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How Do You Know If You’re Save?

In to days world, one can’t tell a save person from a none save person, this is a true saying the churches are Worldly, and the Worldly is Churchie.  BIBLE STUDY.

Going to the church house does not save you paying tithes does not save you baptism does not save you…this is considered works, you don’t have to work for your salvation. Christ died for all of that all you have to do is believe, believe that Christ died was buried, and rose against according to 1 Corinthians 15 1:-4 this is the gospel by which you are saved. This is the only way anyone can be saved.

there are those who don’t believe in THE Apostle Paul…he is the one in which God gave the gospel of grace to, if you don’t believe what he is saying then how can you believe in the blood of Christ. If you don’t believe in him as the apostle for the Gentiles, was divinely chosen by God, and sent to you with the message that God wanted you to know…the gospel of grace not what was preached to the Jews… the gospel of the Kingdom. Through hem was the gospel given, therefor all that you need to be save comes through him, you are save through Christ’s death burial and resurrection. Our doctrines comes from the book Romans… Romans through Philemon was written for the body of Christ, only believers are in the body of Christ.

Jesus could not preach his death when he has not died yet. He came to set up His kingdom, as was promise to his people the Jews. There are Gentiles who believe they are Jews, but this is not scripture…people Jews are by birth,and birth alone through their blood line,

God called out Moses, and gave him the commandments, and Moses gave it to the children of Israel. Christ lives in heaven therefor he chose Moses to lead over the children of Israel, he chosen the Apostle Paul to lead over the Gentiles…Paul said follow me as I follow Christ. God has two races of people the Jews,and  Gentiles.

when you disobey God’s words you can not be a part of him…this is all he asked of you. If you have not make up your mind to serve him do not pretend because you are fooling yourself… because He knows his own He said He does not hear sinners prayer. When you have excepted Christ as your savior the Holy Spirit is now in control of your life… the old you is dead, you are a new Creature, I repeat a NEW (creation)in Christ you are in Christ and, your life is hid in Christ in God. Colossians 3:1 If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above. set your affection on things above not on things on this earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory. This is the word of God People this is our blessed hope…this is our future.

People make that change you can not serve God and the world. Matthews 6:24 For no man can serve two masters for either he will hate the one and love the other or else he will hold to the one and despise the other, you cannot serve God and mammon.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefor if any man be in Christ he is a new creature(creation) old things are pass away behold all things become new. This is the believers life in Christ… this is why He said He will never leave you nor forsaken you, it’s because he lives in you He has full control of Your life. Paul said 2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourself weather ye be in the faith, prove your own self. know ye not your own selves how that Jesus Christ is in you,except ye be reprobates (REJECTED BY GOD) Remember Jesus said not all that said Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that does the will of my Father. … in that day many will say to me Lord Lord have we not prophesied in your name? and in thy name have cast out devils? in thy name done many wonderful works… He will say to them depart from me I never knew you.

Don’t let this be you, grace shall soon be gone make that ever lasting decision… that only you can make for your self this is personal be twain you and God.

Your body is the home of the Holy Spirit…If you desiring the things of the world then you can’t be in Christ’s body…nor He in you. Apostle Paul said the things that I liked I now hate the things I used to hate I now like, now that you are that new creation you can’t like the old you they are all washed a way, all of your sins is gone. God put it in a sea of forgetfulness never to remember it. Please embrace this opportunity for eternal life, Christ died so that you can live with him for ever in stead of with satin in a lake of fire that never quench.

1 Corinthians 15:4 said if you believe that Christ died, and was buried, and rose again this is the gospel by which you are save.

Remember Eternity is long to live in a lake of fire and never die.Time is short Eternity is long!

Evangelist J Burton.

THE TRUTH ABOUT BIRTHDAY AN UN HOLY ACT!

It is also said that Birthday celebrations began as a form of protection. It was a common belief that evil spirits were more dangerous to a person when he or she experienced a change in their daily life, such as turning a year older. To protect them from harm, friends and family would gather around the birthday person and bring good cheers, thoughts and wishes. Giving gifts brought even more good cheer to ward off the evil spirits. Noisemakers are thought to be used at parties as a way of scaring away the evil spirits.

Birthdays are original, personal, noteworthy traditions. Some people like to forget them. Others prefer smaller celebrations. But for some, the day must be band-playing joyous merrymaking occasion.

