Christ: The Mystery Of God Revealed
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The Hidden Mystery
The New Testament describes some of the actions of God as a mystery hidden from the world, both heaven and earth. The question is what is the mystery and why He had to hide it and who was it hidden from? As we discuss what we know so far, I want to remind you that it is still a mystery. And, I am not a theologian.

Who: Principalities And Powers
These are ruling bodies in the spiritual realm, both good and evil. Romans 8: 38 says that not even these could separate us from the love of God. Therefore, God must have been defending us against a whole host of good and bad people.

  1. Forces of Good. He demonstrated the wisdom of His plans to them by the church.
    so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and authorities in heavenly places. (Ephesians 3: 10)

    Heavenly Watchers. We are a spectacle to those in heaven. God has us on display. All for the love of God! The thought is simply too awesome!
    For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
    To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated and are homeless.
    (1 Corinthians 4: 9, 11).

    Angels. They are also learning about Christ and the plan of salvation.
    As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries; seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels desire to look. (1 Peter 1: 10-12)

    These good forces had a part in the plan.
  2. Forces of Evil. For we do not struggle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6: 12)
  3. Christ Triumphed. Christ beat all these heavenly forces and became their head. He will abolish these evil powers after He has eliminated death. (1 Corinthians 15: 24-26)
    Triumph! and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority.
    When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.
    (Colossians 2: 10, 15)

What: The Contents Of The Mystery?
From various passages in the New Testament we learn that the mystery involves at least these things:

Why: The Mystery?
These are some of the possible reasons why it was kept a secret.

Corruption Of The Message
I researched what was known in the past by looking at some of the claims to similarity in the Judeo-Christian faiths with the heathen belief. I made no assumption about their accuracy. The information was written by someone who obviously hates Christianity and who was determined to prove that Christianity is a myth based on borrowed legends derived from heathen religious symbols.
We know that parts of this plan were known before the world was created. (Revelation 13: 8) Therefore, their presence in heathen mythology is not a surprise. Lucifer also knew the details because this is the ransom for the world that they orchestrated. This barbarism by torture is their brain child.

Satan took these symbols and reproduced them in many cultures so that he could "muddy the waters" and leave us guessing which of these mythological figures, true or false, is the real Messiah. Then they blamed God for these ideas.
Fortunately, only Christ survives to influence the majority of the world. All others are mere memories.

We can look at the Bible stories to see what was not kept secret and to find the origin of many symbols.

Satan: No Original Thought
We know that Satan copies everything from God, not just to corrupt the message of God, but to have the Glory of God. He is trying to get the throne of God, but his little brain cannot conceive of any glory that is greater than what he had experienced in heaven. Therefore you will find that he either copies or corrupts information from heaven such as the following:

Righteousness By Faith
Righteousness by faith appears to be the mystery. If you examine all heathen faiths you may find that Satan copied the characteristics of the savior so that the history of the world will be littered with false saviors from which the world could choose. However, they all have one common characteristic, that is righteousness by works.

So how was faith hidden from the good people of heaven? Is their righteousness also of works? No, everything is based on love. Faith is a mysterious concept to them because they have evidence of God and constant access to Him. They simply thought that if we got to know and love God that we would obey. So the angels introduced or supported a plan based on education in the law.

... for if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would have indeed been based on law. (Galatians 3: 21)
It is that simple for them because they love God so deeply. But our hearts are hard and desperately wicked and cannot be understood by good people.

With their life based on evidence of God, the element of faith was not easily recognized. But it took faith on their part to trust God and not go on the side of Satan.

So ultimately, love requires trust when times are hard. Hard times were foreign to them. So faith was a mystery to them. But most humans have no direct evidence of God, only constant hardships and disappointment and temptation. It takes real trust and patience to wait for God. The angels will never experience faith at this level.

On the other hand Satan simply wants to get rid of the law. It appears that God tricked Satan into believing that the Gentiles could not be saved unless they came to literal Israel and joined themselves to literal Israel. Satan did not know that faith would join the two branches of the true Israel. Therefore, he spent all his time trying to corrupt the Hebrews until God seemed to reject them and they rejected God.

However, the false mutual rejection was a part of His plan to include the Gentiles. How? This is where I must speculate that the principalities and powers in heaven must have thought that the children of earth could accept God the same way that they did. By knowing the law through love, teaching, example, habit and practice. Well, God tried their experiment with Israel and it failed. Our hearts naturally have no love for God. We needed a surgeon first, not a teacher. After the surgery then we can be taught.

Christ was the only success story.
He did it by becoming one of us. He could represent us on all levels. Therefore, the good powers in heaven could no longer promote a simple solution to the problem of sin. Their beloved God was in jeopardy. Therefore, the righteous powers in heaven used His plans. And this plan settled some important issues.

This plan involved the following.

Partial Birth Adoption
This plan of God causes us to be born again through Him so that we can become the sons of God. But because we are not physically born from Him, He adopts us as His sons also. So in two ways, by spiritual birth and physical adoption we are His children.

Study to show yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2: 15 Time: 30 minutes
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