The Book of Ephesians ~ Chapter 1:8 – 9 ~ The Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age ~ The Ten Unique Factors of the Church Age

Vol. 14 No. 27

Eph 1 7 - 8

Vs. 8

The concepts of vs. 7 are emphasized and compounded in vs. 8, “Which He lavished upon us. In all wisdom and insight.”

Lavished” is the Greek verb PERISSEUO περισσεύω in the Aorist, Active, Indicative. It means, “to be more than enough, to have an abundance of, super abounding, to be superior, or to excel in.” From classical Greek it is used here to denote the quality and abundance of God’s grace blessings we possess and to indicate their abundant presence in our life. These riches of grace have been showered on us in profusion, that is, God has abundantly supplied everything necessary for our salvation and spiritual walk.

Next we have the phrase, “in all wisdom and insight,” which applies to God and what He has done for us, and it links with vs. 9 regarding how we come to know all these things.

Wisdom” is SOPHIA that is synonymous to the Hebrew CHOKMAH meaning, “skill, insight, sound judgment, and practical wisdom.” It is the knowledge which sees into the heart of things, and knows them as they really are. Here it stands for the application of God’s omniscience and refers to God applying His decree towards the believer.
Insight” is PHRONESIS φρόνησις that means, “Thought, understanding, way of thinking, frame of mind, intention, or judgment.” Used only here and Luke 1:17, PHRONESIS refers to practical wisdom; objective thinking. It is the understanding and discernment that leads to right action. Here it represents the fullness with which God has given His grace to believers emphasizing the totality of doctrine, knowledge, ethics, and especially practical wisdom when blessing the believer. Therefore, God made a right and just decision when He pardoned us from our sins through His Son Jesus Christ.

Principle:

Just as God has loved us, we should love Him. The love of God has abundantly blessed us, and with the knowledge of His love towards us, we should reciprocate His love by learning His Word and growing spiritually, thereby loving and serving Him more and more, “in all wisdom and insight,” Phil 1:9.

Phil 1:9, “That your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment.”

This is the theme of vs. 9.

Vs. 9

Eph 1:9, “He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him.”

He made known” is the Aorist, Active Participle in the Nominative Singular, of GNORIZO, γνωρίζω
that means, “make known, reveal or declare.” It should be translated, “having made known.”

The ones God has revealed His great plan of redemption and blessings to are you and I, the believer, i.e., “to us” HEMEIS, ἡμεῖς in the Dative. This is a Dative of indirect object indicating the one in whose interest the action is being performed. From this we get the Dative of advantage. It is advantageous for us to learn “the mystery of His will,” which He has revealed to us.

The mystery of His will,” is HO MUSTERION HO THELEMA.

MUSTERION, μυστήριον means, “secret, secret teaching, mystery, anything hidden or unrevealed.” It refers to something kept hidden until a certain time, something only God could reveal. It does not describe something mysterious, but something that remains hidden until God chooses to reveal it.

Primarily, Paul used this word for the fact that there is no distinction in the New Testament Church Age between Jews and Gentiles. We are one body in Christ. In this verse the mystery reveals the predesigned plan of God for all of mankind’s redemption through the blood (sacrifice) of Jesus Christ that He has given to anyone (Jew or Gentile) who would believe in Him. This includes “every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies,” vs. 3, emphasized by their sanctification, vs. 4.

This word was first used by our Lord in the parable of the seeds sown into different soils in Mat 13:12, Mark 4:10-11, prophesying that the disciples would soon know the details of God’s plan for salvation.

Mat 13:11, “And He answered and said to them, ‘To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted’.”

MUSTERION refers to the classification of Bible Doctrine known as Church Age truth. This was hidden from the O.T. saints but is now revealed through the Church Age apostles, cf. Eph 3:1-5.

His will,” THELEMA, is used for the sovereign free will volition of God. MUSTERION and THELEMA combined stand for God the Father’s great plan of Salvation for mankind through His Son Jesus Christ, which is indicated in the last phrase, “which He purposed in Him.”

