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Robert Klaiber1910-2001

Three decades in the icy winters of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and under Florida's white-hot summer sun, this hero of the faith has kept his lonely vigil. read more

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Theology of Grace

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Mysteries

Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

1 Corinthians 4:1

Grace Theology teaches that salvation by grace through faith was a mystery given to Paul by being given the dispensation of grace. We have covered dispensations in the last chapter in this one we will look at the mysteries in the Bible.

The mystery of the faith is God being manifested in the flesh, that God was in Christ.

1 Timothy 3:9-16 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience…. 16And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh,…

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Colossians 2:2-3 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

John 10:30 I and my Father are one.

John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

And that Christ is in the believer.

John 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

Colossians 1:25-27 ...26Even the mystery... which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: …

(Is Christ teaching anything different than Paul?)

And that the Church is Christ body.

Ephesians 5:30-32 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones….This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

That the Gentiles are fellow heirs and of the same body with the Jews.

Ephesians 3:3-6 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery;… 6That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

The mystery that the saved will be changed from mortality to immortality.

1 Corinthians 15:51-55 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,… the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed….

Matthew 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

(Is Christ teaching anything different than Paul?)

In addition to the mysteries directly related to the faith, there are a couple of others.

The mystery of all things being gathered together in Christ.

Ephesians 1:9-10 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,... 10That in the dispensation of the fulness 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:

Colossians 2:2-3 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

The mystery of Israel not being cast off but blinded for a time.

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery,... that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

The mystery of the kingdom of God.

Mark 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

The mystery of the seven stars and candlesticks.

Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

The mystery of Babylon the Great.

Revelation 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

These are the mysteries of the Bible. Take note that there is no mystery of salvation by grace through faith. The gospel of salvation by the grace of God through our faith in him is a universal precept of the Scriptures. God will not allow any man to stand before him and declare his own righteousness by his own works at any time.

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

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