contrasts, the disobedience of Adam and the OBEDIENCE of Christ and the There is no doubt that certain things of the Old Testament scriptures were made much clearer in the writings of the New and when we consider elements of Paul's gospel, given him by direct instruction from the Lord, we see â¦ He is next So, the answer to #1 would be, no, this particular mystery of Christ, the second Adam, was something veiled from their understanding until Paul revealed its meaning in his Acts letters, particularly Romans where Paul uses its power to stablish his hearers (with "spiritual gifts," Rom. John's? That is the radical promise. New Hope for Gentiles that thought they lost their hope! But these references to parts of the mystery are not to be regarded as distinct and separate mysteries. Was Israel already set aside in 1 Thessalonians 2:16 because their sins were filled up and "wrath is come upon them to the uttermost"? I know what happened because Jesus himself appeared to me and told me. We have seen that the Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the Romans from Corinth. to the Gentiles, that they should 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." Here Paul is unfolding to us the heart of his gospel. There Jesus declared the uniqueness of his position. What are the spirits of just men made perfect in Hebrews 12? This enables us to do two things: To deny our natural abilities and strengths, and to rely wholly on Jesus' ability and strength -- and thus to live our lives today as though Jesus himself was living them. In the whole realm of theology there is no one like Jesus Christ. Amen. Spirit. was so and revealed that truth to Paul. Because the mystery is not being proclaimed. resulting consequences. 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. 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¦ And so Paul closes with a great doxology, --to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! '", ...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). 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. 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. made alive. Romans 16:25 Context 22 I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord. Christ is the central figure of all history, of all time, of all faith. There are thousands of places in this land today where people are meeting, as we are, in Christian churches. were made much clearer in the writings of the New and when we consider elements For We thus realize that 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, There is the promise of the restoration of Israel. That indicates that there are scriptures that at least hint at this particular mystery. (Romans 16:27 NIV). which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews. and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and. (There is widespread scholarly opinion that Paul did not write these verses; however, the person who did and the editor who placed them near the end of the letter [commentaries cite the various placements of the doxology] clearly presumed that â¦ Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 16:25-27" First of all, the huge volume of the Law Amen. Ephesians Mystery. This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise of Christ Jesus. What a program! That is what has been going on for 2,000 years of human history: a partial blindness in Israel. 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 typology; the foreshadowing of Messiah contained in him. RayStedman.org/permissions. 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. His strength, his power, operating through the channel of our gifts, can accomplish what we could never do by ourselves. 3:16, 29; Roms. Romans 16:25-27 25 Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, 26 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 himâ 27 to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! 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. That is not what Paul means. Did parable of fig tree add one year to Israels testing? That is the great good news of this letter. 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. These are the only There is a third element, the apostle says, which has been the theme throughout Romans, although it is not always called by the same terms. You and I are not given the final responsibility to bring this about. 32:8, Jos. You will notice that the goal the apostle has in view in writing this letter and summary is that we who read this letter may be established. God at work within us; that is the mystery. disobedient unto the heavenly vision: But shewed first unto them of Damascus, All the divisions of class and sex and national origin are eliminated by that secret. 1. 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. 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. It is important He is the heart of it all. If you want a place of security, it is not going to come by your reckoning on what you can do for God. That goal was to stablish them and bring forth the obedience of the faith Title Microsoft Word - 16 Romans XVI Farewell Benediction in the Gospel _Sabon_ L. Author Barry Horner Created Date 11/14/2003 5:30:25 PM 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. The Mystery Romans 16:21-27 Delivered 03/10/2013 We come this morning to our 95 th and final message of the book of Romans. Now that is part of the mystery. And whenever a Christian lives on that basis, really trusting the fact that God is in him through Jesus Christ to be his wisdom, his power, his strength; when he attempts things only on the basis of expecting God to fulfill that promise, and moves out to do things by his grace, he finds himself established. He answered that accusation in First Corinthians. none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come? Romans 16:25 KJV - 25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mysteryâ¦ What is this mystery? Amen. Do you know that mystery? 25 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, 26 but now revealed and made known # Isn't that encouraging? The distribution of the Old Testament in Paul's The heart of the mystery is given to us in the opening chapter of Colossians. through grace upon all people is contained in that blessing but the Lord knew it That is the mystery. Twice in this Acts statement, Paul re-affirms it was still Jew first as 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 All through this letter Paul has emphasized that fact again and again -- everything centers in Christ. There is the mystery. 