The Unfolded Mystery
ZADOK PUBLICATIONS - DR. C. R. OLIVER
December 1, 2015
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ZADOK PUBLICATIONS MONTHLY NEWSLETTERIntroduction:
December 1, 2015
The Unfolded Mystery
For centuries, the great mystery of God's plan was scattered throughout His Word in the form of prophetic messages and somewhat cryptic images. Beginning in Genesis with the crushing of the serpents head under the heel of the promised One was one of the first. Even the bread and wine with Abraham's offering of the tithe to Melchizedek and his obedience to sacrifice his only son in dramatic form were likened to Jesus being sacrificed for the sins of the world. These were glimpses into a great mystery.
Myriad glimpses into the eternal purpose of man's redemption, before the foundation of the earth, can be seen in all the prophets' works. However, piece meal as it was, the mystery was filtered through the hearts and minds of the righteous in part. They caught glimpses of this or that idea in faith, until they could see the total picture.
This was how the "secret of the Lord" continued to be secret. When Paul and the gospel writers sought to translate the meaning, they used the word "mystery." Yes, the plan of God was a mystery to the theologs of Scribes and Pharisees, but clear to some of the most simplistic believers.
Open the scene of the season of the year, our celebration of the birth of Jesus. To those who viewed the sacred birth, heralded by angels and shepherds and star driven wise men, it was an unfolding of the mystery of God. Faithful Simeon and Anna finally understood what had been planned for ages. The mystery was solved in the birth of the Messiah. This event was the "coming together" of the scriptural portrait painted over time…it was the "fullness of time."
It, also, was the fruition of what God promised. The psalmist David said,
A similar word was echoed in the wisdom of Solomon, the intellectual par excellence.Psalms 25:14
Amos said it this way:Proverb 3:32 His secret counsel is with the upright.
Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
When the Greek translators defined this "secret," they alluded to a secret pact understood only by those initiated into the sacred rites. The pact was administered by those who had private knowledge. (Oh, the ways of the Lord are truly past finding out.)(Hebrew Texts define "secret" as OT:5475 cowd (sode); from OT:3245; a session, i.e. company of persons (in close deliberation); by implication, intimacy, consultation, a secret: KJV - assembly, counsel, inward, secret (counsel). In other words, this was the hidden counsel of God determined by those in close intimacy and revealed only in the way they wished.)
Today, we know the mystery's unfolded meaning. We know the plan of God made clear by the early church and broadcast around the world. However, it was revelation to those who witnessed His birth and development. Privy to His disciples was this understanding of the mystery of the ages. Jesus taught that the disciples, and those who followed them, were the determined promulgators of the mystery.
To the unbelieving world, such is still a mystery and incomprehensible to their palette. They struggle with minutia and miss the depth and height and length of New Testament power, which begins by embracing the plan of God for man's redemption. Such was the case of the religious leaders of ancient times and such is the same today.Matthew 13:11-16
(There is so much to be learned from this passage. One needs to read and read it.)1 Corinthians 2:2ff
Those entrusted with leadership among the leaders of the Temple ruled consistently against the revealed "mystery" of God's plan. Paul said they were blinded (He had been as blind as they, except Ananias opened his eyes).
Oh, saint of God, please know there are things going on today that religious leaders are going against the plan of God by making decisions, teaching doctrines and embracing theologies that are as blind to revealed truth as the Pharisees.
Verse 13 says it best. Spiritual discernment is what is lacking profoundly in religious circles, but verse 14 declares its prominence. The mind of Christ was and is in harmony with the great plan of God which is being played out in these last days as significantly and clearly as Bethlehem's role in the prophetic realm.
Verse 10 links with verse 12 to herald the fact that the will of God is for us to know the eternal mysteries!
Paul's revelation about the mysteries of God permeates his epistles. One cannot understand the teachings of this God-ordained apostle apart from this truth.
Listen to him in Romans.
We lack established believers today! Why? Look at what Paul asserts. One is established by adhering to his gospel, the preaching of Jesus Christ, ACCORDING TO THE REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY. We are people of the mystery.Romans 16:25ff
(One translation says, "man's only hope for glory.")Colossians 1:24-2:10
To who are the mysteries revealed? It is "to those who love Him and live for Him." Before any other understanding can take place, one must first learn "Christ's mighty energy" working within the believer to bring him or her to perfection (maturity).
Paul's Ephesians letter begins at this point. Evidently the "mystery" of God is still unfolding and even incorporates the day and hour in which we live.
Our perfection depends on this message. We are living in the "dispensation of the fullness of the times," and we need to expand our horizons and view the events from the throne room. Mysteries are to be revealed to us and through us, for that is the plan of the ages. We act as though those who have had great understanding have all passed into eternity…well now, they are not the "alive" ones among whom the mysteries are to be known. We are! He is about to pull the drawstring and gather His to Him. It is time we know the "counsel of His will." We tend to wait for someone else to feed us their "constructs;" we feign to apply ourselves to the power of Christ working in us to bring us to glory. We are to be the "unfolders" of the mysteries.Ephesians 1:7-14
Barnes' Comments are superb on this passage:
"That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:"Often times, we are looking at glimpses of Bible Truth concerning the last days. We become like the religious leaders who looked at prophetic glimpses and missed what Anna and Simeon knew. O' how careful we must be to listen to the Spirit as Paul cautions, to use our spiritual discernment on the myriad of prophetic utterance being forged today.
