“Why Weepest Thou” Artist: Simon Dewey
The word “mystery” occurs 22 times in the King James Bible.
- Mark 4:11
- Romans 11:25
- Romans 16:25
- 1 Co 2:7-8
- 1 Co 15:51
- Ephesians 1:9-10
- Ephesians 3:3, 3:4, and 3:9
- Ephesians 5:32
- Ephesians 6:19
- Colossians 1:26, and 1:27
- Colossians 2:2 and 4:3
- 2Th 2:7
- 1 Ti 3:9 and 3:16
- Rev 1:20
- Rev 10:7, 17:5, and 17:7
The word “reveal” appears seven times in the KJV, twice spoken by Christ Himself, and it is those two passages that are crucial:
Daniel 2:47 states that God is “God of gods, Lord of Kings, and revealer of secrets“, and 2 Cor. 4:3 says “If our gospel be hid, it be hid from them that are lost”.
Psalm 91 says that “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty”. What is this “secret place”? We don’t know if this Psalm was written by Moses, or David, but either way, it was written in the Old Testament era. The perpetual sin of Israel was that they repeatedly fell to the worship of idols. Idols were kept in the “High Places”, either raised on a platform, or shrines built at high elevations, or even worship of the stars. The One True God, is the Most High, and the locations of the pagan idols was not the issue, it was the worshipping of them, that God took issue with. Therefore I tend to think that the “secret place” really is the act of Worshipping God. Well, what does it mean to worship God?
A primitive root; to depress, that is, prostrate (especially reflexively in homage to royalty or God): – bow (self) down, crouch, fall down (flat), humbly beseech, do (make) obeisance, do reverence, make to stoop, worship.
Hebrews 12:25-26 gives us another aspect:
Wherefore we, receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve G3000 God acceptably with reverence and with Godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.
From λάτρις latris (a hired menial); to minister (to God), that is, render religious homage: – serve, do the service, worship (-per).
The entire “Time of the Gentiles” was a hidden mystery back in the Old Testament and the closest thing to a hint back then, was in Chapter 12 of Daniel when Daniel expressed his lack of understanding, and God let him know there were things that would only be revealed in the time of the end. The New Testament is all about this Mystery! (A new covenant)!
The mystery (of Ephesians 3:5-6) concerning the “time of the Gentiles” (the age the apostles lived in, and up to this very time until the rapture takes place) is seven-fold or one could say, it has seven facets or aspects:
The mystery of…
- The incarnation
- The gospel (death, burial and resurrection of Christ)
- Christ and His Church
- The indwelling Christ
- The mystery of both Jews and Gentiles incorporated into one body and on equal footing before God (unity of faith)
- The mystery of the Kingdom of Heaven
- The mystery of the rapture
The mystery of Ephesians 3:6, and Romans 11:25 is the “unity of faith” that the Gentiles are now to be joint-heirs of the heavenly inheritance of which they have no right by birth, having broken down the “middle wall of separation” and made “both one” body.
Romans 4:11 speaks of the Mystery of the Kingdom of God The phrase “Kingdom of God”, however, appears 68 times in ten different books of the New Testament, while it’s synonym “Kingdom of Heaven” appears 32 times and only in Matthew. In Matthew 19:23, Jesus Himself uses the two phrases interchangeably.
The Romans 16:25, and 1 Corinthians 2:7, Ephesians 6 passages refer to the Mystery of the Gospel, God’s redemptive plan by the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, was not clearly revealed until after the church was established. This was because the devil would not have had his servants crucify Christ, if Satan had understood this secret plan. In keeping these things a mystery, God definitely used for good, what Satan meant for evil. Once the death, burial and resurrection were done, the Apostles then had the task of telling others, the significance and purpose of those things now revealed. I Ti 3:9 specifically addresses the obligation of the deacon to preserve the purity and truth of the gospel.
1 Corinthians 15:51 and 2Thes 2:11 refer, of course, to the Mystery of the Rapture, although 2Thes 2:11 also refers to the preservative quality of the indwelling of Christ (via the Holy Spirit).
The Ephesians 3 and Ephesians 5 passages refer to the Mystery of Christ and the Church, the totality of the mystery, the means by which God will call out a people for His name, and Paul clearly says in 3:10 that in preaching about this mystery of Christ and the Church, the principalities and powers themselves, were only just learning of God’s wonderful plan!!! Can you imagine? Revelation 1:20 pictures Christ and the body together at last in Heaven!
Colossians 1:26, and 4:3 and 1Ti 3:16 refer to the Mystery of the Incarnation
(The remaining Revelation passages refer to the mystery of the Harlot Church, Mystery Babylon, and her relationship with the Beast!)
So, the secret place is that place of humble submission, in service to, reverence of, and beseeching of the One True God. In order to abide in the “secret place” you have to first understand the mystery of the Gospel. Once you understand the mystery of the Gospel, and are abiding in the “secret place”, then you will be in a position to understand all of the other aspects of “the mystery”.
Isn’t it amazing to realize we are living in this period of time?; that God revealed these things in His own good timing, which, though the prophets of old spoke of them, they had little to no understanding or comprehension of the scope and magnitude! That salvation would be extended to the Gentiles was not a mystery. (Genesis 12:3 told us that all families of the Earth would be blessed through Abraham). The mystery was that Jew and Gentile together would be incorporated into one body in Christ, and built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit!