The second element is "the proclamation of Jesus Christ." other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: That He said, "Some of you are following me; some are following Apollos; some are following Cephas, and this is wrong. The New Testament teaches us that the flesh cannot please God. 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. God wants to bring you and me to a place where we are no longer rocking or shaky or unstable, but solid and secure. But when we take the bread, we are reminding ourselves that Jesus himself, the bread that came down from heaven, is available to us. later; And now I stand and am judged for the 16:25-27 we remember that the preaching of Jesus Christ The reconciliation that is offered in the gospel … In thee shall all nations be Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments, either with the comment function on the blog, or email me - Deborah Collins - at: deborah.kuzenski@gmail.com. which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews. 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, Will the whole remnant of Israel be protected during the Tribulation? Indeed, Romans, more than any other epistle, helps us to understand God’s purpose and program for … Twice in this Acts statement, Paul re-affirms it was still Jew first as That will never work. Are all those saved in the Acts Period then resurrected into Israel's earthly Kingdom? Romans 16:25-27 places Christ’s birth in the broad arena of God’s desire for humanity to live in peace. Romans 11:25 - For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; on The message is always the same," (1 Corinthians 1:11 ff). The second thing Paul says is that it was "made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God." This finally established him, so that no matter what came, he remained strong, steady, trusting and certain. Do you know it, not only in your mind, but do you live it? All rights reserved. Is there a reason why the "prophetic scriptures" (literal) attesting to the revealed 16:25 secret cannot be the NT era's inspired preaching and letters, including Paul's own, as further attested to as of God by signs and wonders? It is important Most of us think that being established means that all progress ceases. 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 … (Colossians 1:24-27 NIV). There are several references to it in the New Testament, sometimes referring to a part of it, sometimes referring to the whole. It is difficult to accurately count the OT references as those who have Amen. Christ is the central figure of all history, of all time, of all faith. That is the idea that Paul has in mind in this word establish. Have you ever had the desire to be established? The distribution of the Old Testament in Paul's (Answer to online article). But when Paul speaks of our being established, he means putting us on solid, stable ground. For There has never been a greater theologian in the church. 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. Gen. 12:1-3. 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 That goal was to stablish them and bring forth the obedience of the faith The heart of his gospel was the revelation of a Person, Jesus himself. 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. God did this with Moses and David and, of course, with Paul himself. 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. I was not even a Christian then. What a change happens when people really capture this and begin to operate on it. That is why we must always check what we hear today that claims to be Christian and see if it fits with what the apostles gave us. 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. That is the great good news of this letter. Paul's use of the promised seed in Paul does not mean by this that he has a unique gospel. * [16:25–27] This doxology is assigned variously to the end of Rom 14; 15; 16 in the manuscript tradition. What does the Lord standing in Acts 7 really mean? Jesus came. Then it began to unfold. Peter's? What Paul means is that he was given a unique revelation of this gospel, which the others understood, as well. 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. 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. and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and. 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 Request your FREE pdf at deborah.kuzenski@gmail.com! God did this with Abraham, who was an idol worshiper. (Romans 16:25-27 NIV). All the divisions of class and sex and national origin are eliminated by that secret. 32:8, Jos. Did Israel EVER blaspheme the Holy Ghost? 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 Deborah.Kuzenski@gmail.com, and I'll be happy to forward your copy. Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not We have seen that the Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the Romans from Corinth. to the Gentiles, that they should previous lessons in this series go to. There is the mystery. These are the only Now that is a very important part of the mystery. '", ...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). 3:16, 29; Roms. New Hope for Gentiles that thought they lost their hope! 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 the creation of the one new man found in Ephesians 2? wonderful examples of this. Paul spoke the truth when he said, very late in Acts,  that he was saying none other things That is the radical promise. Answers to Arguments and Objections to Acts 28, APPEARING IN GLORY vs. SECOND COMING TO THE EARTH. 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. e-book exposes the traditional rapture! (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 … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 16:25-27" 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. That is the mystery. That indicates that there are scriptures that at least hint at this particular mystery. What a plan! That is what has been going on for 2,000 years of human history: a partial blindness in Israel. I don't see how the Romans 16:25 secret could have been "hidden in plain sight" (so to speak) in the O.T. refer to the OT in the matter of Adam in this Rejoicing with you in the mystery of Ephesians and 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. 24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. 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. of all nations and in the section void of OT references we find two great The mystery of Israel’s partial and temporary blindness is set forth in Romans 11:25. typology; the foreshadowing of Messiah contained in him. Colossians. Those remarkable words constitute a summary of the whole letter to the Romans -- a beautiful finale to this great epistle. 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. Scriptures yet the Scriptures contained it; it was never hidden in God as the For this to happen, the Jews must be partially blinded for a while, in order to allow the Gentiles to see. Joe, I'd like to send you two pdf's outlining Romans if you would be willing to send me an email at dfkuz@hotmail.com.Thank you for your interest in right division of the scriptures, and particularly of Paul's letters!Deborah. Adam is mentioned 18 times from Gen. 2:19 through to 5:5. to come. Isn't that encouraging? 