It’s became an habit among most Christians so used to celebrating birthday every year that it seems like it’s been a tradition almost forever! But when you become a believer it’s not for you there is a birthday history, and a place and time it all began…But not in the Bible. There are no birthdays in the Bible there are birthdays celebrations,But no where you will find word birthdays think about God did not put that any person date of birth in the bible, Remember he made Birth He was born He never said to celebrate His Birthday.We are a new creation in Him I wonder how many can remember the date and time they received their new creation this is what you should focus on this is the one that count for your eternal life.

Early people had no way of keeping track and marking time they used the stars and the moon and the sun, I remember as a child my grand parents who raised me they used to look up at the son and tell the time of day.There is a reason why God did not give records of birthdays in the bible. Satan took over the airwaves astrology is from the devil… that is where you can find palm readers operating from birthdays…People are saying they can give you a palm reading according to your birth day straight from the devil.

Only when ancient peoples began taking notice of the moon’s cycles, did they pay attention to the changing seasons and the pattern that repeated itself over and over and so they began to mark and note time changes. That’s the start of birthday history.

The first calendars were formulated in order to mark time changes and other special days. From this tracking system came the ability to celebrate birthdays and other significant anniversaries the same day each year.

In the bible there are birthdays celebrations just a few times, they where done by the Pharaohs and all ended in death,One person loosed their life in all of them, do your research and see for your self. it’s of the devil when God wants his people to do something He gives instructions.Therefor if it not in the bible it’s not for believers.

The birthday history custom of lighting candles originated with people believing that the gods lived in the sky and by lighting candles and torches they were sending a signal or prayer to the gods so they could be answered. When you blow out the candles and make a wish this is another way of sending a signal and a message.

There was a time in our lives that we all celebrated our birthdays when we was in the world…But that is not what we are now if you are a believer you are a new creation in Christ Jesus…not even born a gain like Jesus told the Jew ye must be born a gain. He said old things has passed a way Behold all things become new,therefor meaning all of the things you used to do as a sinner you are no longer a part of it, you should not have a desire to do so…you are now seeing through the eyes of the Spirit and they are disgusting to you. The Bible tells us we are to cry for those who comes in to the world and to rejoice for those who leaves…because not all is going to be save because of unbelief therefor visualize your child in a lake of fire burning forever and there is nothing can be done about it, because this was their choice.

I stop this celebration many years I had no desire for it but it was the Holy Spirit make me a ware of it as I get in to the word. I saw that God created me I was a new person.no looking back for me forward has more to offer.

I pray this would help some one in their christian walk that if they did’t know this now they do and bay the Lord because the only sin that will keep one out of heaven is unbelief… because you are calling God a lair this is why you better know your bible you may be calling God a lair and not aware of it but you are still responsible when you come before God there will be no excuses.,

What is The Dispensation?

A dispensation is a period of time in which God does things in a different manner. There are so many in the Christendom today who does not know the meaning of this word. when Jesus came He came to set up His kingdom preaching the gospel of the kingdom, to fulfill the prophecy to the Jews that their King was coming to set up their Kingdom. well, they did not believe Him therefor after the stoning of Stephen God close that period He is now turning to the Gentile. A new period of time different instructions, it’s like when a country selected a new leader does that leader govern under that old administration? not at all that person comes with there own agenda
Therefore Jesus could not give Paul the same message for the Gentiles as He preaches nor what he left for His disciples to preach, two different types of people. The Jews are God’s earthly people, where the Gentiles are God’s heavenly people. The Jews are before the cross the Gentiles are after the cross. Because of their disobedient Jesus Had to go to the cross for the whole world. We all have to believe the same thing.


Before Jesus ascended He gave His disciples command go not in the way of Gentiles nor the Samaritans… but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, because He had no message for them at that time. He left His disciples with the power that he had to perform miracles as He did all of this was to prove to the Jews that He was their messiah and if they had believed them Jesus would have come back and set up his kingdom, because of disobedient God decided to put then on hold, this happened after the stoning of Stephen this was their opportunity to believe what Stephen was saying them.
Saul was there consenting unto his death.. he was on his way to Damascus, but God had other plans for him, God is sending this man to the Gentiles this has happened after the temple was destroyed God had no more dealings with the Jews because He called them Steuben, and heard headed people. He is sending Saul which he has changed his name to Paul Now God is dealing with the Gentiles through the Paul, therefore we are in the age of grace this dispensation for the Gentiles the body of Christ.