Purposed” is the Aorist, Middle, Indicative of PROTITHEMI, προτίθημι that means, “set forth, display openly; plan, purpose, design beforehand or predetermine.” It stands for God’s Divine Decree from eternity past; the Predesigned Protocol Plan of God cf. Eph 1:11; Rom 8:28.

In Him” once again emphasizes our Union with Jesus Christ, and that everything that God has done for us is based on the completed work of Jesus Christ upon the Cross.

This was all done, as in vs. 5, “according to His kind intention,” KATA HO EUDOKIA AUTOS, i.e., “according to His good pleasure,” or better, “according to the standard of His good thinking.

The Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age

  • As stated above, a mystery refers to something that was held in secret, known to only a select few. MUSTERION, used 27 times in the N.T. is an ancient Greek word from the old Babylonian and Roman pagan cults and modern lodges or fraternities that had/have secret rights and rituals that only the initiated knew. It was the imparting of secret knowledge. The popular use is that which is mysterious or unknowable, but that is not how it is used in the N.T., because these doctrines are revealed and knowable.
  • God chose to use this word to explain the doctrines of the Church Age that He withheld from the O.T. saints. The N.T. mysteries are not indeed secrets to be withheld, but things to be published and revealed in the N.T. In fact, Jesus Christ first used this terminology in Scripture to indicate that the Church Age disciple would soon understand Bible doctrines that the unbeliever cannot understand, Mat 13:11, Mark 4:10-11; Luke 8:10. Paul uses it 21 times.
  • Even though these things are called a mystery, they have been revealed to the Church Age believer in the N.T. The “mysteries” comprise practically all the added truth found in the N.T., including the march of lawlessness towards the Tribulation, 2 Thes 2:7.
  • The primary mystery that has been revealed is that Jesus Christ personally indwells every believer and that every Church Age believer is in union with Jesus Christ, Col 1:25-27; Eph 5:32, whether he is Jewish or Gentile, Eph 3:1-6, cf. 1 Tim 3:16. Therefore, it reveals the great power experiment of the Church Age.

Col 1:25-27, “Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, 26that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations; but has now been manifested to His saints, 27to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Eph 5:32, “This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.”

  • During the O.T. dispensation less than 1% of the believers where endued with the Holy Spirit. But in the Church Age 100% of believers are indwelt with not only the Holy Spirit but also Jesus Christ and God the Father.
  • The Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age was not revealed in the O.T.; Church Age doctrine was blacked out in the O.T. In the epistles of the N.T. the word “mystery” refers to various aspects of Church Age doctrine that has now been revealed, Eph 3:2-6. It refers to the great power experiment of the Church Age, which was totally unknown to the O.T. writers, yet is now revealed to Church Age believers through the N.T., Rom 16:25‑26; Col 1:26‑27.

Romans 16:25-26, “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 which has been kept secret for long ages past, 26but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith.”

  • Mystery Doctrine includes the blindness or hardness of Israel during the Church Age, which is part of the Fifth Cycle of Discipline for Israel, Rom 11:25.

Rom 11:25, “For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own estimation, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.”

  • The mystery as Church Age doctrine was a part of the Divine decrees in eternity past, 1 Cor 2:7.

1 Cor 2:7, “But we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory.”

  • The pastor or minister is responsible for communicating Church Age doctrine. This is called the stewardship of the mysteries, 1 Cor 2:7; 4:1.

1 Cor 4:1, “Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.”

  • The Rapture of the Church is a part of the Mystery doctrine, 1 Cor 15:51. This means that the Rapture of the Church was not revealed in O.T. times.

1 Cor 15:51, “Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.”

  • Mystery doctrine is always related to the Dispensation of the Church and only to the Church Age, Eph 1:9; 3:2-3.
  • Mystery doctrine is understood through the function of GAP, Col 2:2; 1 Tim 3:9.

