The “Secret” Revealed To Paul

Greetings!

In Ephesians 3:2-3, Paul writes that a “secret”  was personally revealed to him by a “revelation”, and it involved a dispensation or administration concerning “the grace of God” towards the Gentile nations. He also called it the “secret of Christ” in verse 4 and referred to it as the “secret of the evangel” in Ephesians 6:19. This is also confirmed in Romans 16:25-26.

He goes on to say that this “secret” was NOT, and was NEVER made known in past generations….until it was divinely revealed to him (Colossians 1:26-27). Quite simply, the “secret” proclaimed that called believers from the Gentile nations (you and me) were to become “JOINT PARTAKERS” and “FELLOW HEIRS”  with the Israelites, and ON EQUAL FOOTING! In times past, a Gentile could only hope for proselyte status with the Jewish nation, and a far more subordinate role and much less inheritance.

Now, however, there was to be a “joint body” (Body of Christ) whereby the Gentile “nations” enjoyed FULL inheritance status with the Israelites (Ephesians 2:19, 3:5-6).

He continues that this “administration of the secret”, having  been “hid from the ages in God” (verse 9) was also a display of the “many kinds of wisdom of God” to the “principalities and authorities in the heavenly places”….and, was in accord with God’s “purpose of the ages (eons)” (verse 11).

Additionally, those believers from the nations (Gentiles) called under Paul’s “secret administration” did NOT have to observe ANY ELEMENTS of Jewish Law except (1) keep from things sacrificed to idols (2)keep from blood and from things strangled (3)keep from fornication. This can be found in Acts 15:4-20, especially in verses 18-20.

The Jewish believers (Peter, John, James, et al), on the other hand, had been instructed by Jesus Himself to keep ALL the elements of the Law “until all is accomplished”. (Matthew 5:17-18).

Galatians 2:7-9 reveals it was established on Paul’s second visit to Jerusalem that it was agree by all that he had been entrusted with the evangel to the ‘Uncircumcision’ (we Gentile believers) whereas Peter was entrusted with the evangel to the ‘Circumcision’ (the Jewish believers). Paul confirms this in 1 Timothy 2:7, Romans 11:13, 2 Timothy 1:11 and Romans 15:16.

So, even though “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16), the writings of Paul are specifically addressed to us as Gentile believers.

Later, in Christ,

Fred

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4 comments on “The “Secret” Revealed To Paul

  1. Karl Dimario says:

    Hi great site ,just a couple of questions that have been bugging me.Ephesians 1/23 says the body which fills all In all , now is the body which fills all in all , everyone that’s ever lived or the called out ones the believers which are the all in all. I know the all in all in Corinth 15/28 seems to be everyone but ephs 1/23 is not so clear.
    Also what constitutes a believer in your opinion ? the traditional Christian view differs quite a lot to say me and you , but both parties still believe the Christ to be the messiah. Your opinion would be appreciated . Thanks Karl

    • Hey Karl, and thanks for your comments.

      Ephesians 1:23 is referring to the same time mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:28.

      A believer is anyone God has called and given the Holy Spirit to, which in turn, enables that person to ‘believe’. Without the Holy Spirit, no human can truly believe the things of God and Christ Jesus and they are foolishness (‘stupidity’…. Concordant Literal New Testament) to them (1 Corinthians 2:14).

      I hope this helps and all the best to you in Christ Jesus.

      Fred

      • Karl Dimario says:

        Thanks for the reply , you are right before I had the Holy Spirit the things of God were foolish .But things were still foolish to me until I realized the true purpose of God thru the secret given to paul , which is the mystery in the salvation of all , this was not a instant revelation for me .

      • You are most welcome! You are right in that the truth about the salvation of all brings it all together.

        Take care. Fred

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