What God has given to Apostle Paul can only be found it Roman through Philemon this is one of the reasons that so many people don’t believe he should be in the Bible. This is because they do not read their Bible for them self a person should not condemn another person and don’t know why, because of hearsay. Find out for your self you have to stand before God for your self. The same man that you are dishing is the same one that said in 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. ( cut straight) Approve unto God not man, make sure you are pleasing God He has the final say. God chose Moses he was his preference. He gave him the authority to lead the children Israel to the promised land, He gave him the Torah( the Law) the first 5 books of the Bible the author who wrote the first five books of the Bible, known as the Torah ( Pentateuch.) today most Jews still honor because it contains their law. Apostle Paul is letting you know who he is, For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office.

He can boast because He was divinely Chosen by God for this purpose. God is in control He makes His own decisions He prepare His servants for His services and He wants us to obey that person. Just as God gave Moses instructions to lead His people out of Egypt (consider) to be the world.
He called the Apostle Paul for that same purpose to lead His people the Gentiles out of the world preserving them until that day when He shall call them Home to be with Him. Because Moses disobeyed God he did not enter the promised land, but God showed it to him. Paul tells us that the scripture was written for our learning. When you disobey God’s servant you are disobeying God. The Jews were in Egypt They learn a lot of their ways their Idol worship and more amorality that was displeasing to God.

When He brought them out He said I will put a different be twain you and the Egyptians…(the worldly) people. There were some non-Jews that came along also, maybe they just wanted to tag along, they could not participate in their rules and regulations because they were gentiles… but they were in their mix. Now in this dispensation we have Apostle Paul to lead us while we are in this world preparing our selves until the Lord is ready to take us out,the one different is that as like the hung on that followed the Jews out of Egypt they could not participate in their rules and laws, God is now dealing with the Gentiles His heavenly people but the Jews has that same privileges as the Gentiles, they have to come to Him by believing that He died was buried and rose again the gospel Apostle Paul said there are no different.

Ephesians 3:1-For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ. Now, most don’t know this because they refuse to study Romans through Philemon, where the believers get their doctrine. This is the Apostle Paul God revealed this secret to for the Gentiles the body of Christ.


He said at one time they the Gentiles were without a God. Colossians 1:25-26 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hidden from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: You can’t find this kind of language anywhere else in the bible.now is made manifest to his saints:The Bible said the secret things belong unto God but when they are revealed they belong to us. He also said disobedient is as witchcraft…obedient is better than sacrifice. therefore for those who refuse to obey Apostle Paul message have to tell you, you are not in Christ Jesus… he is the one who said we are sealed with Christ in God, only believers get to be in Christ All one need to know in order to enter into heaven comes through Apostle Paul.


Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed .1 Thessalonians 4:14-15 Most people compare this with Revelations trumpets, this said trump singular that message is for the Jews in the tribulation God is getting His people the body of Christ, out before that happen.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this, we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. This is the word of God only those who are in the body of Christ will meet Him in the air, only those because it takes that resurrection power that Christ had to take us up.
I pray that you make the right choice… Time is short eternity is long.
Evangelist J Burton.

What is depression?

Depression is having little interest or pleasure in doing things. Feeling Down or depress, trouble falling or staying asleep or sleeping to much, Feeling tired or having little energy, poor appetite,overeating or considerable weight changes, feeling bad about your self that you are a failure or having a lot of guilt.

Difficulty concentrating on things or making decisions, moving or speaking slowly, so that other people have noticed,or being so restless that you’ve been moving around a lot,

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms now you know what is the cause of them. It may happen with maybe one or two symptom but eventually they grows. There are so many who are plagued with this sickness, for those who are contemplating suicide STOP! This is a trick from the devil, people feel as if this is their only way out… But it is not it is a lie the bible said Satan is a lair from the beginning. See if you take your life that is a sin that is not forgiven your soul will go to hell therefor that is not the way to go.

