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The End of Divine Revelation Is Foretold
Page 2: The Mystery Unveiled

God's eternal intention was to reveal His will partially through his prophets of old, until a time when he would unveil His plan in its entirety. The necessity of the prophet's message, however, was completed through Jesus.

"God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world." (Hebrews 1:1-2)

Notice again the past tense of God's work through the prophets of the Old Testament. And again the past perfect tense of God's final work through His Son. God's great plan for men was unveiled once for all at the cross of Calvary. That is why Paul refers to the mystery as unveiled now, but hidden in the past,

"For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles-if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace which was given to me for you; that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit." (Ephesians 1:1-5)

"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, but 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." (Romans 16:25-26)

Once again, Paul makes it clear that what he received by revelation was written so that Christians would understand by reading what he wrote. Further, he also makes it clear that this mystery was not made known to the Old Covenant prophets, but has now been revealed. Again the past perfect tense confirms the completeness of the revelation through the first century apostles. God's plan of unveiling the mystery to the apostles, who could in turn pass it down through testimony, is clear. The Hebrew writer summarizes this apostolic tradition,

"For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty, how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard." (Hebrews 2:1-3)

 Article info: 
By: Bill Smith
This article is adapted from Bill's book Firmly Rooted. Click here to learn how to get a copy.
 This Series: 
1 Old Testament Prophecy
2 The Mystery Unveiled

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