Jesus is Mighty To Save

Sinners need to understand that they should fear God; without salvation, they are condemned. But- Jesus is mighty to save!


Follow along with the verses used in this lesson:

Psalm 7:11  “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.”

Luke 12:4  “And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.”

John 3:18 “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

Ephesians 1:15 “Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,”

1 Corinthians 12:13 “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”

Galatians 1:11-12 “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Ephesians 3:3-5 “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) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;”

Paul and Political Action

This lesson questions if Christians should be involved in politics. Paul himself, our Christian example, actively exercised his Roman citizenship, and we strongly believe it is the duty of citizens to ensure that civil governments stay within their jurisdictional boundaries – this is exactly what Paul did when he questioned the centurion’s actions in Romans 22.


Verses in this lesson:

Romans 22:24-29

“The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he might know wherefore they cried so against him. And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned? When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman. Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea. And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born. Then straightway they departed from him which should have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.”

 

Trusting God and The Bible

This edition of Bible Radio Class relays the amazing story of Sgt. Alvin C. York, a Christian who struggled with the rightness of going to war, until his company and battalion commanders showed him from the Bible that a Christian can in fact participate in war. He went on to earn the Medal of Honor and other military awards for his brave and invaluable actions during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in WWII. His is an example of what a Christian can accomplish when they trust in God and the Bible.


Quotes and Verses from this Lesson:

Diary excerpts, Sgt. Alvin C. York:

“And when I marched him back to our old lines he said to me, “York, how did you do it?” And I answered him, “Sir, it is not man power. A higher power than man power guided and watched over me and told me what to do.” There can be no doubt in the world of the fact of the divine power being in that. No other power under heaven could bring a man out of a place like that. Men were killed on both sides of me; and I was the biggest and the most exposed of all. Over thirty machine guns were maintaining rapid fire at me, point-blank from a range of about twenty-five yards.”

“The Germans got us, and they got us right smart. They just stopped us dead in our tracks. Their machine guns were up there on the heights overlooking us and well hidden, and we couldn’t tell for certain where the terrible heavy fire was coming from… And I’m telling you they were shooting straight. Our boys just went down like the long grass before the mowing machine at home. Our attack just faded out… And there we were, lying down, about halfway across [the valley] and those German machine guns and big shells getting us hard.”

“And those machine guns were spitting fire and cutting down the undergrowth all around me something awful. And the Germans were yelling orders. You never heard such a racket in all of your life. I didn’t have time to dodge behind a tree or dive into the brush… As soon as the machine guns opened fire on me, I began to exchange shots with them. There were over thirty of them in continuous action, and all I could do was touch the Germans off just as fast as I could. I was sharp shooting… All the time I kept yelling at them to come down. I didn’t want to kill any more than I had to. But it was they or I. And I was giving them the best I had.”

 

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

“We know not of the future, and cannot plan for it much. But we can hold our spirits and our bodies so pure and high, we may cherish such thoughts and such ideals, and dream such dreams of lofty purpose, that we can determine and know what manner of men we will be whenever and wherever the hour strikes, that calls to noble action.”

 

Isaiah 55:8-9

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Ezekiel 33:6

“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand”

Happy July 4th

This lesson details our country’s history of Christians being involved in politics, featuring quotes from John Adams, and includes a call to action for all Christians to get involved with politics at all levels of government.


Quotes and Verses in this lesson:

Liberty Bell inscription: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” (Lev 25:10)

The general principles on which the father’s achieved independence… were the general principles of Christianity.” John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson

This day will be the most memorable epic in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.” John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams

It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.” John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams

 

President John Quincy Adams’ address in Newburyport, July 4th, 1837.

Why is it, Friends and Fellow Citizens, that you are here assembled? Why is it, that, entering upon the sixty-second year of our national existence, you have honored with an invitation to address you from this place, a fellow citizen of a former age, bearing in the records of his memory, the warm and vivid affections which attached him, at the distance of a full half century, to your town, and to your forefathers, then the cherished associates of his youthful days? Why is it that, next to the birth day of the Saviour of the World, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day? — And why is it that, among the swarming myriads of our population, thousands and tens of thousands among us, abstaining, under the dictate of religious principle, from the commemoration of that birthday of Him, who brought life and immortality to light, yet unite with all their brethren of this community, year after year, in celebrating this, the birthday of the nation?

Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Saviour? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the corner stone of human “government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfilment of the prophecies, announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Saviour and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before?

 

Declaration of Independence, last line: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

John Peter Muhlenberg, in a Sermon Jan 21, 1776: “In the language of the Holy Writ, there is a time for all things. There is a time to preach and a time to fight. And now is the time to fight.”

Acts 4:19 “But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.”

Mark 10:6 “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

Declaration of Independence, second paragraph: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

President Andrew Jackson “[The bible] is the rock upon which this republic rests.”  (Jackson, pointing to a Bible, stated “That book, sir, is the rock up on which this republic rests.”)

 

Truth Shines in the Darkness

This lesson tells the story of Paul and Silas’ imprisonment in Philippi, where in the darkness of a Roman jail the light of Christ shines forth and the jailer and his household are saved.


Follow along with the verses in this lesson:

Acts 16:16-21

  1. And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
  2. The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
  3. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
  4. And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,
  5. And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
  6. And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.

Romans 13:1-4

  1. Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
  2. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
  3. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
  4. For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

continued Acts 16:21-39

  1. And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.
  2. And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
  3. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
  4. Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
  5. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
  6. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
  7. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
  8. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
  9. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
  10. And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
  11. And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
  12. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
  13. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
  14. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
  15. And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those men go.
  16. And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace.
  17. But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out.
  18. And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans.
  19. And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.

