Summary: To study the word "mystery" or "secret"
Are you a mystery?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To study the word "mystery" or "secret"
1 Timothy 3:16 (Amplified Bible)
And great and important and weighty, we confess, is the hidden truth (the mystic secret) of godliness. He [God] was made visible in human flesh, justified and vindicated in the [Holy] Spirit, was seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, [and] taken up in glory.
Mystery is a secret. Only known to GOD and the people He chooses to reveal them.
Word study: "Mystery" according to Greek Word: "musterion"
A. Author: Apostle Paul
B. Date written: To encourage Timothy
C. To whom written: Timothy, Paul's true son in the faith
1 Timothy 1:2 (Amplified Bible)
To Timothy, my true son in the faith: Grace (spiritual blessing and favor), mercy, and [heart] peace [be yours] from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
D. Main themes: Advice and exhortation to a young pastor regarding his personal conduct and ministerial work.
E. Keyword: conduct
F. Key verse:
1 Timothy 3:15 (Amplified Bible)
If I am detained, you may know how people ought to conduct themselves in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and stay (the prop and support) of the Truth.
The word "mystery" or "secret" came from the Greek word: "musterion".
It's purpose is to shut the mouth.
1. Mystery - a profound secret. Something kept cautiously concealed. That which is beyond human comprehension until explained. Anything artfully made difficult
2. Secret - concealed from notice or knowledge. Unseen, private, secluded, removed from sight, private, affording privacy, known to GOD only and the people He chooses.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
1. Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven is for us but to the unbelieving, it's hidden to them.
Matthew 13:11 (Amplified Bible)
And He replied to them, To you it has been given to know the secrets and mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
Mark 4:11 (Amplified Bible)
And He said to them, To you has been entrusted the mystery of the kingdom of God [that is, the secret counsels of God which are hidden from the ungodly]; but for those outside [of our circle] everything becomes a parable,
Luke 8:10 (Amplified Bible)
He said to them, To you it has been given to [come progressively to] know (to recognize and understand more strongly and clearly) the mysteries and secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that, [though] looking, they may not see; and hearing, they may not comprehend.
2. Mystery: Hardness of Israel's heart is temporary, until exact number of Gentiles are all in.
Romans 11:25 (Amplified Bible)
Lest you be self-opinionated (wise in your own conceits), I do not want you to miss this hidden truth and mystery, brethren: a hardening (insensibility) has [temporarily] befallen a part of Israel [to last] until the full number of the ingathering of the Gentiles has come in,
3. Gospel was hidden as a secret and mystery long time ago