Stewards of the Mysteries

Greetings to All,

"Let a man so account of us, as of the minister of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God." (1 Cor. 4:1).

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called at his conversion (Acts 26:16,18), to be an apostle, set apart from others, at birth (Gal. 1:15,16); at his conversion, (Acts 9:15); and work (Acts 13:2); unto the gospel of God (Acts 20:24). This dispensation of the gospel was committed unto Paul (1 Cor. 9:17) and is called the dispensation of the grace of God (Eph. 3:2).

The gospel is concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, Which was made of the seed of David (Mary being the seed of David), Who was born (Gal. 4:4), Christ being "the Seed of the woman (Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23), according to the flesh, And declared by even the angel Gabriel (Luke 1:35), to be the Son of God. Coming with power (a power of reproducing itself), according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: (a body prepared for resurrection).

Those who hear the gospel message given Paul and believe, are "the called of Jesus Christ" (Rom. 1:6), called to be saints (Rom. 1:7). Believing is faith obedience, meaning we become stablish (Rom. 16:25) together by believing (faith), "by the faith of Him" (Eph. 3:12). The gospel: "is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek" (all non-Jews). Those who proclaim the gospel are counted as a "vessel of honour" (Rom. 9:21,23), those who do not are counted as a "vessel of dishonor" ("vessels of wrath fitted to destruction" (vs 23). Those who receive Salvation by Faith obtain righteousness through the power of God. "For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:" (Rom. 1:17), meaning our faith (believing) in His Faith (the faith-principle), which is the absolute condition of salvation and operative only to those who believe. Those who do not "willingly" believe will be given a "strong delusion" a lying spirit to believe. Man's desire (meaning from his heart) chooses to believe or not believe the gospel... and the non-believer not believing the truth of God will perish in believing the lie, (Rom. 1:21,25; Eph. 4:25; 2 Thess. 2:9-11). And we all know the father of lies is Satan. This "strong delusion" is a working of error, that will condemn you.

You can go back to the Garden of Eden and see how that works. The four mentioned in the Garden are God (the Truth), Satan (the lie), Eve (the Jews) and Adam (the Gentiles). Eve came out of Adam and the Jews came out of the Gentiles. Adam and Eve had no children before they partook of the fruit. The seed (their children and their children's children) that came forth from Adam and Eve is of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. See the story of Cain and Abel (Gen. 4). The tree of knowledge of good and evil with all its fruit (the children of the world) are being gathered during this dispensation of God's Grace. The "good" are called out from the "evil" and the evil will be destroyed. The Old Testament is about the Tree of Knowledge and its fruit of good and evil. The New Testament is about the gathering of the fruit of that Tree. The gospel, the Word of God, gathers the good into vessels of honour, and the bad are cast into vessels of dishonour (Matt. 13:48; Rom. 9:21).

When Paul says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" (Eph. 1:3). Means the garden of Eden is open, to partake of the Tree of Life, because of God's working in Christ. In the Garden of Eden the Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, kept man (Adam and Eve) away from the Tree of Life (Gen. 3:23,24). The Working of God, the Word (John 1:1) done in Christ, the Living Word (John 1:14), the image of God (2 Cor. 4:4), is now called "the gospel of God" (Rom. 1:1). Believing that gospel allows us entrance into the Garden of Eden.

Adam and Eve listened to the lying "word" of Satan making them fall from God's Grace. Therefore, it is the "Word" of God, the Gospel of the Grace of God (Acts 20:24), that is the gospel of your salvation (Eph. 1:13). God made "the gospel" the means for the gathering, because it was man's foolishness in "hearing and believing" Satan's word that brought man's downfall. "... it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe" (1 Cor. 1:21). "For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks (non-Jews) seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucifed, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God." (1 Cor. 1:22-24).

So the "gospel" is Christ crucified. The finished work at Calvary (John 4:34 19:30; *Rom. 9:28). "And that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross" (Eph. 2:16). Reconciling both means there will be two gatherings, one in this dispensation of God's Grace and another gathering at the close of the Kingdom Age. "And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven." (Col. 1:20). And the curse (of death) that was placed upon man in the Garden of Eden stands today until the last day (Rev. 19:13-15). "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." (1 Cor. 1:18). You, who believe are "sealed" (Eph. 1:13), and your name will be "found written in the book of life". (Phil. 4:3; Rev. 20:15). Paul speaking, "And I entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life." (Phil. 4:3).

The gospel preached does not profit those that hear it who do not mix it with faith. (Heb. 4:2). The gospel does not profit those that hear it and mix it with works (Eph. 2:8,9). Paul says, "Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) Phil. 3:17-19.

"Let a man so account of us, as of the minister of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God." (1 Cor. 4:1).