How Faith Leads to Fruit

A lesson looking at Galatians 5 and how faith leads to spiritual fruit.


Follow along with the verses used in this lesson:

Galatians 5

  1. Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
  2. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
  3. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
  4. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
  5. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
  6. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
  7. Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
  8. This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
  9. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
  10. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.
  11. And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
  12. I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
  13. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
  14. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
  15. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
  16. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
  17. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
  18. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
  19. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
  20. Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
  21. Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
  22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
  23. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
  24. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
  25. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
  26. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Eleven Reasons You Need Jesus Christ

A lesson for the unsaved and for the Christian; eleven compelling reasons that we need Jesus Christ in our lives.


Follow along with this outline

  1. Truth – You cannot know truth without Jesus Christ
    • Colossians 2:3 “In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
  2. Life – You need the life only Christ can give you – unending life!
    • Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
  3. Death – We can’t escape physical death, but Jesus defeated death and offers this power to all who believe him.
    • 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
  4. Sin – Without Christ, all of our sins are accounted to us. We need his blood to be forgiven of our sins!
    • Romans 5:11 “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”
  5. Peace – You can have peace with Jesus
    • Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”
    • Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
  6. Hope – Without Christ there is no hope beyond our death; he gives us the hope of glory!
    • Colossians 1:26-27 “Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:”
  7. Grace – God’s magnificent grace gives all these things to us freely, even though we don’t deserve them. God’s grace is provided through Jesus.
    • Romans 5:15 “But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.”
  8. Suffering – Without Christ there is no solution for suffering; he provides us comfort.
    • 2 Corinthians 1:9 “But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:”
    • Ephesians 4:21-23 “If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;”
  9. Strength – When this life overwhelms us, Jesus gives us inner strength to make the right choices and resist evil.
    • Phillipians 4:11 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
  10. Prayer – A prayerful man understands his need for God; prayers are answered through Christ
    • Ephesians 3:11-16 “11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”
  11. Joy – You can find so much more joy through Christ than without him.
    • Romans 5:11 “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”

Unfortunately, too many people don’t acknowledge their need for Christ. Don’t get caught up in seeking your own: Philippians 2:21 “For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.”

Snakes, Snakes, My Goodness, Snakes!

This lesson looks at the end of Mark 16 which is often misinterpreted, leading to the controversial and dangerous practice of snake-handling. Bro. Jerry discusses why snake-handling, and the other signs found in these verses, have no place in the church age and are in fact precepts being given to his Jewish disciples for their ministry to the nation of Israel for the purpose of offering the kingdom of heaven.


Follow along with this outline:

Subject Verses – Mark 16:15-18

  1. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
  2. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
  3. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
  4. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Who is Jesus talking to here? The nation of Israel – not the church.

In these verses the Lord is still dealing with the nation of Israel; this is not meant for the church, the Body of Christ. The gospel mentioned here is the gospel of the kingdom, not the gospel of grace. The kingdom (promised to the Jews) is still being offered at this point in history, even after Jesus ascended to heaven. Peter offers the kingdom to Israel later in Acts 3:19-21: “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.”

Compare his words to Paul, from whom the teaching of our doctrine should come, in Romans 16:25: “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, which was kept secret since the world began,”

There are clearly two gospels: that of the kingdom, preached to Israel, which has been known since the world began, and that of grace, to the church, which has been kept secret.

How else do we know the “gospel” referenced in Mark 16 is the gospel of the kingdom meant for Israel? Because that is who Jesus sent his disciples to.

Matthew 10:5-8: “These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”

Jesus is clearly sending his twelve disciples to the nation of Israel; they continued Jesus’ ministry of preaching the kingdom, even after his death, burial and resurrection, until Israel rejects the message again and stones Stephen to death in Acts 7.

This takes the mystery out of Mark 16 when we realize that this is the twelve Jewish apostles preaching to the nation of Israel about the kingdom of heaven, and they were to work signs and wonders to accomplish this. 

Paul talks about signs in 1 Cor 1:22 – It was clearly Israel who required signs: “For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:”

Israelites are found speaking in tongues in Acts 2:5, during a time period when the kingdom was being offered: “And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language…. Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,”

So where does the Bible talk about the signs Jesus describes, and who are the recipients of those abilities?

“They shall take up serpents” – during the 1,000 year reign (not during the church age!)

Isaiah 11:6-9: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”

“drink any deadly thing”

When Wormwood poisons water on earth (Revelation 8:11) God will miraculously preserve the remnant of Israel.

 

 

Four Keys to Understanding the Bible

This lesson presents four keys to understanding the Bible: believe it, compare scripture with scripture (cross-referencing), observing the context, and rightly dividing.


Follow along with this outline:

Believe It – you have to believe the Bible is the truth if you seek to understand it!

Psalm 12:6-7: “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”

Cross Referencing – compare scripture with scripture, not with the traditions of men, for understanding.

1 Corinthians 2:12-13: “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”

Observe the Context – patiently determine the subject of the text in order to be clear on what God is addressing.

Isaiah 28:9-20: “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:”

Rightly Divide – determine who God is speaking to using context and cross-referencing, and if what you are reading is meant for you as a member of the church, the Body of Christ, or if it may in fact be meant for the Jews or Gentiles.

2 Timothy 2:15: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

 

The bible lists the three groups which it addresses:

1 Corinthians 10:32: “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:”

 

Three examples of the Bible speaking to these individual groups:

The Jews – Genesis 15:18: “In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:”

The Gentiles – Ephesians 2:11-12: “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:”

The Church, the Body of Christ – Ephesians 3:1-9: “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) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 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:”