The Revelation To Paul


Colossians 1:24-25

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The Revelation To Paul

of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. (Colossians 1:25-26, NKJV)

The Revelation To PaulPaul was a minister – that is, a servant of the body of Christ, the church. He did not take this position on his own initiative, but according to the stewardship from God. God put Paul into this position, he did not put himself.

In the Biblical sense, a mystery is not a riddle. It is a truth that can only be known by revelation and not by intuition. Now it can be known because it now has been revealed to His saints.

This reminds us that there are aspects of God’s plan that were not clearly revealed in the Old Testament. The specific mystery Paul refers to here deals with many aspects of the work of Jesus in His people, but especially the plan of the church, to make one body out of Jew and Gentile, taken from the “trunk” of Israel, yet not Israel.

We will get into this more deeply in our upcoming study of Ephesians.

“The mystery is this: that God had designed to grant the Gentiles the same privileges with the Jews, and make them his people who were not his people. That this in what Paul means by the mystery, see Ephesians 3:3, etc.” – Adam Clarke


Holy Father God, grant us insight into the revelation You gave to Paul. We are thankful and grateful to be Your people. How can we serve and honor You this day? In Jesus name, Amen.

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