In science, the fact that light has the properties of a particle and the properties of a wave is a mystery to us. It is incomprehensible to us. We do not understand it; it is outside of our nine dots. That is a mystery. A mystery is when something is beyond our understanding, unknowable, incomprehensible. In contrast a secret is something that is known by someone but unknown by others.
For example, a surprise birthday party is a secret—well supposedly it is a secret to the one who is having the birthday, but everybody else knows it. A mystery is incomprehensible; it cannot be known. A secret is something that can be known, but it is not known by every person. I want to point out that this is so incredibly important to know that I want to document this first from the scholars and then from the Word of God itself. In the New Testament, musterion signifies a secret which is being or even has been revealed.
The fact or truth though requiring to be revealed, it may when revealed be of a very elementary character. That is exactly right. The scholars recognize it. This is important, and the reason that this is important is because the vast majority of the Bible versions translate the Greek word musterion as mystery, so I want to make it clear that the scholars know that mystery is not a good translation of musterion. It communicates the wrong idea. Translating musterion as mystery communicates the idea that the things of God cannot be understood.
I cannot tell you the harm that this has done to the Church over the centuries. The things of God are not mysterious in the sense that we cannot understand them. It is so important to get that. Well, that is not in Scripture. I want to show you from the Word of God clearly that the musterion has been revealed.
We are going to start in 1 Corinthians 2. We have already read about the secret in 1 Corinthians Now we will read 1 Corinthians Where was that written—in the Old Testament Isaiah ? That is correct. Before the Day of Pentecost not one mind had conceived, no eye had seen, no ear had heard. Why—because the Sacred Secret was hidden in God. If the Bible says that He has revealed it, He has revealed it. It is not a mystery; it is a secret. It was a secret hidden by God, but now it has been revealed. This fact that God has revealed the Sacred Secret has been stated over and over again; and for that purpose, I want to make sure that we read a few of them.
Romans and 26 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 musterion [the Sacred Secret] hidden for long ages past, 26 but now revealed and made known…. What was so secret, so important, that had Satan known, he would not have crucified Jesus, has now been made known to you and me. It is so important to understand that it has been made known.
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Many times people do not even bother to study. The Bible is the most important book in the whole universe. Who would not have the tools to be able to answer some of their own questions? Certainly, we should have those tools, but if you are taught that the things of God are mysterious, why bother? The things of God are not mysterious; they were just secret, but now they have been made known. Colossians the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. I hope that you do not think that I am beating this to death because I am going verse after verse on how the Sacred Secret has been made known.
The reason that I feel that this is so important is because so many people consider the things of God mysterious. The reason that they consider it mysterious is because the word musterion has been translated mystery when it is not a mystery at all. It has been made known.
Verse after verse after verse is there that says that. It was a secret; now it has been made known. When Adam and Eve started out, they were in the Garden of Eden. They had certain laws. That administration, the administration of those laws, we call it the original paradise.
When Adam and Eve got kicked out of the Garden of Eden, we went into a different administration with different laws. By the time that you get to the Law of Moses, the time of the Exodus about years before Christ, you have a different set of laws. The laws in the Law Administration were in force up until the Day of Pentecost. On the Day of Pentecost, which was recorded in Acts chapter 2, God started a brand new administration. He gave us different regulations by which to live than they lived under the Law. That is why you can eat a hot dog.
That is why you do not have to go to Jerusalem three times a year. That is why you do not have to kill animals at the Temple. We live under different laws now than they lived under in the Old Testament. We have a different relationship to God now than they did in the Old Testament. Had Satan known what you and I have now, he would not have crucified Jesus Christ.
God says that what He gave under the Law had no glory in comparison to what you and I have today. Who would not want to learn about this? This is just amazing. Ephesians that is, the musterion [the Sacred Secret] made known to me by revelation,. The Sacred Secret was made known to Paul by revelation. It had to be made known to Paul by revelation because nobody else knew it because it was a secret. God had to tell somebody. God decided to tell Paul. When God told Paul, that telling is revelation. This is a big one. Ephesians and 5 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the Sacred Secret of Christ, 5 which was not made known to men in other generations….