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. 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. This reading is a prayer of praise to God. Returning to Roms. The mystery of Israelâs partial and temporary blindness is set forth in Romans 11:25. 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. This must include the mystery of Romans 16 which was written before this Did Israel blaspheme the Holy Spirit in Acts 7? If Paul was saved under the Acts Kingdom program how did he change over into the church which is his body? Christian Research Institute To provide Christians worldwide with carefully researched information and well-reasoned answers that encourage them in their faith and equip them to intelligently represent it to people Amen. Jesus himself said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. Is the church today under the "New Covenant"? 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. It ascribes glory and worth to Godâs name. God will do it. Peter's? Paul was a mighty theologian. Subject to permissions policy, all rights reserved. They are all one, as we will see. Do you know why? attempted to do so will know that Paul will combine snippets of prophesy. Answers to Arguments and Objections to Acts 28, APPEARING IN GLORY vs. SECOND COMING TO THE EARTH. of all nations and in the section void of OT references we find two great 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. He did this to protect his letters from forgery, for one thing, but also to bear a personal greeting to those to whom he was writing. Now that is a very important part of the mystery. 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. FAQ Frequently Asked Questions about Acts 28 Dispensationalism, Has “Homosexual” always been in the Bible? 24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. day and night, hope to come. What is the place of the book of Hebrews? and prophesy confirms Paul's words spoken many years previous lessons in this series go to. But here Romans 11:25-32 All Israel Will Be Saved 25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, 26 and in this way [ a ] all Israel will be saved. No man comes to the Father except by me," John 14:6). The letter to the Galatians suggests that. When we come to the Lord's Table we are reminding ourselves of this, and renewing our promise, our commitment to fulfill that mystery not only here at church, but in every situation throughout the week. What Paul means is that he was given a unique revelation of this gospel, which the others understood, as well. refer to the OT in the matter of Adam in this Very likely at this point, Paul took the pen and wrote the closing paragraph in his own hand. Some manuscripts omit it entirely. That is the idea that Paul has in mind in this word establish. But even if we do not, Paul is saying, we do not have the ultimate responsibility to bring this about. 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 [email protected], and I'll be happy to forward your copy. Do you know it, not only in your mind, but do you live it? The second thing Paul says is that it was "made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God." Here is the heart of the gospel, this amazing mystery. ROMANS 16:25. And, according to this individual, almost all of these churches are lifeless. contrast, the last Adam was made a quickening spirit or a life-giving should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the 16:25-27 we remember that the preaching of Jesus Christ Thanks for your questions.Let's take #2 first because herein lies the crux of the matter. 25Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, 26but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey himâ 27to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Paul's use of the promised seed in For foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the I think almost all scholars agree that the apostle probably suffered from a serious eye problem. to come. That is the radical, powerful secret of authentic Christianity: Christ in you, the hope of glory. why did God allow the apostle James to be killed as recorded in Acts 12? is the amazing thing, Roms. statement. You tried to establish it so that it would not rock, or become shaky, or uncertain. Are all those saved in the Acts Period then resurrected into Israel's earthly Kingdom? God did this with Moses and David and, of course, with Paul himself. God wants to bring you and me to a place where we are no longer rocking or shaky or unstable, but solid and secure. Joe, I'd like to send you two pdf's outlining Romans if you would be willing to send me an email at [email protected] you for your interest in right division of the scriptures, and particularly of Paul's letters!Deborah. 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. There is a reference to the New Testament as we have it today. That teaching has been widespread among certain men of our day, and people have followed that delusion. Having therefore obtained help of 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. The reconciliation that is offered in the gospel â¦ And now we have come to the very last paragraph of the letter. regard. Rejoicing with you in the mystery of Ephesians and Adam is mentioned 18 times from Gen. 2:19 through to 5:5. Christ should suffer. He was always lying about her because he thought that would save him from difficulty. In the New Testament, Luke mentions Adam in the Lord's genealogy. Paul does not mean by this that he has a unique gospel. 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. The idea is basically what all human beings look for -- an inner security from which you can handle all the problems of life. Why does Romans 10:9 say confession must be made with the mouth? (Answer to online article). There is the mystery. There is the mighty promise of the healing of the nations and the cessation of war. Paul is referring to the fact that God intends to unite both Jews and Gentiles into one body. I was not even a Christian then. truths not so evident originally but which are more fully expounded by The second element is "the proclamation 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? The New Testament teaches us that the flesh cannot please God. later; And now I stand and am judged for the What is the difference between Zion and Sion? In thee shall all nations be And I told you only what I received from the Lord himself." 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. 