Col 2:2, “That their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself.”

1 Tim 3:9, “Holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.”

The Mystery Doctrine for the Church Age is one of the “Ten Unique Factors of the Church Age.”

The Ten Unique Factors of the Church Age

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Prophesied in John 14:20; Acts 1:5, and fulfilled in Acts 2:4 on the Day of Pentecost.

This is the permanent indwelling of God the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation coupled with the ministry of God the Holy Spirit, whereby at salvation He takes every person who believes in Jesus Christ during the Church Age and enters them into union with the person of Jesus Christ. By this we become Royal Family of God.

1 Cor 12:13, “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” Cf. Gal 3:26-28.

This is the transitional link between the great power experiment of the hypostatic union and the great power experiment of the Church Age.

It is the basis for creating a new spiritual species, (New Creation/New Creature), for the utilization of Divine power, available in three categories to every Church Age believer, regardless of any other factor, 2 Cor 5:17; Gal 6:15.

The Unique Predesigned Protocol Plan of God (PPPG or P3G). We are in a unique dispensation called the Church Age or the Age of Grace, Eph 3:2, “Stewardship / Dispensation of God’s Grace.”

Because the Church Age believer is royalty, he functions under protocol. You must learn the mechanics of how to live as royalty. Protocol is how to live and not to live, how to think and what not to think, and what your proper motivation should be. God has given you the Divine Power System (GPS) as a palace in which to live. Everything you do in that palace is by the enabling power of the Holy Spirit. Perfect God has provided His own perfect truth and perfect power for the execution of the protocol plan of God for this Church Age. The Predesigned Protocol Plan of God was designed in eternity past exclusively for the Royal Family of God in the Church Age, making the Church Age absolutely unique.

1 Cor 1:25, (NLT), “This “foolish” plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength.”

The Unique Equality Factor related to Election and Predestination of the PPPG.

Rom 10:12, “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him.” Cf., Gal 3:28; Col 3:11; Rom 8:29-30, 33; Eph 1:4.

  • Election expresses the sovereignty of God for every Church Age believer. It provides equal privilege in our Royal Priesthood and equal opportunity in our logistical grace support. It is your privilege and support to live in His Plan
  • Predestination is the provision of the sovereignty of God for each member of the Royal Family. It provides equal privilege in the Baptism of the Spirit and equal opportunity inside God’s power system (GPS). It is your privilege and opportunity to function in His Plan.

Our Portfolio of Invisible Assets.

God is perfect, His plan is perfect. Since we are incapable of executing a perfect plan, it is necessary for God to provide us with the assets to execute His plan. Therefore, God provided for every believer his very own unique Portfolio of Invisible Assets billions of years ago in eternity past, Eph 1:3‑7.  It is defined by the “Riches of His Glory,” Eph 3:16, which includes:

  • Primary Assets: Escrow blessings and assets of Election and Predestination.
  • Secondary Assets: Volitional assets, production assets, the assets of undeserved suffering for blessing, and the assets of invisible impact, (i.e., personal, national, international, and angelic).
  • Personnel Assets: Spiritual gifts.
  • Unique Assets: (points 1-3, 5-8 of this doctrine).

The Unique Royal Commissions, whereby every believer is a Royal Priest, representing himself to God, and a Royal Ambassador, representing God to man, 1 Peter 2:9; Rev 1:6; 5:10; 2 Cor 5:20; Eph 6:20; Philemon 1:9

The Unique Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age is now revealed in the epistles of the New Testament, 1 Cor 2:7; Rom 16:25‑26; Eph 1:9; 3:1-6, 9; Col 1:25-27; 1 Tim 3:9.

