Concerning the revelation of the "mystery" Col. 1:24-27 says,
"...the mystery which hath been hid for ages and from generations, but NOW is made manifest to his saints..." When Paul wrote "this mystery is NOW made manifest" it was 19 centuries ago.
This is just one of several scriptures that say the same thing. Rom. 16:25-26 and I Cor. 2:7-10 were both written by Paul and both declare that the "mystery" which had been "hid" was revealed to all the nations in Paul's day.
The Gnostic Rutherford would have us believe that he is revealing to the world the mystery knowledge for the first time.
However Jude in his epistle in verse three says, "contend for the faith which was once delivered (the ASV "once for all") unto the saints.
Were Christians to receive a better new message at some future point? Paul warns the Christians that "the faith" that was once delivered is the one and only gospel, and that if an angel (spirit being) or man brings another gospel, whether better or worse which Paul had not preached then let him be cursed. See Gal. 1:8,9.
Don't let anyone fool you. The church of the first century knew this Mystery and proclaimed it to the world. Mt. 28:18-20, Mk. 16:15,16. Yes, the Mystery had been on the mind of God since the beginning of the world, and had been only partially revealed in the Old Testament and the prophets. Read Eph. 3:1-2 and we find that
1. the mystery was revealed to him-verse 3,
2. when the Christians read Paul's letter they could perceive his understanding of the mystery. They understood it then.
3. We see in verse 5 that the "mystery" was revealed to the apostles and the prophets by the Spirit.
4. Paul's mission was to MAKE ALL MEN see what was the dispensation of the mystery for ages which had been hid in God.
We are told that "in God's good time he will pour out his spirit upon all mankind, so that all can understand his wonderful plan." (The Harp of God, p. 190) Yet, the Bible verse that this is quoting and the reference to this on p. 190 which is Joel 2:28,29 is applied by Peter in the
New Testament to what was happening back on the day of Pentecost, "This is THAT spoken through the prophet Joel." They misunderstand the meaning Joel gives to " all flesh"- he doesn't mean every person that has ever lived, but rather all kinds of people Jew and Gentile, Greek and Egyptian, and they were all there at Pentecost.
It is clear from II Tim. 2:15 that the day when the mystery was revealed partially by inspired men and women is over. The revelation of God's will is complete; and now we should study the written Revelation. This only makes sense.
Rutherford says, "Those who are thus anointed have the spirit of the Lord and by virtue of his spirit are ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE MYSTERY OF GOD..."
The Holy Spirit inspired the writers. He does not have to inspire the readers. If so, there was no point in inspiring the writers. It does not require an inspired man to interpret an inspired man. If so, the first inspired man's book is not a REVELATION, but still a MYSTERY. If we can not understand the first inspired man, how can we understand the second inspired man. Especially if they are inspired by the same Holy Spirit.
Gnostic leaders like the power that comes from people having to come to them for enlightment. Even if the Bible is not understood by a man, because he is so carnal that he can't think straight, he doesn't need to go to a man like Rutherford. (Read more about Joseph Rutherford in especially chapters 1.12 & 1.14.) The reason Christ went away, according to Christ was so that the Holy Spirit would be sent to teach us all things.
A further study of Christ and his relationship to the despised common masses of people, would show that he was advocating the opposite of Gnosticism. His wisdom was not hid under a bushel basket, but set on a hill, so to speak, for all to learn and profit from. Also Christ ministered and befriended those of every social class, including government officials and gentiles. God wants to reconcile himself to everyone, not just to some inner clique.
Jesus Christ also taught the limitations of knowledge (gnosis).
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