Depression is not of God this word is not in the bible… any sickness is not of God it’s of the devil, only God can give you peace of mind in their world there will always be sorrows pain and…why? because this is Satan’s world. The Bible said he is the god of this world. I did not say this God said this in His world. when you come to the Lord He brings you comfort peace of mind contentment…knowing that heaven is your home you are safe in christ Jesus

Satan wants your soul, do not give him that satisfaction prove to him that he is a lair. Christ Jesus died to give you eternal life with Him in heaven,to rule the kingdom with Him.

This is a subject that should be talk about more often, as believers our concern is for souls the lost ones to bring them to the Lord… this is our duty this is why God did not take us out of here after He saved us we are to bring people in to filled the body of Christ.

I read about this woman who parked her car at this bridge with her 3 children in it and she jumped of that bridge and killed her self, people it does not take much to give an Hi or a smile to some one… we don’t know what some one is going through. we are living in a cruel world God is love If He lives in you His love should be flowing through you… let us show the love of God. in steed of preaching prosperity and you are the only one who is prospering think about those who are suffering and are dying with out God.

Remember time is short eternity is a long time in the lake of fire…it’s your choice.

The day of the Lord, and the day of the Lord Jesus Christ

The day of the Lord, the day of judgment, the wrath of God that’s going to hit primarily the Nation of Israel,but will spill over and effect the whole human race those 7 dreadful years that are yet to come. The day of the Lord starts way back at Isaiah chapter 2 and come up through the old Testament…and through the four gospel to a certain extend.

The Day of Christ will come only from the apostle Paul you can find no reference to the day of Christ any where else in the scripture,

The Day of the Lord for Judgment the tribulation,For the unbelievers.

The day of Jesus Christ or the day of God …calling out the believers.The rapture. The departure ( carried away) the Rapture only happens once. The tribulation only happens once. The bible said blessed are those who are in the first Resurrection.

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ Titus 2:13

Apostle PAUL’S pray For The Saints.

“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification,… 1 Thessalonian 4:3.  Sanctification merely means a place of being set apart as holiness also means. Were not like the rest of the world around us, we’re to be different. A believer is not to be an odd ball or some kind of kook that the world laughs at, but we are to be different in a way that our lifestyle is pleasing unto God not our self nor others, after all we are of royalty we are not to look nor act like the commoners rather than pleasing unto the Satanic world around us. But unto God.

23.And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; (set you apart)and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body. There are many who believe that God is only concern about the soul, as they usually say the heart..
God knows my heart Yes He owns you your body is His dwelling place. I have purchase several homes in my life time my house was where I reside I did what was pleasing me. I wanted my roof to be blue that’s what I did, I had it painted blue and I was happy with it simply because it was different there was not another one like it.

We the believers the born from above ones this is the new you, the old you which was left in the grave when Christ rose that was your earthly birth, you are that new creation that God said you are…every thing is different now you belongs to God body mind and soul. we are not functional with out our body… the body is the house for the soul your (spirit) when a believer dies the body goes back to the dust from where it was made, your soul (spirit) if you are a believer your spirit goes to heaven you are not there bodily there is a body reserve for you but not at this time. We serve an orderly God

for those who choose the devil…they are in hell you can read this in Luke 16:19 The rich man and Lazarus… that is their spirit is in hell, they also will receive a new body that is fit for eternity in the lake of fire. Therefor no one will have an excuse when they come before God. Every person that have born in this world have to appear before Him. The Resurrection is when the believers will receive their new body the bible said the dead in Christ shall rise first then those the believers that remain shall follow. this only happens one, He said blessed are those who are in the first resurrection, why because the unbelievers will be left behind in the tribulation, but they all shall die this earth will be destroy.

There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day
And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,

21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores

22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:

28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

I pray s that if only one person Eyes may open up and grasp this chance for Eternal life,Time is short Eternity is a long time to spend in the lake of fire.