Hear Paul again.
There is a tendency to sum up these verses by glorying in the Jews' rejection of the gospel and how the Lord used that rejection to engraft the "heathen (Gentiles)" into the covenant. There is more to this matter than meets the eye. Verse 8 is just not tacked on to a treatise validating Paul's apostleship. Verse 9 speaks of a "fellowship of the mystery," which is a dimension of camaraderie that eclipses church socials and even worship times.Ephesians 3:1 The Mystery Revealed
Some might call this "family," as it relates to the perpetuation of values drawn from generations of being in the household and relates to mores and morals that supersede the ideas of the current generation which embraces tradition and values, paying homage to the past, while moving into the future. The economy of God is superior to the governance of the hour. Saints are drawn to each other in "fellowship" for the perpetuation of the plan of God through the ages, preserving their part of the inheritance through faith.Strong's definition is superbly drawn.NT:3622 oikonomia (oy-kon-om-ee'-ah); from NT:3623; administration (of a household or estate); specifically, a (religious) "economy":
Now Ephesians 5 takes on a different character than that of familial conduct. It joins the "mystery" teaching of the former passages and explains the oneness of Christ's unity with us. We are of the household of faith, and we press to maintain the value system of each other.
One flesh, with Christ, is part of the great mystery of Godliness. It links us to the great cloud of witnesses and determines who and where we fellowship. It is never the shallow acknowledgement of Sunday attendees, but the genuine prevailing of a community of faith built around the plan of the ages which incorporates "who" we are in Him.Ephesians 5:29-32
Paul felt the necessity to speak to young Timothy about this most important subject.Ephesians 2:19-3:14
Earlier, Paul wrote about an element which exceeds office or position. The church is all about verse 9. Its leadership is to purveyors of the mystery of the faith.1 Timothy 3:15-4:4
Colossians garners a greater look as it relates to the Mystery and the warnings.1 Timothy 3:8-10
Because the plan of God is unfolding as we speak, it is important to be reminded of the passage in Revelation and especially entering the New Year which could well fulfill all in all.Colossians 2:1
( Note Strong's definition of the word mystery …NT:3466Revelation 10:5-7
musterion (moos-tay'-ree-on); from a derivative of muo (to shut the mouth); a secret or "mystery" (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites):
KJV - mystery.)
As the fullness of time came with the birth of Jesus, may we be found as faithful to the great plan of God as those who participated in the event of His birth. May we be the "people of the mystery," and have our lamps bright and supplied even as the wise men had their gifts ready.
1 Corinthians 15:49-58
Until next year,
Dr. Cosby R. Oliver, PhD.
From Chamroeun Mau:From Sid Luke Ministries; Alexandria, La.
I am writing this letter to ask you to support our annual Christmas trip to Cambodia. We need your prayer and financial support to make this trip a success.
This past year has been a tough year on our family. The untimely death of my nineteen year old daughter Rebeca, was very hard on our family. I have also had to make two unexpected trips to Cambodia to handle ministry matters there.
We will be leaving for Cambodia on November 17 and will return on December 16. Please be praying for us and all of the lives we will minister to while we are there. If GOD puts it on your heart to support us for this trip financially we would be so very grateful.
You may send support to either East West Ministries International or to Shade of Grace Community, INC. These are both IRS 501(c) 3 tax deductible entities. The address for Shade of Grace is 7602 Mellowgrove Court, Spring, TX 77379-4079. Thank you.
We need to provide 70 to 80 Leaders and Pastors a one day training on Dec 4th.
We need about 300 packages of rice, sugar, salt, cotton scarf, and mosquito nets. etc. for 300 poor families who live around Sophy church as a Christmas gift for the year 2015.
We will have Christmas celebration and we will provide meals to all four churches.
We always provide meals for around 500 people during Christmas time. Please join with us. Thank you.