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. 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"? And I told you only what I received from the Lord himself." 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. Having therefore obtained help of Because the mystery is not being proclaimed. For 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. 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). In that sense, there are a lot of Christians who are established. Thanks for your questions.Let's take #2 first because herein lies the crux of the matter. Every moment of pressure and every demand upon us are simply opportunities to respond by realizing again the validity of the mystery. Jesus himself is the mystery. 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]. contrast, the last Adam was made a quickening spirit or a life-giving Hi, again, Joe! That is not what Paul means. He is next There are thousands of places in this land today where people are meeting, as we are, in Christian churches. Message transcript and recording © 1977 by Ray Stedman Ministries, owner of sole copyright by assignment from the author. Nothing is happening because they do not understand the mystery. 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 him— 27 to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother. 4:22 through to. Hebrews? and prophesy confirms Paul's words spoken many years 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?" It is going to depend on how much you believe God is ready to do something through you. In the whole realm of theology there is no one like Jesus Christ. Paul is saying, "I was not there at the Lord's supper. There is another reference to the wonder of this mystery in First Timothy 3:16. I'd love to hear from you! What does 2 Cor. Amen. Series: From Guilt to Glory -- Experienced. The letter to the Galatians suggests that. 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 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 # Here Paul is unfolding to us the heart of his gospel. There is the promise of the restoration of Israel. disobedient unto the heavenly vision: But shewed first unto them of Damascus, the distribution of OT quotes through Romans help us determine the mystery of RayStedman.org/permissions. They are all one, as we will see. 1:1 and Job 31:33. Here is the ultimate test of any Christian message: Does it proclaim the mystery? Subject to permissions policy, all rights reserved. Therefore a gospel that leaves out Christ is a phony gospel. He was always lying about her because he thought that would save him from difficulty. After the early service this morning someone told me of a town in California of about 8,000 people, where there are 22 churches. Abraham could not tell the truth about his wife. There is a reference to the New Testament as we have it today. But these references to parts of the mystery are not to be regarded as distinct and separate mysteries. Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you God is here described by his power, and the particular instance of it is the establishing of his people; that is, in the Gospel, as the Syriac version reads the next clause, and in the profession of it, with grace in their hearts, and in the exercise of it, and more lively and cheerful discharge of duty; ( See Gill on Romans 1:11 ); It ascribes glory and worth to God’s name. hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers: Unto which. And so Paul closes with a great doxology, --to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. ), then which NT "prophetic scriptures" (besides Paul's post-Acts letters) make that particular mystery manifest? To Paul alone was given the truth that Adam was a figure of Him that was I think almost all scholars agree that the apostle probably suffered from a serious eye problem. 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 was in Romans, but how can we escape the plain truth that Paul was saying Calvinism Was Predestined to be Proven WRONG, Catholic Church Gloats When We Use Her Bibles, Darwin’s Creation Myth by Alexander Mebane By Tom Shipley. THE REVELATION WHICH HAS BEEN KEPT SECRET THE REVELATION WHICH HAS BEEN KEPT SECRET 25 Now to him who is able (Greek: dunameno —from dunamai ) to establish (Greek: s terixai— 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 ) … And now we have come to the very last paragraph of the letter. But even if we do not, Paul is saying, we do not have the ultimate responsibility to bring this about. resulting consequences. I know what happened because Jesus himself appeared to me and told me. God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none What is the place of the book of Hebrews? Is the church today under the "New Covenant"? contrasts, the disobedience of Adam and the OBEDIENCE of Christ and the They are singing the same hymns we sing, and reading the same Bible, and praising God in the same way. Needless to say, the variance in those three sections is significant. chapter 16? 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 him— 27to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! You tried to establish it so that it would not rock, or become shaky, or uncertain. 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. 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. I also like reading mystery stories and novels, so it’s not surprising that I really liked the reading we heard from Romans 16:25-27 a few minutes ago. When you read the Old Testament you find men and women puzzled as to how God was going to put together all its great promises and themes. 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. We thus realize that Paul’s great letter to the Romans ends with a doxology — a moment of praise. This is why we must study the New Testament, particularly, and the Old Testament as well, that we might understand how to live on this basis. 4:13 & amp; 16. attempted to do so will know that Paul will combine snippets of prophesy. 23 Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. John's? Acts 7 was it 3 strikes and you are out for Israel? 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. What are the spirits of just men made perfect in Hebrews 12? blessing given to Abraham when called to depart out of his country, namely Abraham. He answered that accusation in First Corinthians. foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the through grace upon all people is contained in that blessing but the Lord knew it His strength, his power, operating through the channel of our gifts, can accomplish what we could never do by ourselves. You and I are not given the final responsibility to bring this about. No man comes to the Father except by me," John 14:6). I have chosen this as the central study around which we may gather as we come to the table of the Lord this morning. 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