THE GREATEST MYSTERY OF ALL


THE GREATEST MYSTERY OF ALL

Part One

This is from my book “MYSTERY OF CHRIST”

I would hope that everyone would attempt to totally disprove what is written here. Show where Christ refutes it all, or He did not say it, or that He did not mean it. Not by your “theology”, or your “bias” or your “opinion” but rather by hard Scriptural statements.

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CHAPTER ONE

IT’S THE DEFINITIONS THAT COUNT

The greatest of secrets can only be unlocked by searching out the clues and connecting the dots. Only those with great interest will ever unlock the Greatest of Secrets

The Secret to Eternal Life, True Love and TRUE LIFE.

We have all heard of the importance of faith and belief when it comes to matters of religion, no matter what “religion” one embraces. But what if faith and belief are to be a dynamic force to propel one on to “investigate” or “probe” or to search out a matter?

Could this be what Jesus Christ meant when He said “ASK, SEEK, KNOCK, LABOR?”  Why would He say such a thing if all one had to do was to “have faith” or just “believe”? This is not of “works” either, but rather changing faith and belief from a “static “I believe something” to a dynamic force that brings one to search a matter out to its fullest extent. To that end, we need to look at several key words that are considered to be “ugly” in modern Christian thought, but actually taught by Christ Himself. They all have to do with searching out that which is secret, hidden, tucked away, out of sight, which is THE FINDING.

GNOSTIC

When one is going to debate something, the first thing that must be done is to DEFINE the key words that apply to the debate – and in this case there are THREE WORDS we need to fully understand not only their meaning, but their application. They are, Gnostic, Esoteric and Mystery.

Gnostic

adjective, Also, Gnostical

  1. pertaining to knowledge.
  2. possessing knowledge, especially esoteric knowledge of spiritual matters.
  3. (initial capital letter) pertaining to or characteristic of the Gnostics.

noun

  1. (initial capital letter) a member of any of certain sects among the early Christians who claimed to have superior knowledge of spiritual matters, and explained the world as created by powers or agencies arising as emanations from the Godhead.

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin Gnosticī the Gnostics, from Greek gnōstikos relating to knowledge, from gnōstos known, from gignōskein to know…

“believer in a mystical religious doctrine of spiritual knowledge,” from Late Latin Gnosticus, from Late Greek Gnostikos, noun use of adj. gnostikos “knowing, able to discern,” from gnostos “knowable,” from gignoskein “to learn, to come to know” (see know ). Applied to various early Christian sects that claimed direct personal knowledge beyond the Gospel or the Church hierarchy. —-

ESOTERIC

  1. understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest; recondite: poetry full of esoteric allusions. 2. belonging to the select few. 3. private; secret; confidential.
  2. restricted to or intended for an enlightened or initiated minority, esp because of abstruseness or obscurity: an esoteric cult Compare exoteric 2.  difficult to understand; abstruse: an esoteric statement  3.  not openly admitted; private: esoteric aims.

Please take note of the main words and their modern day definitions, for it is these meanings that will be used to prove or disprove the main theme of this book. The jelled down definitions are:

Gnostic: To come to know esoteric spiritual knowledge, AND Esoteric -Gnostic or direct spiritual knowledge given only to a select few.

 OR Combined

A few who are given direct spiritual knowledge from God that is UNKNOWN to the many, called by most a “MYSTERY.”

mystery1

  1. anything that is kept secret or remains unexplained or unknown: the mysteries of nature…AND 5. any truth that is unknowable except by divine revelation.

1 Timothy 3:16

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Colossians 2:1-3

2 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;

2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding,

Ephesians 3:9

And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

If something is a “mystery” it is hidden, secret not known to the world at large, but REVEALED to those who have a special interest.

These two words, that is Gnostic and esoteric – words generally applied to the occult and some sort of Satanic activity, something to stay away from; something to do with mystery and “secret knowledge” – or one could say “FORBIDDEN KNOWLEDGE”.

For example the “MYSTERY BABYLON” of the Bible, or the so-called “mystery religions” or “secret societies” of today – something to “stay away from”. Modern Christianity would brand any such thing as Satanic to the core. But is it?

Let us bring forward a “what if” type of scenario – WHAT IF salvation did in fact require a DIVINE REVELATION of Christ? Just asking, WHAT IF? Let’s go a bit further, let’s say our WHAT IF is actually true, and you were Satan, what would you do?

Would you not attempt to HIDE THE REAL TRUTH, and brand the REAL TRUTH as SATANIC, and the LIE as THE REAL TRUTH, because you knew that the vast majority of people embrace lies far faster than truth? 