From John & Mandi Wilson; Pangasinan, Luzon, Philippines:
Earthquakes, Typhoons, GodIt was 3:40 a.m., I was not really sleeping hard because my husband was having one of his sleepless nights, tossing and turning, and getting in and out of bed… I was dreaming that I heard our jeepney, which has a very loud motor. I heard John say, "Earthquake!" and I woke to feel, and even hear, the last of it. It's like, by the time your mind processes what is going on, it is all over, preventing one from really getting the full experience… All you have to go on are fuzzy recollections of a bizarre moment. Were the walls really shaking in the dark moonlit room? Was my bed actually moving? The electricity went off simultaneously and we both got up and went outside. We could see many flashlights down the hill and hear people talking but everything appeared calm. The stars still hung breathtakingly in the sky. No one suffered any damage. The idea of earthquakes, although scary in itself, does not rank on the top of my 'what do you fear most list,' as we don't live in a big city with towering buildings. Even if a house were to fall here in this area, due to an earthquake, they are mostly constructed of bamboo and would most likely not cause serious injury. And it could easily be put back together. Yes, our home is concrete, but not the part above us. Now a typhoon, on the other hand, ranks highly on that list… especially after that last one…
I felt like a crazy newscaster as I walked with the wind pushing my back, and cold sideways rain piercing my skin. We had walked down to the beach to check on everyone, as the wind and rain had calmed. Trees were down everywhere, bamboo huts blown completely away, signs twisted and far from where they had originally hung. Large rocks blocked the road, having been washed out of their resting places. We saw families finding shelter in concrete restrooms used for tourists, or huddled in with others who had concrete homes. We invited people to stay with us and we did end up having overnight visitors later on. As we headed back up to our home, everything was picking back up again and I wondered if this was the eye of the storm… If so, isn't the back half supposed to be worse? Could we withstand worse? Sure enough, the weather attacked again, seemingly with all it had. John stood atop a makeshift step stool, on top of our concrete kitchen counter, to pull the roof back down. He tied it with rope to an exposed rebar. It rained inside of our house for a few days and was so loud that you could not hear the person yelling next to you. Our kitchen flooded and I had to stand in water to cook our meals on a two burner stove with a hose that connects to a propane tank. The wind was so strong in there, that even though the house is enclosed, I had to block the fire to keep it from going out. Tin from our chicken house / shed would whip through the air at razor sharp speed. The sound was terrifying. When it appeared that the storm was finally coming to an end, we ventured out again. We saw much of the same… and the trees that remained standing were completely stripped bare, as if it were the dead of winter. Yet, there is no winter here. We had a lot of clean up work to do, things to dry out, mend, rebuild, rake up, replant… And we had to do it all without electricity or water. Not only, was our place quite a sight, but we were as well. We made the best of it and joked about who smelled the worst… and John made me laugh by saying, "Your face is dirty. Your hair is all askew. But you're still the prettiest woman a man ever set eyes on." If that sounds familiar to anyone, that is a line Charles Ingalls used on Caroline in one of my favorite "Little House on the Prairie" episodes. We got to have several candle light dinners, have waxy fingers, tell stories worthy of a flashlight under the chin. We even had candlelight Wednesday night church. Riley got to build muscles by hauling water up from the well just so we could flush, wash dishes, cook, etc… And the people got to catch an abundance of their favorite fish, "Bangus," which is what we call milk fish. There were so many up along the shore from the typhoon, that they were selling them for 5 pesos per kilo… which is like less than one cent! Also, there was plenty of firewood!
Everyone here was physically okay. But I did hear of a family in a nearby barangay losing their one year old. A mango tree fell on the child. And the relatives of one of our church family's lost a sister-in-law in a barangay even further away. The children explained to me that she was only around 19, had given birth just a few days before she died. She did not go to the hospital. They said she was crazy and possessed by a witch because she had sores all over her and her baby died too. I asked an adult who speaks more English what she knew about that, she said she didn't know much but it was something like that… You know…
I once so easily dismissed stuff like this as impossible and pretty much complete nonsense, but I find that now… with all that I have experienced… this stuff is not a joke… which brings my thoughts to Halloween… Here they don't call it Halloween or even celebrate it on the same day. It is the next two days, November 1st and 2nd… known as the "Day of the Dead," or "All Saints Day." It is a school holiday and families go to cemeteries to remember loved ones that have passed away. On Sunday, after church, which was November the 1st, the younger youth girls started talking to me about their family members who have died, as well as the lost loved ones of other families. I had no idea that so many had lost someone so close. Most all of them had had a sibling pass away, either due to illness, or an accident. It made me so sad to hear and know. One 13 year old said her sister had something wrong with her mouth, like maybe a cleft palate by the way she described it. She said she was still beautiful though. She spoke of her with such adoration… Another had a brother who fell out of a tree as he was getting fruits… The stories were endless… and heartbreaking…
The boy who lost his father almost three months ago, still comes regularly and is here during a lot of his free time. They have all been making marble guns, the youth boys, Lee, Riley, Liam, and John. One day it was John, Riley, and three boys... and I realized that all three of those boys no longer had a father. When John came back in, I told him that. I said you are being a father to the fatherless. He said he realized what I had realized while he was out there and that is why he spent so much time with them… He enjoys showing them things, working in the garden with them, teaching them... Just last night I was cooking, and one of the boys asked if I needed any help, I said sure and gave him an extra knife to cut the carrots. He was so funny. He kept pretending to be a chef calling himself, "Master Chef Marwin." He repeatedly told me about how John had given him a high five earlier that day. It made my heart grin to see the joy he had in that simple gesture. Goodness I love these kids!
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