The Mystery in 1st Corinthians 15

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“Behold, I shew you a mystery”
–1CORINTHIANS 15:51

There are, in God’s Word, several of what the Bible calls a “mystery.”

What is a Biblical mystery?

The Bible uses the term, “mystery” to refer to a sacred secret. It is something that had been hidden in the past but was eventually revealed.
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The secret that was hidden during the Old Testament period is revealed in the New Testament. This is the biblical use of the term, “mystery.” Mystery is used in this sense a number of times in Scripture.

There are roughly ten of these “mysteries” referred to in the Bible.  Actually, there are about a dozen, including two which Jesus spoke of and revealed when He walked the earth.

BUT, to get to the mystery revealed in 1st Corinthians 15, it is helpful to see what the apostle Paul wrote about that mystery, which concerned the event the Bible calls the “gathering together.”

The world calls this event–in which it does NOT believe–the Rapture.  And the churches have followed along with the world in also labeling that event as the “rapture.”

But, Paul’s revelation of this mystery contains MUCH information not previously known to man.

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
–1CORINTHIANS 15:51-53

God– through the apostle Paul–reveals that there will be a group of men right before Jesus returns to earth who will NOT die but who shall undergo the change which usually occurs at one’s death.

This change stands in for what normally happens to man at his death, which is that man’s corruptible, MORTAL nature is changed to an incorruptible, IMMORTAL nature.

The CHANGE which occurs has to do with becoming immortal and spending the rest of one’s eternity either in bliss or in judgment.

This CHANGE takes the place of death for those in this small group.  So, what God’s Word says in Hebrews is still valid.

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”
–Hebrews 9:27

These are those who are part of the “gathering together” mentioned in 2THESSALONIANS.

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition”
–2THESSALONIANS 2:1-3

The Greek word used in the Bible is VERY specific: perousia.

NOW, the world tells us that “perousia” means “a coming.”

BUT, at one time, the entire meaning of perousia was popularly explained.  Yes, it refers to a coming (usually of some high official or royalty).  BUT, it also means the townspeople going out to greet the incoming nabob and ESCORTING him into their town.

At one time, the ESCORTING part of perousia was deemed a VERY important part of its meaning.

NOW?

Not so much apparently.

It also helped explain why the gathering together was called the perousia in the original Greek.

SO, there are a small group of folks who survive the wrath of Satan in the last days and who are changed, and then go out to meet Jesus Christ as He returns to earth and ESCORT him back to His future, unending kingdom.

And that seems to be the whole idea behind the revelation of the mystery in 1st Corinthians.

DOES the reader have any thoughts on the mystery in 1CORINTHIANS 15?

DOES the reader have any thoughts on the event referred to as the “gathering together”?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: March 15, 2021.]

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