But many are only coming and drinking it all in, but never going beyond that -- merely listening -- perhaps a few changes apparent here and there, but nothing very much. 13This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. 15The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment: 16"For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" Many love Jesus so long as no …Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ, May one Lose the Blessing?The question trembles from many a lip--If I get the blessing, may I lose it? The paths of the Lord? He made nature. 17. 12We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. Of course, a lot of demagogues run around making promises merely because they want to get into office. How much is it showing up in my practical daily existence? You will never solve the problem of the Communist threat to the world, or anything else, until you understand the mystery of lawlessness. About Unlocking Ancient Secrets of the Bible:Scholars examine evidence of the most significant moments from the Bible. Many of us cherish the fond illusion that, if we only had the opportunity, we could set aside everybody else's thinking and do our own. If thou dost so, thou wilt be in danger often of following sight rather than faith,--choosing the evil, and refusing the good. These are the riches God has entrusted to us to disseminate through our lives to others. In any issue we discuss, we finally must resolve it on the basis of authority. Paul calls them the "depths" or the "deep things" of God. And, through the cross and the resurrection, God has set aside man's guilt and provided for his weakness and impotence, and has given him a way of handling life as it comes -- through the power and the activity of God himself, living in you. How much has it gripped your heart, and changed your life? We feel worthless, useless. They are not insoluble problems, strange and mysterious riddles nobody can grasp. We don't want to be fettered and impotent through ignorance or faithlessness. And it is some of these I want to bring before you. 2. Do you see the kingdom of God there? It was he who was first sent forth to proclaim the doctrine of salvation, and to reveal all that had been accomplished at Calvary. But the approach I want to discuss this morning -- and what to me is the most remarkable and convincing evidence that the book I have in my hand is God's revelation of ultimate reality, of final truth -- is the fact that here in this book I find revealed about life certain truths which are essential to me, or to any person, in order to live life as it was intended to be lived, and which I cannot find anywhere else -- no other source gives them to me. Without this secret we become victims of life instead of victors. I don't mean to condemn; God does not condemn. A “mystery” in the New Testament is something that had at one time been hidden but is now revealed to God’s people. We haven't learned a thing more than they about how to solve them. xxv. There is no man in the world free from trouble or anguish, though he were King or Pope. Not in all the libraries or universities of earth, nor in all the research of science, nor in all the thinking of philosophers -- not in any of the investigation of human knowledge and wisdom -- can I ever find the truths which are hidden here. Of these three petitions the central one is that for guidance. Man is to be the dwelling place of God. Nature is what is produced, not what is producing. But, as it is written,   "What no eye has seen,     nor ear heard,   nor the heart of man conceived,   what God has prepared for those who love him," God has revealed to us through the Spirit. You don't retaliate or spill out a torrent of angry words in return. Oh! But what about tomorrow at work, and in your home, and among the neighbors, and in the realm of politics? I will say to the LORD, 'My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'" (m) His counsel contained in his word, by which he declares that he is the protector of the faithful.Psalm 25:14 Parallel Commentaries, Safe Walking. Save me, O God, for the waters are come in even unto my soul: I am come into deep waters; so that the floods run over me.--Ps. The thing that grips me at this moment, and I hope it grasps you, is the fact that to us -- we plumbers and carpenters and doctors and bankers and housewives and laborers and construction workers and secretaries -- to us have been committed the secrets of God. This is the idea Paul conveys regarding Christians. Then things will begin to fall into place and make sense. 4My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, 5so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power. And the final right -- really the only right -- we have, is to choose which master we are going to submit to. The Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping: the Lord will receive my prayer.--Ps. Jesus spoke of “the mystery of the kingdom of God” (Mark 4:11, NAS) that He was at that point revealing to His disciples. That is why I have chosen to bring this message -- in order that we might understand these secrets, and give ourselves to this matter of becoming faithful stewards of the mysteries, the secrets, the hidden wisdom, of God. It is the answer to guilt. It is also called "the mystery of the gospel" (Ephesians 6:19), and in another place "the mystery of Christ and his church," Ephesians 3:4). (1 Corinthians 15:51-52 RSV). 