Wednesday, October 28, 2015
“Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:” (Colossians 1:25,26 KJV).
Dispensational Bible Study enables us to see and appreciate the final revelation from God. Satan is thus utterly embarrassed!
The Lord Jesus “was crucified through weakness” (2 Corinthians 13:4). On the cross, He looked so hopeless and so helpless. Surely, Satan, in his demented mind, greatly delighted to see the Lord of glory suffer horrifically at the hands of sinful man. Satan was exuberant when Jesus bowed His head and gave up the ghost. As they took Him down from the cross and buried Him, Satan was overwhelmingly pleased with himself. The disciples were heartbroken. The Man who had promised to save them, was now dead. All their hopes and dreams were buried with Him. Yes, Father God buried His Son that day, but certainly Father God did not bury His program that day!
Three days later, Satan got the shock of his life. The Lord Jesus was alive! His disciples were equally amazed. God’s program for Israel had not ended. Jesus Christ began to preach about that kingdom deliverance again. We can imagine how furious Satan became! What in the world could he do to a Man whom he had already murdered, and who had been resurrected? Nothing! But the greatest shock was yet to come!
With the conversion and ministry of the Apostle Paul in Acts chapter 9, the ascended Lord Jesus Christ revealed a secret. While God had been revealing prophecy prior to Paul—that “which God hath spoken by the mouth all his holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:21)—He had deliberately withheld the mystery. When we come to Paul, we read, “the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest” (Romans 16:25,26; cf. today’s Scripture). What is “the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery?” It is the doctrine that exposes Satan as the foolish loser that he is!
Beloved, we glory in Jesus Christ as we present to you our special edition Bible Q&A #200: “What is Acts 9/28 Hybrid Theology?”