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 ), then which NT "prophetic scriptures" (besides Paul's post-Acts letters) make that particular mystery manifest? What a change happens when people really capture this and begin to operate on it. Request your FREE pdf at [email protected]! It is going to depend on how much you believe God is ready to do something through you. It is not so evident that the great truth of justification by faith I have chosen this as the central study around which we may gather as we come to the table of the Lord this morning. For permission to use this content, please review Series: From Guilt to Glory -- Experienced. blessed. Many people think they are established when actually they are simply stuck in the mud. Paul declares that this mystery is now made manifest by "the scriptures of the prophets." Jesus himself is the mystery. It does not make any difference whether you are rich or poor, slave or free, all are one in Christ Jesus by that mystery. of Paul's gospel, given him by direct instruction from the Lord, we see some 5:16 mean to Paul's Acts ministry? 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?" Theology was not the heart of Paul's gospel. There is the promise of the forgiveness of an individual's sins. This finally established him, so that no matter what came, he remained strong, steady, trusting and certain. Indeed, Romans, more than any other epistle, helps us to understand Godâs purpose and program for â¦ Hebrews? So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful 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. 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. Romans 2:16 on the day when God will judge men's secrets through Christ Jesus, as proclaimed by my gospel. Scriptures yet the Scriptures contained it; it was never hidden in God as the Abraham. You are making too much of men. * [16:25â27] This doxology is assigned variously to the end of Rom 14; 15; 16 in the manuscript tradition. And yet, in thousands and thousands of those churches, there is nothing exciting happening, nothing that reaches out and touches the community. Whether written by Paul or not, it forms an admirable conclusion to the letter at this point. He would be the one who would bring to pass all the tremendous promises and themes of the Old Testament. I don't see how the Romans 16:25 secret could have been "hidden in plain sight" (so to speak) in the O.T. mystery kept secret since the world began had a goal in view. Gentiles. Take this feature as a case in point. e-book exposes the traditional rapture! than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come. according to the revelation of the 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]. the distribution of OT quotes through Romans help us determine the mystery of I have not talked with Peter or James or John about this, and none of the men who were present there told me what happened in that room. Possible?2. Romans 11:25 English Standard Version (ESV) The Mystery of Israel's Salvation 25 Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers:  a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. God did this with Abraham, who was an idol worshiper. the creation of the one new man found in Ephesians 2? 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. chapter 16? mentioned in Deut. After the early service this morning someone told me of a town in California of about 8,000 people, where there are 22 churches. Acts 7 was it 3 strikes and you are out for Israel? Yet God broke him, softened him, changed him and put him through circumstances that Paul did not understand at the time. Here is the ultimate test of any Christian message: Does it proclaim the mystery? There is no doubt that certain things of the Old Testament scriptures other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: That (Colossians 1:24-27 NIV). He said, "Some of you are following me; some are following Apollos; some are following Cephas, and this is wrong. 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 Did believers converted under the kingdom hope of the Acts period cross over into the new hope of the mystery revealed post-Acts? 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). wonderful examples of this. So Paul wrote these marvelous words in large letters with his own hand, Verses 25-27: Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, 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 -- to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! 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. We do not understand fully what is involved here, but it seems to be necessary in the program of God. There are several references to it in the New Testament, sometimes referring to a part of it, sometimes referring to the whole. The heart of his gospel was the revelation of a Person, Jesus himself. Jesus came. Most of us think that being established means that all progress ceases. IF he's speaking of the same mystery revealed to him exclusively (or was it revealed to someone else? gospel unto Abraham. 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. Abraham could not tell the truth about his wife. Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not 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. When Paul Every moment of pressure and every demand upon us are simply opportunities to respond by realizing again the validity of the mystery. Notice the resource that the apostle counts on to make that happen: "Now to him who is able to establish you..." It is God himself who is responsible for this. 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. In that sense, there are a lot of Christians who are established. What does 2 Cor. I owe a great debt to Mid Acts for Mid Acts was the schoolmaster that led me to Acts 28! (1 Timothy 3:16 NIV). it was in Romans, but how can we escape the plain truth that Paul was saying 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, on StudyLight.org Romans 16:25-27 places Christâs birth in the broad arena of Godâs desire for humanity to live in peace. Is that a requirement for salvation? What exactly will the Remnant Inherit and When? 1:11) in the obedience of faith in hope of gaining the kingdom on earth, which is the focus of Romans.My understanding of the Acts & post-Acts divide has helped me to avoid dragging future truths from Ephesians and Colossians back into letters Paul wrote to churches that were looking for an earthly hope as promised in the OT to Israel, and which would ultimately also include Gentiles that believed (Isaiah 60:3). 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.
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