2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. We know what a stewardess is, in this day of aviation. God has a secret which, if you learn it, enables you to handle this mystery of lawlessness. But what you should think of as we go through them is: How much do I know these? Its necessity and propriety. Perpetually reminds us of our duty, and leads to meditation on divine providence. Much already has been taught here about that over the years, and doubtless much more will be. As ask in Jesus' name, Amen. There are many foolish …Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ, How to Make Use of Christ as the Life, when the Believer is So Sitten-Up in the Ways of God, that He Can do Nothing. It is possible, is it not, to lose life while you are living it because you don't know the hidden wisdom, the secrets, the mysteries of God. But many, many Christians evidence the fact that they haven't yet learned the mystery of godliness, simply haven't really learned this secret. Be encouraged and grow your faith with daily and weekly devotionals. 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 1, 2. Why is this? --PSALM xxv. You will constantly be merely treating the symptoms which keep reappearing all the time unless you begin to understand how to use weapons which will aim at the real source of trouble, as Paul tells us in the sixth chapter of Ephesians. This is the answer to the mystery of lawlessness. Isaiah the prophet wrote about God’s displeasure of doing things hidden, or in secret. You don't strike back, you don't get even. On the other hand, the Lord has revealed other things that are for us and our children forever (Deut. He says that among the mature we speak or impart a hidden, secret wisdom, which none of the rulers of this age know anything about. Why is it that politicians can never be trusted to keep their promises -- even the best of them? What is the doctrine of the secret rapture? There is no more encouraging secret in all the world than to understand this mystery of God's working in the future. All our attempts after full obedience will be failures until we get access to His abiding fellowship. And I was with you in weakness and in much fear and trembling; and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. Most certainly. In First Timothy he says, "Great is the mystery of godliness," (1 Timothy 3:16 KJV). --PSALM xxv. Neither I, nor thou, nor any man upon the earth. In my text he exchanges, "He is Faithful that Promised." You will never understand life, and you will never understand the conflicts you have in your home between yourself and your wife, or your children, or your parents, or with your neighbors, or anyone else, until you understand this secret, this mystery of lawlessness. "For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?" We love to read the messages in printed form, and some are studying them. never follow thine own paths. 1. This was not unlike Plato's theory that maintained a higher truth existed. We can't get away from that, although we might like to. He is talking about the leaders of human thought -- the philosophers, the statesmen, the molders and fashioners of world opinion, the poets, the politicians -- those who lead people in every realm of life. How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" (See Eph. The Bible says: For the LORD is God, and he created the heavens and earth and put everything in place. "But," he says, "God has revealed these secrets to us, by his Spirit. And, "The sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us," (Romans 8:18 RSV). Because his father Jacob had sired Joseph in his old age, the first to whom his favorite wife Rachel had given birth, Joseph was a favorite son. Confirmation by example. In the multitude of the sorrows which I had in my heart, Thy comforts have refreshed. He is their God and they are his people, and that knowledge brings in its wake tremendous responsibilities. At last we must cry out with the apostle as we stand before the greatness of God and say, "Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! Perpetually reminds us of our duty, and leads to meditation on divine providence. He was sent to teach and to preach. Who is he who hath the happiest lot? Or we might invoke the authority of Jesus Christ -- and of course all final authority rests there. Significantly, it was to Paul, not Peter, that "the secret of the gospel" was first revealed. Finally, we stand before the mystery of God himself, this mighty Being, this wonderful God -- three persons, yet one God -- whose ways are different than our ways, greater and higher, who teaches us to lose life in order that we might gain it, that if we are going to live, we have to die, that if we are going to reign, we must become a servant of others, that if we are going to become rich, we must accept poverty and loss, who constantly rules with undeviating justice, and yet with warm, heartfelt, absolutely unending love. As we close, I would like to ask you for a moment to pray silently before God and answer whatever the Spirit of God is asking your own heart. 7 No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. My challenge to you is to ask yourself how faithful a steward you are of these great secrets. When you’re in close personal fellowship with God, you’re under His shadow, under His protection. The Gospel of Barnabas: Secret Bible? Many love Jesus so long as no, The question trembles from many a lip--If I get the blessing, may I lose it? Psalm 91:1–2 says, "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. And they promise what they sincerely want to deliver when they get into office. We want to be strong and genuine and healthy and whole and wholesome, imparting health and strength to others as well. They solve the problems of life, explain its puzzles. But sometimes even Christians use that phraseology because we are falling heir to the philosophy of the world about us which tries to obscure the kingdom of God and act as though it isn't there. It is simply the fantastic, radical principle that God intends to live in man. Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. xxv. Do you have any idea how dark this world would be, how completely hopeless life would be, without the slightest bit of relief, were it not for the dissemination of these secrets of God through the centuries already -- by Christian people? Its connection with the subject of faith. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. The Secret Plan of God 3 1-3 This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. We must submit to some master. Safe Walking. "All the Paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies." God has not only gone public with this secret, but he invites us and longs for us to know it. Who is he that hath everything according to his will? It would appear that Joseph had inherited some very basic, yet important, spiritual qualities from the great spiritual patriarchs before him… You can never escape the struggle, but you can win! And they are essential to life. Simply put, it is the teaching that Jesus Christ will return twice! It is God who produces nature. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glorification. 6. The speaker in the book of Job was thinking of this Great Teacher when he asked--"Who teacheth like him?" Do you know how to handle it? Man wrestles with injustice, evil, and the inability to make real social progress -- and always has. It is in the secret place that we are most vulnerable with God and most deeply experience His intimate love. Does a “secret Bible” discovered in a Turkish smuggling sting contain the real truth about the identity of Jesus Christ? How much can I handle this kind of truth? xxv: 8-9. How much can I impart it? 6. Who is he who hath the happiest lot? Many follow Jesus that they may eat of His loaves, but few that they may drink of the cup of His passion. I share with you something which has been troubling me: I am disturbed at how few of our people really have habits of personal Bible study. But, nature is what is there. How much we need to give ourselves to it, Lord. Now, let me say something out of the depths of my pastoral heart: You will never be a faithful steward of the mysteries of God that way. In the multitude of the sorrows which I had in my heart, Thy comforts have refreshed …Charles Kingsley—Out of the Deep, 'Good and upright is the Lord; therefore will He teach sinners in the way. But when they get there they can't do it. Some are using them as they are intended to be used -- as guidelines to prompt your own study. Moreover it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy [faithful to their task]. From what has been said, upon the foregoing heads, it is, A Discourse Concerning the Being and Attributes of God. Blind to good and evil, reckless to destruction, omnipotent matter rolls on its relentless way. The Secret Code of the Bible. Christ who is the great secret in the bible. And he is the Redeemer, of whom the prophet Isaiah was telling when he said--He …Richard Newton—The Life of Jesus Christ for the Young, Out of the Deep of Suffering and Sorrow. In Chapter 4, Verses 1 and 2, there is a beautiful statement describing what a Christian is: This is how one should regard us [Christians], as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. "Well," somebody says, "that is fine for you Christians. Why art thou disquieted because it happeneth not to thee according to thy wishes and desires? The paths of the Lord? A transition to the doctrine of prayer. Work through our lives to heal many, we pray, and above all, make us faithful stewards of these secrets. I have discovered that you can fall through the roof even though you are a pastor of a church! Therefore it is essential that we understand these mysteries. Here in Peninsula Bible Church, and among the Christian community around the world, the ultimate authority is the Scriptures. This is said to be a code that can only be deciphered using sophisticated computer generated computations. I take it that you’re familiar with the part I was given in God’s plan for including everybody. There is no reason why we should fail; God has made ample provision against failure; we must not expect to fail; but in case we do fail, provision has been made. xxv: 8-9. I hope you have learned already that a Christian resolves his puzzles and riddles and the difficult questions of life on the basis of the authority of the Word of God. If thou dost so, thou wilt be in danger often of following sight rather than faith,--choosing the evil, and refusing the good. Our focus today is on God’s hidden, or secret will, which is alluded to … He has made ample provision for failure. Even he who is strong to suffer somewhat for God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit. But "commit thy way unto the Lord, and He shall bring it to pass." You don't have to be torn apart and discouraged and bored and jealous and envious and anxious and fretful. Many are astonished at His Miracles, few follow after the shame of His Cross. You will never be able to demonstrate these secrets in your own life until you personally begin to dig deeper into the Scriptures yourself, and find them out for yourself. You can be confronted with puzzling and baffling experiences you don't know the answers to. It is amazing each year how people fall for that, never seem able to see through those who make promises, and change them with the wind, in order to get elected. The God that he interacted with in the Old Testament was a lesser god. Those who possess the Holy Spirit can hear and understand these secrets of God." That is what God calls us to learn. Through us, Lord, heal the blight of humanity around us -- the curse and the darkness and the corruption and the despair which is so evident about us. The first is Joseph. And it is waiting for Christians to demonstrate -- so that when you get upset or anxious or attacked, you don't react as a non-Christian would. This is the answer -- this secret of God. How we struggle with this! And they know how to do it! We are stewards of the mysteries of God. 2. It is superseded by no other authority. And the older we grow, the less reason we seem to have for living. He hath many seekers of comfort, but few of tribulation. Oh! But nearer to death, no nearer to God. There are many passages in Scripture which speak of that change, of what God is going to do in the future, what he is preparing us for. Christians are said to be stewards of the mysteries of God. Men deny the existence of this secret kingdom. And it does not requi… That despair has spread throughout the world in our day. The speaker in the book of Job was thinking of this Great Teacher when he asked--"Who teacheth like him?" We must obey some authority. The great (and often hidden) reward of fasting is God himself. Therefore, what it says is final. 