Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery. Part 1.
Wednesday, January 5, 2005
“I have learned the secret” - perf-pass-ind - mueo = to be initiated into a secret, it does not just mean to be instructed, but to learn a secret - the secret to life.
Mueo - the fraternities of the ancient world had certain rules and regulations and mysteries.
Musterion, in the New Testament, means a system of doctrine to which you are to be initiated into if you are going to advance in the spiritual life.
The verb means to be initiated by understanding something, in this case doctrine.
The Royal Family of God is to live as aristocracy in the midst of the devil’s world.
Perfect tense - mueo = a consummative perfect tense emphasizing the process which has been completed.
Passive voice - once reversionistic, but now in supergrace, the apostle Paul has received initiation into the mysteries.
Indicative mood - declarative for the historical fact, that Paul’s Jerusalem reversionism is over. He has been initiated into the secrets of reversionistic discipline, he has been initiated into the blessing of reversion recovery.
In fact, I have come to know, [I have come to experience] how to be degraded [reversionism], also I have come to know or experience what it is to live in the prosperity of supergrace. In any place and in all circumstances I have been initiated into the mystery.
The Church-age and its doctrine were never mentioned in Old Testament prophecy, but instead it was fully developed in the New Testament epistles, ROM 16:25-26, COL 1:25-26, EPH 3:3-6 - this mystery is now revealed.
Mystery - musterion = that which is hidden, a secret or a mystery.
It is this body of doctrine known as mystery doctrine which sets the Church-age apart from other dispensations.
The mystery doctrine of the Church unveils the characteristics unique to the Christian way of life.
Mystery doctrine tells the believer what he must do now that he is a Christian.
1. The false system of spirituality by personality.
PRO 21:29 A wicked man hardeneth his face:
MAT 7:15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”
ROM 16:18 For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own emotions; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
2. The false system of spirituality by content of speech.
3. Spirituality through mannerisms.
4. Spirituality by yielding.
ROM 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
5. Spirituality through self-crucifixion.
They misinterpret ROM 6:1-3.
Rather than relying on the ministry of God the Holy Spirit to do the changing they set out to wipe their own slate clean - spirituality by asceticism.
Aor-pass-ind - sustauroo = “has already been crucified.”
6. Spirituality by prohibitions or traditions.
A cultural tradition or social usage of certain things cannot determine spirituality since the unbeliever can observe such traditions as well.
These include some of the following prejudices; do not smoke, drink, dance, play cards, go to movies, go swimming in the same pool with the opposite sex, wear cosmetics, etc.
Anything the unbeliever can do is not a part of the spiritual life.
No two believers attain the same degree of spiritual growth at any given time.
Impersonal love demands tolerance toward all believers in their various stages of spiritual growth.
Converts who respond to legalism become hypocrites and self-righteous.
Those who react to and reject these prohibitions often end up rejecting God’s plan for their life.
7. Spirituality by relativity.
The cosmic Christian thinks that subtle sins are justified and shocking sins must be persecuted.
JAM 2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.
8. Spirituality by ritual.
COL 2:16-17, Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.
9. Program spirituality.
Christian service is the result of a believer properly motivated by God the Holy Spirit and Bible doctrine.
The problem in most churches is that overt activity is substituted for the enabling power of the Holy Spirit.
Program Christianity creates an ignorance which results in frustration and permanent carnality.
10. Spirituality through emotion.
Our emotions respond to what is inside of our soul - thoughts or lack of thoughts.
Our emotions also respond to the physiological part of the body.
Emotions can function independently from thinking.
Emotion can be good and it can even respond to spiritual things but emotion has nothing to do with the spiritual life.