Mystery that was given to Paul

Romans Chapter 11, and verse 25. This chapter is where Paul, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, is making it so plain that God is not through with the Nation of Israel. The little nation has been set aside for the past 1900 + years, without their temple, priesthood, sacrifice, and without a homeland until our generation, but God is not through with His Covenant people. We saw that so vividly in the grafting process where Israel was removed, her branches were broken off, and the Gentiles grafted in. Gentiledom has now been placed over the root of the father Abraham, and so Gentiles have been under that blessing of having The Gospel, the opportunity for Salvation. But their day is fast coming to a close because they too have been walking it underfoot, and God’s grace and patience is one day soon, we think, going to run out, and then He will go back and pick up where He left off with Israel. Now here in verse 25 Paul writes to the believer

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant…
Romans 11:25a

Ignorance is not a lack of brain cells, but rather a lack of having been taught. And I think that’s where the church, if I may use the term generally speaking, has failed so miserably because they have not taught their people. And it doesn’t matter what group it is. I maintain you ask the average Roman Catholic, “What do you believe?” you will find that most of them can’t tell you. You can ask the average Episcopalian, Baptist, Methodist, or any other group and most of them cannot tell you what they really believe. Why? Because nobody teaches them, and so this is what Paul is driving home, that the believers are to be a well-taught people. We should be well-read in the Scriptures, so this is his statement here.

Romans 11:25a

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery,…”

The word “mystery” is one Paul uses so often, and in the Greek, the word is musterion, and it simply means, “secret.” The word can be translated either way, A mystery or a secret. So what Paul is saying then is, “That he doesn’t want the Gentile believers to be ignorant of a secret that God had kept in His own mind until He revealed it to the Apostle Paul.” if a believer would do a Bible study some evening, take a good concordance, or on the internet and just simply look up the word “mystery” as it appears in Paul’s epistles and you can just make a two or three hour Bible study and it will be so interesting.

Then put together all of the concepts that Paul associates with this revelation of a mystery. People need to know that all of these things that we refer to as coming from the epistles of Paul were never revealed previously in any of God’s dealing with mankind. So many of Paul’s doctrines you can’t find in the Old Testament. You can’t find them in Christ’s earthly ministry. You don’t find them in the early parts of Acts. They were revelations that God had kept secret since the beginning of human history or even before.

In that regard, of this in Deuteronomy 29:29. some may not know this is in the bible, Way back there in the beginning of the Bible. And it’s something you can sink your teeth in even today. The secret things belongs unto the LORD our God but those things which are revealed belongs unto us.

Why? Because He’s Sovereign. He’s the Creator of everything. He can do whatever He wants to do. He’s Sovereign. Too many people today have gotten the idea that God is just some big, what shall I say, easygoing grandfather type that they can just sort of manipulate and tweak His nose and get whatever you want. That’s not the God of the Bible. The God of the Bible is Sovereign. He is absolute. He is holy. He is righteous. And yet He is a God that is loving and kind and merciful and patient. But, in His sovereignty He has every right in the world to keep things secret as long as He wants to and He will reveal it when He’s good and ready and not until.

“The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed (are no longer secret) belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

This of course was written by Moses. But want to remember the God of the Old Testament is the same God of the New, even though we’re under a whole different set of responsibilities and everything. Yet God hasn’t changed. The things that God hated back in the Old Testament economy, God still hates them today. The very things that God forbade Israel back there in the Leviticus system, God still does not condone today. And so even though this was spoken by Moses to the Nation of Israel, yet it’s the same God and the same secret holder that we deal with today.

Now in the book of Romans we’ll look just at a few of these secrets that God has held all the way up through human history, and revealed only when He called the apostle Paul to be the apostle of the Gentiles. One of the first ones of course, if we’ll go through chronologically, so you won’t have such a hard time looking for it, is right here in Romans the last chapter – Chapter 16 and verse 25. And don’t just shrug these off as unimportant. They are basic to all of the Pauline doctrines. They are different concepts but they are all part of that revelation of the mystery. Now in Romans 16:25R

“Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery,…”

Do you see that? In other words, Paul says “The Gospel that I preach is going to be that Gospel which is part and parcel of these revelations of secret things that had never been revealed before.” That’s The Gospel according to the revelation of the mystery. Now let’s continue on and finish the verse.

Romans 16:25b
.which was kept secret (how long?) since the world began.”

And that’s exactly what Deuteronomy 29:29 is talking about, that God can see fit to keep things secret as long as He wants. But once He reveals it, then it becomes the human responsibility to believe it. Now then, your next one is I Corinthians Chapter 4. Now he puts a responsibility on believers of this age. And I know that he’s talking here in the first person, but whatever Paul applies to himself, he applies to all of his listeners. And now he says in verse 1:

I Corinthians 4:1
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the (what?) mysterys” of God.