Church Age doctrine, now revealed in the New Testament epistles, was unknown to the writers of the Old Testament scriptures. The uniqueness of the Church Age was kept totally secret from previous dispensations. No Church Age doctrine or characteristics are ever mentioned in the O.T. Therefore, we have been provided with a destiny from eternity past designed for the glorification of God and blessing for the believer that is “exceedingly abundantly above all we could ever ask or think.” The only way to walk in your destiny is to know the mystery Doctrines for the Church Age.

The Unique Indwelling of All Three Persons of the Trinity, John 14:20-26; Rom 8:10-11, 1 Cor 3:16; 6:19-20; 2 Cor 3:6; 6:16; Eph 1:3, 6, 12; 4:6.

Never before in history and never after the Rapture is the believer indwelt by God the Father, Son or Holy Spirit.  But now we have the indwelling of all three members of the Trinity, giving us a unique relationship with God with unique power to fulfill God’s plan for our lives to His glory.

The Unique Availability of Divine Power to Every Believer, (GPS), Eph 1:19-20; 3:16, 20.

Divine power has always been available to a few believers in every dispensation but never before in history has there been maximum availability of Divine power and maximum emphasis on the use of Divine power to fulfill God’s purpose, plan and will for your life. The same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is available to us, Eph 1:19-20.

  • The omnipotence of God the Father is related to our Portfolio of Invisible Assets, Eph 3:14-21.
  • The omnipotence of God the Son preserves and perpetuates human history, Deut 33:26; Rom 13:1-7; 1 Tim 2:1-3; 1 Peter 2:13.
  • The omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit is the power inside our very own palace, God’s Power System (GPS) for you, Acts 1:8; John 14:26; Rom 15:13; 1 Thes 1:5.

This is the only Dispensation of No Prophecy, only historical trends. The Church Age is the only dispensation where there is no prophecy during the course of the dispensation. There are only two prophecies in the Church Age, which are its book ends.

  • The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, which began the Church Age, was prophesied by our Lord in John 14:20; Acts 1:5, (just before He ascended).
  • The Rapture of the Church is the next prophetical event, 1 Cor 6:14; 15:50-52; Phil 3:11; Titus 2:13; 1 Thes 4:13‑18; 5:9‑10; 1 John 3:2‑3; 2 Thes 2:1-9.

Rev 3:11, “I will be coming soon; seize what you have so that no one may take away your crown.”

This is why the Rapture is always called imminent, because there is no intervening prophecy to be fulfilled.

This is the Only Dispensation of Invisible Heroes, Eph 3:1-13; 4:11-16.

These passages emphasize the principle of the invisible hero. Other dispensation are dominated by visible heroes, the Church is that of the invisible hero. Invisible God plus invisible assets plus invisible power equals invisible heroes. An invisible hero is a mature believer who has advanced to spiritual adulthood and has a five-fold impact on history: Personal, National, International, Angelic, and Heritage impact.

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you can be an invisible hero; for the great power experiment of the Church Age is designed to make an invisible hero out of you. But it requires your perception of Bible doctrine, especially the Mystery Doctrines for the Church Age, and your utilization of Divine omnipotence inside GPS.

Conclusion:

So these are ten unique factors that make the Church Age, Age of Grace, unique from other dispensations. The uniqueness lies primarily in the assets and power God has uniquely given to every believer, so that they can execute and fulfill His Predesigned Protocol Plan for their lives; all to His glory. The uniqueness includes:

  • The Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
  • The Predesigned Protocol Plan of God.
  • The Equality Factors of Election and Predestination.
  • The Portfolio of Invisible Assets.
  • The Two Royal Commissions: Royal Priesthood and Royal Ambassadorship.
  • The Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age.
  • The Indwelling of all Three Persons of the Trinity.
  • The Availability of Divine Power.
  • The Dispensation of No Prophecy.
  • The Dispensation of Invisible Heroes.

If you would like more information on this subject, you may watch/listen to lesson #’s:

15-075, 15-076 & 15-077

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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore our sins will never be held against us. Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life. To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life. So right now you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:

“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ,

died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”

If you have done that, I welcome you to the eternal Family of God!

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