2. The knowledge of these secrets doesn't remove us from conflict. He wrote: Brief, powerless is man's life. Many are astonished at His Miracles, few follow after the shame of His Cross. “Open your mouth wide,” he says, as we empty our stomachs, “and I will fill it” (Psalm 81:10). He findeth many companions of His table, but few of His fasting. One of the greatest secrets scattered throughout the Scriptures is what you find referred to repeatedly as "the mystery of the kingdom of God" -- the secret government of earth, if you like. Darby Bible Translation The secret of Jehovah is with them that fear him, that he may make known his covenant to them. For permission to use this content, please review That is senseless. You can win, by means of the secret of godliness. This is the fact that in the midst of the world around us, with nature and people and books and trees and houses and all the other visibilities of life -- right in the midst of it, permeating all of it, and governing and controlling everything -- is a secret, invisible kingdom. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. This is what you have put us here for in this brief span of earthly life -- that we might learn these eternal truths which will flash in glory forever through the endless reaches of eternity. Job xxxvi: 22. Fast “in secret…and your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (v. 18). Our Father, we ask you to forgive us for the neglect of your Word. There is no way by which we could possibly spend the time necessary to think and study through everything ourselves. We accept your immediate forgiveness for our failure, but we want to go on from here, Lord. 9 However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no … All desire to rejoice with Him, few are willing to undergo anything for His sake. The {m} secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. The phrase “shadow of the Almighty” symbolizes God’s protection. Mysteries, in Scripture, are not 'Who Done Its.' 10. Website © 2020 by Ray Stedman Ministries. A general summary of what is contained in the previous part of the work. Prayer defined. But how do you know the Bible is the Word of God?" 6:4 ). He hath many seekers of comfort, but few of tribulation. We must accept authority. 'Show me Thy ways, O Lord,' he asks in a previous verse; where he means by 'Thy ways,' not God's dealings with men, but men's conduct as prescribed by God. So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. lxix. for …John Ross Macduff—The Faithful Promiser, On the Contemplation of Human MiseryThou art miserable wheresoever thou art, and whithersoever thou turnest, unless thou turn thee to God. lxix. The second law of thermodynamics, which insists upon decay and loss, will be reversed, and things will get better and better, and greater and greater, and richer and richer, and higher and higher to an infinity beyond our comprehension. It is God's holy presence, consciously abiding with us, that keeps us from disobeying Him. He does not want us to merely know about this secret — not to merely preach it, explain it, enjoy the idea of it, or wish for it — but to know it by experience. Read The Secret to Loving God Much (Luke 7:41-50) - Your Daily Bible Verse - August 14 from today's daily devotional. God is in control of history. It is nothing but a cold, cosmic machine, cranking on its relentless way ... if you don't recognize the kingdom of God as Jesus revealed it -- the heavenly Father with his heart of concern for his own, his intimate knowledge of even the hairs of your head and every other part of your body and being. What truth! We all have grave problems. "The Holy Ghost whom God hath, be convinced of the truth and certainty of the Christian religion, and be persuaded to make it the rule and guide of all their actions, would not be convinced, (so far as to influence their practice and reform their lives,) by any other evidence whatsoever; no, not though one should rise on purpose from the dead to endeavour to convince them. Christ was the One who existed in the form of God yet emptied Himself, and in His incarnation, took the form of a slave, humbled Himself, and became obedient even unto the death of the cross. Sometimes the believer is under such a distemper of weakness and deadness, that there is almost no commanded duty that he can go about; his heart and all is so dead, that he cannot so much as groan under that deadness. Why art thou disquieted because it happeneth not to thee according to thy wishes and desires? Lord, teach us, then to be faithful stewards of the mysteries of God. (Romans 11:33 KJV). Its necessity and use. These are what mark this as God's book, the essential book about life. God rewards Christian fasting because it attunes us to the very purpose of God in the universe: to magnify himself in our desiring, enjoying, and being satisfied in him. Its necessity and use. Prayer defined. 1, 2. This is the secret of it. 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