Now what’s a steward? He’s a caretaker, he’s a manager, he’s an overseer. How in the world can you oversee or manage, something that you don’t know anything about? So if you’re going to be what the Bible expects you to be, you’d better be studying. You’d better be learning. What are you to be ready to administer? What should you be looking to be a manager of? The mysteries! Well how can you manage them or share them with somebody if you don’t know what they are. Let’s read on.

I Corinthians 4:2

“Moreover it is required in stewards, (or a manager) that a man be found faithful.”

What we have to do is that once we get a hold on these mysteries that we are faithful in passing them on to those who have probably never heard or those who know nothing of it. Now turning to Ephesians Chapter 3. I’m just touching a few of the plainer ones, the easier ones to understand. Let’s look at Ephesians Chapter 3 and verse 1. Paul again is establishing the fact that he is dealing primarily with Gentiles.

Ephesians 3:1

“For this cause (in other words, all the things that took place in these first two chapters) I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles.” Now let’s look at verse 3.

Ephesians 3:3
How that by revelation (in other words he revealed these things from the ascended Lord in Heaven) he made known unto me the mystery;…”

That revealed body of truth that no one ever before had any concept of. It was of course, back in the Old Testament, in latent form, much of these things that Paul is proclaiming to the Gentiles. Now that we understand this we can go back to the Old Testament and can see that God had it on His mind, but He had not revealed it as it was kept secret. Verse 4.
“Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ”

How you ever wonder after Saul’s conversion on the road to Damascus, and God led him down to Mt. Sinai in Arabia for three years, why would it take so long?” Here is one of the reasons but one of which of course, you want to remember, is that Saul of Tarsus was steeped in Judaism. Saul of Tarsus was just as human as the rest of us and so it probably took a little while to cleanse his thinking and his behavior under Judaism. But on the other hand, to give the man such a clear-cut understanding of things that had never been revealed before, would naturally take some time. And he had to be so prepared that when he came back from that Arabian experience ready to go out among the Gentile world, going out among abject pagan idolaters, he had to be skilled in what he was proclaiming. And I think that’s part and parcel of that three-year training time down in Arabia. But he makes it so plain that all of this was revealed to him and he takes the responsibility of now passing it on to the whole world. Now then, come on and read verse 4 and following:

Ephesians 3:4,5

“Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge (his complete understanding) in the mystery of Christ.” (or the secrets) Which in other ages (in other past generations. In other words that takes you all the way back to the Old Testament) was not made known (see how plain the language is? These things that Paul is now revealing were never made known before. And he makes double sure we understand that.) unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed…”

Always go back to Deuteronomy and what does it say? And once it’s revealed they belong to us, which means we had better believe it. Now then verse 6. This is this part of the mystery that Paul is dealing with in Ephesians 3. There are all kinds of segments to the mysteries. This is the one he is talking about now.

Ephesians 3: 6

“That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ (not by Judaism, not by the Mosaic Law, but how?) by the gospel. (His finished work)

Have you ever read anything like this back in the Old Testament, that Gentiles would become one with Christ or with God? They didn’t understand Christ as much back there, but that Gentiles would become one with the God of Abraham? Well, whoever heard of such a thing. Jews would have thrown up their hands in horror if anybody would have approached such a subject. But they didn’t. They had no concept. Now God had the Gentiles on His mind – don’t ever lose sight of that. But it was under a whole different set of circumstances that what we’re seeing here.

Ephesians 3:7

“Whereof (of this message of revealing this mystery) I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.”

Ephesians 3:9

“And to make all men see (not just Israel or the Gentiles, but the whole human race) what is the fellowship of the mystery, (secret) which from the beginning of the world (age) hath been hid (where?) in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.”

The Sovereign God. It’s His prerogative to keep things secret if He wants to. And that’s where it was. It was hidden in God, the same God who created all things by Jesus Christ. Now let’s move on quickly to another little book of Paul’s and that’s Colossians, that we might get an understanding that one of the aspects of the mysteries is, yes, Israel is going to be spiritually blinded for almost 2000 years. Another revelation is that the Gentiles are going to come into a privileged position with Israel’s God in the form of the Body of Christ. Here is another aspect of the mystery, and here he speaks of the Body in which all Gentiles who are now believers are now part of.