Again, we see the musterion being made known. He goes on to develop what the Sacred Secret is in part. Ephesians This Sacred Secret is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, [This is huge, and we will talk about this later. Now, these things are big! That is not all that there is to the Sacred Secret, but these things are huge. God hid the riches of Christ from the people before the Day of Pentecost but has now made them known. Ephesians and to make plain to everyone the administration of this musterion , which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.
Now verse nine is about as plain as you can be. Remember that musterion is a Sacred Secret. The Apostle Paul writes by revelation. If people do not know about it, it is not because God did not try to make it plain. If people do not know about it, it is because the word that should be translated as Sacred Secret gets translated as mystery and is misunderstood.
The word oikonomia which here in this verse is properly translated as administration, but in many other versions, it gets translated as stewardship or some other word that fogs and clouds the issues so that we do not really understand what God is talking about. He is talking about the Administration of the Sacred Secret. Why is it important to know about this? What have we seen so far? We have seen that musterion does not mean mystery.
We have seen that musterion can be revealed and understood. We have seen that the Sacred Secret was hidden, but it has now been made known. At this point, I need to cover why we call it the Sacred Secret. I think that this is important because throughout this teaching I have been using the term Sacred Secret. In particular, if you have been listening to our teachings, we have referred to it in years past as The Secret.
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That piqued my interest because Rotherham was a scholar of the first rank, completely fluent in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, German, you name it. If Rotherham translated the Greek word musterion not as Secret but as Sacred Secret, he had to have a reason. I began to delve into what that reason was. What would that be? What is clear in the Greek language is that a Greek word exists for secrets in the sacred or religious realm.
A Greek word exists for secrets that are in the secular realm. These are two different Greek words. The Greek word for secrets in the sacred realm, in the religious realm, is musterion.
When a secret was just in a secular realm, then the Greeks used the word kruptos. By the way we get our word crypt from kruptos. Kruptos was something hidden. For example, in Matthew chapter 6 when Jesus Christ is talking about giving. It is very important to understand this truth because the word musterion is not just secret. It is a Sacred Secret. That is very helpful for us to know. That is why, we, in our ministry and in this teaching and in many other times, do our own translation of Scripture.
That is why we do this. Anyone reading the Greek text knows immediately whether the secret is sacred or secular. It is either musterion or kruptos. If you translate both those words as secret, then the English is much less clear than the Greek. That is not good translation work, so let us translate the meaning of the Greek from the Greek into English. Musterion is a Sacred Secret, and kruptos is a secret. You will not find one time in the entire New Testament from Matthew to Revelation that the word musterion cannot be translated Sacred Secret and the word kruptos cannot be secret.
If we translate them that way and make a note to that effect in the margins of our Bible, then we will be able to read our Bible with ease. This brings up another point now into which I want to move. I want to study the Sacred Secret. This is exciting. I am ready to go and look for the Sacred Secret.
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Now where will I look? Well, you would not look in the Old Testament now would you—because had Satan known the Sacred Secret, he would not have crucified Christ? The Sacred Secret was not made known in the Old Testament.
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You would not look in the Gospels either, for Christ was not crucified until the very end of the Gospels, and had Satan known the secret he would not have crucified Christ. You will not find the Sacred Secret in the book of Revelation either. The book of Revelation applies to after the rapture of the Church, after the Christian Church is gone. The sacred secret that we are talking about applies to the Christian Church.
That is the sacred secret of the Church.
That brings up a point that I do need to make that other sacred secrets are in the Bible. The Christian Church was not the only sacred secret. There were the sacred secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven. There were the sacred secrets of Babylon. There were the sacred secrets of Lawlessness. Take a Greek concordance and look at the word musterion and look at all the usages. You will see that other sacred secrets are there besides the Sacred Secret of the Church. In this teaching and for our understanding, we need to know what is the Sacred Secret of the Church, and where do I look for it.
We look for it in the books that were written for the Church. That would be Acts through Jude. By the way, while I am saying that, I ought to say that although it would be nice, no list exists that lays out all the attributes of the Sacred Secret. The Sacred Secret is so pervasive in the Church Epistles that the entire Administration that we live in, the Administration of Grace, is in Ephesians called the Administration of the Sacred Secret. We have to look for the Sacred Secret all over the scriptures.