If all of our strength is directed to not letting the first domino to fall, to not opening up our hearts and minds to possibilities, then of course we protect ourselves from other dominoes falling as well – so we say, “let’s not open that can of worms.” But open it you must if you really want to understand the Christian delusions in full operation today.

When I speak of Gnostic or Esoteric I am not referring to the ancient understanding and theologies of the early Christian Gnostics. This debate centers upon the modern meanings of the words, and how they might apply to the Scriptures in this modern age.

WHAT IF Jesus Christ was not only a Gnostic himself, but demanded that His followers were to become Gnostics themselves? That they were to come into some sort of hidden or secret esoteric knowledge in order to be saved?

Further, what if TRUE SALVATION did in fact entail some sort of Gnostic and esoteric knowledge of the Divine? That would be in total opposition to modern Christian theology on all counts. Could that be why Jesus Christ rejects millions of Christians who were positive they were saved and going to heaven?

IS IT EVEN A REMOTE POSSIBILITY THAT SOMETHING IS MISSING IN MODERN CHRISTIAN THOUGHT?

After all, if we read Matthew Seven carefully, He rejects the vast majority of Christians for only one reason:

HE HAD NO GNOSTIC OR ESOTERIC KNOWLEDGE OF THEM, NOR THEY OF HIM.

You will find that in Matthew Chapter Seven. Look it up for yourself, don’t believe me.

This debate requires not only intellectual honesty, but Scriptural integrity and honesty as well, something that appears to be lacking in today’s modern Christian circles.

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WHAT DID HE KNOW THAT YOU DON’T?

END OF PART ONE

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3 thoughts on “THE GREATEST MYSTERY OF ALL

  1. Thank you for posting this book as a series Stew. Giving people who might otherwise have never read it a chance to do so. That time is at hand.

    I know I will enjoy it once again. Sometimes that’s the best way to get more out of it. Not to mention we live in a different world than when you penned this; the digital world will take it further than could be imagined.

    God bless you guys, the ministry and all who contribute to keeping it viable. 💕

    And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: (Mark 4:11)

    The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done [is] that which shall be done: and [there is] no new thing under the sun. (Eccl 1:9)

    P.S. The the Mark 4:11 is just for you Scubie : )

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  2. Interesting that the word “mystery” (in its singular form) is found 22x in the Bible, a number for Jesus Christ.

    It is found 5x in the plural, a number for grace. So, 27x altogether, a 9+9+9 (also a 3x3x3); 9 oftentimes a number for judgment. 3x reminds of the cross; 3 nails; upside-down 6-6-6; the 6th Hebrew letter has the symbol of a nail.

    All 27x from the same Greek word: G3466 (66 books in the Bible?).

    This is Thayer’s “Greek Definitions” entry for G3466:

    – Original: μυστήριον
    – Transliteration: Musterion
    – Phonetic: moos-tay’-ree-on
    – Definition:
    1. hidden thing, secret, mystery
    a. generally mysteries, religious secrets, confided only to the initiated and not to ordinary
    mortals
    b. a hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding
    c. a hidden purpose or counsel
    1. secret will 1c
    d. of men 1c
    e. of God: the secret counsels which govern God in dealing with the righteous, which are
    hidden from ungodly and wicked men but plain to the godly
    2. in rabbinic writings, it denotes the mystic or hidden sense
    a. of an OT saying
    b. of an image or form seen in a vision
    c. of a dream

    – Origin: from a derivative of muo (to shut the mouth)
    – TDNT entry: 17:22,6
    – Part(s) of speech: Noun Neuter

    Sounds like the very definitions of GNOSTIC and ESOTERIC! All right there in the Bible itself, used 27 times via divine inspiration! Therefore, SOMETHING “gnostic” and “esoteric” (conventional definitions) must be going on in the Bible, yes?

    The following is an excerpt from the “Vocabulary of the Greek Testament” published in the early 1900s. After speaking to the “pagan” usage of this Greek word G3466, it goes on to say:

    The Biblical usage of the word follows different lines and is traced with great fulness by J. A. Robinson Ephesians, p. 234 ff., where in particular it is shown that in its NT sense a mystery is “not a thing which must be kept secret. On the contrary it is a secret which God wills to make known and has charged His Apostles to declare to those who have ears to hear it” (p. 240).

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    Thank you for this blog post and another opportunity to visit “the mystery of Christ” (Eph 3:4; Col 4:3).

    God bless you all….and I thank God for you all!

    The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. (Ps 25:14)

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    • Quite a deep dive into the (W)ord. Well done Peter. Thank you for showing us the complexity with which the Bible was written to prove it’s Divinely inspired and yet made simple enough for the rest of us to comprehend.

      P.S. Did you see; Psalm 25:14 is another “3” : )

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