Colossians 1:25,26

“Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, (do you see the order?) to fulfil the word of God; (and here it is in verse 26) Even the mystery (secret) which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:”

Do you see how plain that is? All these Pauline truths were held in the mind of God. Israel never had a concept of them, the Twelve had no concept of them, but here comes this renegade, this Saul of Tarsus that God saves by Grace, and to him God now reveals the secrets, the mysteries. And that’s why he now has been given the authority to pen these epistles that become the essential part of our Scripture. Paul is the one to whom God has revealed the mysteries. Now to Chapter 2, beginning at verse 2.

Colossians 2:2,3

“That their hearts (and Paul is speaking of the believers up there in Laodicea in Asia Minor) might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment (or the acceptance) of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ. In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

So we see that all treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in the mysteries of God. What is the revelation here that the Old Testament is vague about? The Trinity! Now we know that the Old Testament has evidences of the Triune God, but you see this is why the Hebrews, and the Rabbi’s even of our own present day, call Christians almost pagan because we worship three Gods. They don’t recognize the Trinity back there in the Old Testament, and they still don’t. But here is a revelation that God is a Triune God, and it’s a revelation that Paul brings out that God is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

I Corinthians 15, and again we have Paul talking about a mystery. Something totally different again. First he talks about the Gentiles becoming one with God. Then he talks about God, and the revelation about Who He really is as the Triune God, and now we come to a revelation of something totally different, but yet all part of that same complex revelation. Something that is never referred to anywhere else in Scripture, and that’s why people have such a hard time contemplating it even today and that is what we call, “The Rapture.” That’s a Pauline doctrine that you won’t find anywhere else in your Bible. But now look what Paul calls it.

I Corinthians 15:51a

“Behold, I shew you a mystery;…”

Something that has never before been revealed. Now what’s this mystery or secret? Oh, that there’s going to be one group of believers who are not going to die physically. They’re going to be alive when everything comes to a culmination, and you can’t find that anywhere else in Scripture, and so it’s part of the mystery. There is going to be a group of believers at the end of the Church Age that are going to be suddenly changed, and be from here to there in a split second. I was mulling it over again just the other day and it’s hard to comprehend. No wonder the unbeliever scoffs at it. I can understand why he would because it takes some faith to believe that all of a sudden Christ will leave Glory, will come to the atmosphere, the trumpet’s going to sound, the archangel is going to shout and all of a sudden, all the dead believers of the Church Age are going to be raised from wherever they are. They’re going to be resurrected, gone up to meet The Lord in the air and then a split second right behind them, here we come that are still alive and remain. This is hard to comprehend. I can’t envision millions of people suddenly congregating up there someplace in the atmosphere and then going back with Christ to Heaven. But what does The Book say? Exactly that. And so I believe it even though I can’t comprehend it. This is a mystery, a secret, revealed to the Apostle Paul and now it’s no longer a secret and we’re to believe it.

I Corinthians 15:51b

“We shall not all sleep, (die physically) but we shall all be changed.”

And then of course he goes on to say how it will happen. Let’s go to I Thessalonians Chapter 4. He doesn’t use the word “mystery” in this portion, but nevertheless, he’s talking about the same thing, so it too is part of the mystery. And that is what we call the outcalling or the Rapture of the Church. And again he uses the same word he uses in I Corinthians 15, “I would not have you to be ignorant.”

I Thessalonians 4:13

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep (your loved ones who were believers and have died) that you sorrow not, even as others which have no hope

I always call this the qualifications for the Rapture. This is all you need to be in that great company that one day soon is going to be called out of here.

I Thessalonians 4:14

“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again,…”

Do you believe it? The Gospel. (Ref: I Corinthians 15:1-4) I had a gentleman here and he will never know what his testimony meant to me. He’d always had trouble with the resurrection. He could believe all the rest of it, but he couldn’t believe the resurrection. A highly educated man, a brilliant man, he said, “All of a sudden one day, The Lord opened my eyes somehow or another and I believed it. And everything changed.”

I Thessalonians 4:16,17

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be (what) caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:….”

Those are the words that we have coined the word “Rapture” – caught up to meet The Lord in the air.

Evangelist J Burton.