A Mystery Revealed

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Job 12:13-14**With Him (God) are wisdom and strength, he has counsel and understanding. If He breaks a thing down, it cannot be rebuilt.

As the increase of war and natural disasters loom ever present, so does the increase of human suffering. Job struggled in anguish over the sudden destruction of all his children (seven sons and three daughters), his wealth and now physical pain. The anguish and pain increased because Satan continued his sadistic pleasure and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head (Job 2:7).

Since the God of this world (Satan) broke down Job as he violently disrupts present day lives; the life of Job was rebuilt by our Heavenly Father who blessed his latter days more than the beginning. In addition to great wealth, our God blessed Job by replacing his seven sons and three daughters and he lived a long life to see his children and grandchildren for four generations.

The fear of the Lord is wisdom and to shun evil is understanding. (Job 28:28 & 1:1). Since Job was blameless and upright doesnít mean he was sinless like the Messiah Christ Jesus. It simply means he walked and worshipped God with a pure heart and dealt with human behavior in the line with the ways of God. It took two thousand years for the hidden mystery of God to begin unraveling with the ministry of Christ at the Sermon on the Mount when he preached a sermon of love by keeping the commandments of God.** Matthew 5:48**Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. ** It took almost another thirty years after our God resurrected His Son Christ Jesus before more mystery unraveled. A Pharisee (agent of Jewish law demanding strict Jewish cultural traditions be obeyed) named Saul was reborn as an Apostle to the Gentiles and the rest of the world. He was renamed Paul after a dramatic encounter with Jesus while traveling to Damascus to arrest the Lordís disciples. God had to knock Paul down to the ground and demonstrate how blind he had been about missing the mystery. (Acts 9:1-31). The mystery had slowly been revealed by the Prophets over centuries before the coming of Emmanuel (Heb.*God with us*) ** (Isaiah 7:14). Many other prophecies from the prophets documented the coming of the Messiah Christ Jesus. Even Paul must have been a witness to countless miracles such as healing of blind, crippled and raising people from the dead. Surely he witnessed the ripping of the temple curtain to the holy of holies; when The Son of God, His own Passover Lamb drew his last breathe after hours of total darkness and was brought back to life by Father God as predicted three days later.

Ephesians 3:8-9**To me (Paul), who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ:

Paul likely wrote the book of Ephesians close to thirty years after his conversion and while imprisoned in Rome for the first time. But he saw his imprisonment as part of his service for Christ, a service that put the Gentilesí spiritual need ahead of his own comfort and safety. However, his confinement and letters offered encouragement to the newly established churches. It is unlikely any of the other Jewish Disciples of Christ would have risked imprisonment to minister to the Gentiles.

Just as the Messiah Christ Jesusí preaching of the Gospel was rejected each Sabbath in every synagogue, so was the preaching of Paul also rejected each Sabbath. But guided by the Holy Spirit of God, he turned to the Gentiles and nations with writings, preaching and fervor which document the wisdom, strength, counsel and understanding of our Lord.

The mystery Paul spoke of is the perfect and wise plan of God. The plan took place from the very beginning with the downfall of man into sin and worship of Satan, the adversary of God. The plan took place over thousands of years throughout the history of Israel and writings of the prophets. Stage by stage our God was revealing and working out His plan of salvation.

Ephesians 3:6** (The Mystery Revealed) That the Gentiles (all humanity) should be fellow heirs, of the same body and partakers of His (God) promise in Christ through the gospel.

Sadly, Israel that had been caretakers of the word of God for thousands of years lost the race and even the battle for eternal life. They have stubbornly placed all their hopes in the Torah and the Law of Moses without trusting the word of God in other prophets. The Adversary of God, who is God of this world, continues to blind most of mankind with deceit, lies and false religions with sadistic and wicked promises. Without opening our eyes to the love of our God by keeping his commandments, eternal death will be the reward as promised in the Garden of Eden. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32).