation of the Body of Christ

No other Bible author speaks of the “Body of Christ.” Until Paul’s reception of the revelation of The Mystery, Israel had been the instrument of God. Now a new group of individuals, called out from among the nations, are being formed as the instrument of God (I Corinthians 10:17; 12:27; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:4, 12; Romans 12:5; Colossians 1:18; 3:15). This body of individuals is made up of Jews and Gentiles (Ephesians 2:14-18; 3:6) and is God’s ecclesia (“the church” – Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:23; Colossians 1:18, 24). The Body of Christ is a totally new creation (Ephesians 2:15; Galatians 6:15; II Corinthians 5:17).

The Present Dispensation of the Grace of God

No other Bible author speaks of this dispensation (i.e., administration). This dispensation begins with Paul (Ephesians 3:2-3; Colossians 1:25). Grace has such control in this dispensation it is said to “reign” (Romans 5:21).

The Gospel of the Grace of God

No other Bible author speaks of this gospel. This wonderful gospel emphasizes and magnifies God’s grace. Paul uses the word “grace” over 100 times in his epistles (more than any other Bible author.) This gospel was provided for by the finished redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ, but it was not revealed until Paul (I Timothy 2:5-7; II Timothy 1:9-11).

The Temporary Setting Aside of Israel

The revelation of The Mystery gives the only scriptural answer to why God is not now dealing with the nation of Israel (Romans 11:11-15, 25). In the program of the “kingdom of heaven” the Gentiles were to be blessed by Israel’s rise (Isaiah 11:1, 10). Yet, according to The Mystery, the Gentiles are blessed through the fall of Israel (Romans 11:11, 12).

The One Baptism

There were “divers” (many) baptisms under God’s program for Israel (Hebrews 6:2; 9:10). By contrast, the revelation of The Mystery has only ONE baptism, which is a spiritual one (Ephesians 4:4; I Corinthians 12:13; Romans 6:3; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; I Corinthians 1:17).

The Heavenly Position of the Body of Christ

Whereas Israel’s hope was an earthly one, The Mystery reveals a heavenly hope for the believers in this dispensation (Ephesians 1:3; 2:6; Philippians 3:20; Colossians 3:1-3).

The Complete, Absolute and Total Forgiveness of Sins

The Mystery reveals that all sins have been forgiven entirely, thoroughly, perfectly and finally (Colossians 2:13; Ephesians 1:7; Acts 13:38-39; Titus 2:14).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook

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