That is important to do. Let me clarify about administrations again to make sure that we are all on the same page. God has given different rules for different time periods. God is the one who makes the rules for people; I think that we can all agree on that. God has given different rules for different sets of people.
Wait, I am not saying that God changed. I am saying that the rules that He gave to different people changed. As a parent, I understand this. We have raised three kids, and you give different rules at different times. As the parents, Jenivee and I do not change, but the rules that we make for the children change. Well, God did the same thing. God does not change, but He has made different rules for different periods of time. Once mankind was out of the Garden for a while in Genesis 9, God says okay now you can eat animals.
By the Law Administration, God changed and said okay you can eat animals, but certain things could not be eaten. For example, you could not eat a dead animal, an unclean animal; you could not do this or that. He changed or modified the rules. Marriage is another good example.
After the Fall during the time of Abraham, which Abraham lived during the Administration of Civil Government, it was okay with God if you married your sister. Abraham married his half sister Sarah. When the Law of Moses came along, God changed the rules, and He said you can marry more than one wife but you cannot marry a relative.
Now we come to the Administration of the Age of Grace, in which you and I live, and God changes the rules concerning marriage again, and He says every man must have one wife and every woman must have one husband. That is in 1 Corinthians God changes the rules by which people live. That is what an administration is. What we are looking for in reading through Acts to Jude is what is God doing for us? What has God done in us? What does God want us to do? We are looking for what we have. Particularly, we are looking for what is it that we have that is so great that had Satan known it, he would not have crucified the Lord of Glory!
What we have today was not known in the Old Testament. I do not have the time to develop this, but it is a fabulous thing to develop. I have not developed it in the sense that I have not gone to Scripture to show how the things of the Sacred Secret were missing in the Old Testament prophecies.
We have seen many scriptures that say that what we have today was hidden in God. It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling. The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing. The purpose in a man's heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out. Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
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In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. To the choirmaster: for the flutes. Give ear to my words, O Lord ; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. O Lord , in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch. For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you. The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. Of David. Vindicate me, O Lord , for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.
Prove me, O Lord , and try me; test my heart and my mind. For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness. I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites. I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked. How you have saved the arm that has no strength! How you have counseled him who has no wisdom, and plentifully declared sound knowledge! With whose help have you uttered words, and whose breath has come out from you? The dead tremble under the waters and their inhabitants. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1, days, clothed in sackcloth.
And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.
John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison. Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him. Now the Jews' Feast of Booths was at hand. That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, [he is] in the secret chambers; believe [it] not.
For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither [any thing] hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth [it] in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light. For [there is] no man [that] doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly.
If thou do these things, show thyself to the world. But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.
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, which was kept secret since the world began,. Bible Stories kjv Favorite Bible Verses kjv. Deuteronomy Cursed [be] the man that maketh [any] graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth [it] in [a] secret [place]. Deuteronomy The secret [things belong] unto the LORD our God: but those [things which are] revealed [belong] unto us and to our children for ever, that [we] may do all the words of this law.
Judges But he himself turned again from the quarries that [were] by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king: who said, Keep silence. Samuel-1 And it was [so], that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts.
Samuel-1 But Jonathan Saul's son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret [place], and hide thyself: Job O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!
Job Hast thou heard the secret of God? Job [Are] the consolations of God small with thee? Job All darkness [shall be] hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle. Job As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God [was] upon my tabernacle; Job Hide them in the dust together; [and] bind their faces in secret.
Psalms He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor. Psalms Like as a lion [that] is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places. Psalms He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him [were] dark waters [and] thick clouds of the skies. Psalms Who can understand [his] errors? Psalms The secret of the LORD [is] with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant.
Psalms For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. Psalms Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. Psalms Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity: Psalms That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not. Psalms Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah.
Psalms Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret [sins] in the light of thy countenance. Psalms He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalms My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, [and] curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Proverbs Stolen waters are sweet, and bread [eaten] in secret is pleasant. Proverbs A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.