THE MYSTERY OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
Mark 4:11 “And He said to them, ‘To you it has been given to know the mystery (secret or hidden truths) of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables.’”
The word mystery appears in the King James version of the Bible twenty-two times, and five times in plural, mysteries, all twenty-seven times in the New Testament, the word
mystery or mysteries does not appear in the Old Testament in the King James version of the Bible.
The Hebrew alphabet consists of twenty-two letters, and it was believed by many of the Jewish Rabbis of old that God created the entire universe and everything that exists within it, with those twenty-two letters, since God spoke everything into existence.
Five of those twenty-two letters in the Hebrew alphabet have what is called a final form, what that means is that whenever one of those five letters appears at the end of a Hebrew word, it changes its form.
Psalm 119, for example, was written to give us insight into the meaning of each one of those letters, and to each one of those twenty-two letters in the Hebrew alphabet, eight verses have been dedicated by God in Psalm 119, to reveal the spiritual meaning of each one of those letters; that is why Psalm 119 has 176 verses, 22 X 8 = 176
And in many Bibles, you will see a Hebrew letter heading the eight verses that correspond to that letter in Psalm 119.
Psalm 119:137 “Righteous are You, O Lord, and upright are Your judgments.”
צ normal form ץ final form
Verse 137 begins to describe the spiritual meaning of the eighteenth letter in the Hebrew alphabet; TSADDE which is one of the five that have a final form, in its normal form this letter looks like a man that is kneeling with his hands together and looking up, and praying to God, in the final form of this same letter, it changes to where it looks like the same man that is praying is now standing before God.
The Hebrew letter TSADDE which is the equivalent of our letter R, in the Hebrew alphabet stands for righteousness, that is why verse 137 begins with the words, Righteous are You, O Lord, but if you look at the following words, and upright, it reveals the final form of the letter where the man praying to God is now standing in the upright position.
Proverbs 12:7 “...But the house of the righteous will stand.”
So that the spiritual meaning that this Hebrew letter conveys is that the righteous who now kneel and pray before God, will one day stand before God in the final day of judgment and give Him glory, for he trusted and loved the Word of God that made him righteous and pure before the Lord, and enabled him to stand before God.
Psalm 119:140 “Your word is very pure; therefore Your servant loves it.”
So that when we add the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet to the five letters that have final forms it adds up to twenty-seven.
There are twenty-seven books in the New Testament where all the twenty-two hidden mystery and five final mysteries are revealed, isn’t that amazing!
The first time where the word mystery appears in the KJV Bible, is in our opening text, and it is the only time that Jesus uses it.
To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God.
Mystery = Secret or hidden truths.
When Jesus was alone with those who were following Him, His disciples asked Him what was the meaning of the parable that He told everyone publicly, it was then that Jesus revealed to them that they now had the capacity of understanding the secrets or hidden truths that the Word of God came to reveal.
What was it that made them different than the rest of the crowd?
1 Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are (have to be) spiritually discerned.”
Since no one can be born again unless he is born of the Spirit of God, those who are not born again cannot know the mysteries that Jesus the Word of God reveals to us, for it is required of us to have the Spirit of God dwelling inside of us in order for us to be able to know and understand these hidden truths that only the Holy Spirit can reveal.
Mark 4:12 “So that ‘Seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand; lest they should turn, and their sins be forgiven them.’”
One can only become born again by been born of the Spirit of God, so that no one who is not born again is able to understand the mysteries or hidden truths without having the Holy Spirit reveal it to them.
But for those of us who believe, access has been granted to us to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God, but yet, not every believer takes advantage of this privilege that has been granted to us in the New Testament, and we should.
Romans 11:25 “For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery…”
How do I acquire insight into these truths that lay hidden within the Word of God?
Romans 16:25 “Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began.”
The revelation of the mystery begins with the unveiling of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and what it does for us who believe.
1 Corinthians 2:7, 10 “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory... But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.”
Obviously, you can see the potential for edification as we explore the meaning of all these secrets that have now been made available for all of us who believe, and I hope that this lesson will encourage you to search the benefits of knowing the revelation of these mysteries.
But for the purpose of this lesson, I just want to deal with the revelation of two of these mysteries, for I believe that knowledge about them is crucial in order for us to gain understanding from God about these hidden truths.
The Mystery of Lawlessness.
The Mystery of Godliness.
2 Thessalonians 2:7 “For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.”
1 Timothy 3:16 “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness…”
What is the mystery of lawlessness?
Romans 7:19-21 “For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law (this law is the mystery of lawlessness), that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.”
The mystery of lawlessness resides in this fact:
Romans 7:18 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.”
This law of sin and death is many times stronger than the law of gravity and just as persistent, for it never quits and it never gives up.
But notice how Paul writes that in the flesh it is impossible to find how to perform the good that we desire to attain.
So how do we attain the spiritual revelation that will enable us to do the right things that we should be doing? Let us look at the mystery of godliness again.
1 Timothy 3:16 “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.”
Here is revelation; Jesus crucified His sinless flesh to the cross to make a place available for us to crucify our sinful flesh on His cross.
Jesus was justified in the Spirit, so that those who crucify their sinful flesh to the cross can be made justified in their spirits, and able to avail themselves of the revelation of this mystery of godliness.
Jesus was not only seen by angels, but His atoning sacrifice on the cross reverberated through all the demonic hierarchies reaching to hell itself, so that the power of lawlessness becomes neutered by the precious blood of Jesus that cries out of God’s heavenly temple: Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lamb!
He was preached among the Gentiles to proclaim the fact that God is no respecter of persons, for all have sinned, therefore all can be saved by His precious Son’s atoning sacrifice.
The world believed in Him, for He is God’s demonstration of love to the world.
And He was taken up and received in glory, where He sits at the right hand of the Father, where He forever makes intercession for us, His treasured possessions.
So, what do I do the next time that this mystery of lawlessness rises up against my flesh and causes me to feel like our next verse?
Romans 7:24 “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
This is what we do, and this is what we say, and this is what we believe:
I AM FREE FROM FAILURE!
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
I AM FREE FROM WANT!
Philippians 4:19 “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
I AM FREE FROM FEAR!
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
I AM FREE FROM DOUBT!
Romans 12:3 “...As God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”
I AM FREE FROM WEAKNESS!
Psalm 27:1 “...The Lord is the strength of my life...”
I AM FREE FROM THE POWER OF SATAN!
1 John 4:4 “...He who is in you is greater than he that is in the world.”
I AM FREE FROM DEFEAT!
2 Corinthians 2:14 “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ…”
I AM FREE FROM IGNORANCE!
1 Corinthians 1:30 “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.”
I AM FREE FROM SIN!
1 John 1:7 “...And the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
I AM FREE FROM WORRY!
1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
I AM FREE FROM BONDAGE!
2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
I AM FREE FROM CONDEMNATION!
Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
I know that the greatest mystery of all is that God loves us intensely, and why should He not love us, after all He created us for His pleasure.
And we bring Him the greatest pleasure when we believe His Word above whatever our situation is.
I AM DEAD TO SIN, FOR I AM ALIVE IN JESUS CHRIST!