Mysteries in the Scriptures, from Scofield Reference Notes (1917)

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A “mystery” in Scripture is a previously hidden truth, now divinely revealed; but in which a supernatural element still remains despite the revelation. The greater mysteries are:

(1) The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven Matthew 13:3-50

(2) the mystery of Israel’s blindness during this age Romans 11:25 (with context)

(3) the mystery of the translation of living saints at the end of this age 1 Corinthians 15:51,52; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17

(4) the mystery of N.T. church as one body composed of Jew and Gentile Ephesians 3:1-11; Romans 16:25; Ephesians 6:19; Colossians 4:3

(5) the mystery of the church as the bride of Christ Ephesians 5:28-32

(6) the mystery of the inliving Christ Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:26,27

(7) the “mystery of God even Christ,” i.e. Christ as the incarnate fullness of the Godhead embodied, in whom all the divine wisdom for man subsists Colossians 2:2,9; 1 Corinthians 2:7

(8) the mystery of the processes by which godlikeness is restored to man 1 Timothy 3:16

(9) the mystery of iniquity 2 Thessalonians 2:7; Matthew 13:33.

(10) the mystery of the seven stars Revelation 1:20

(11) the mystery of Babylon Revelation 17:5, 7

Matthew 13:11

He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Romans 11:25

For I would not, brethren, that ye should be of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52

51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all , but we shall all be changed,

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised , and we shall be changed.

1 Thessalonians 4:14-17

14 For if we believe that Jesus , even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Ephesians 3:1-11

1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

2 If ye have heard of the of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the ; (as I wrote afore in few words,

4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my in the mystery of Christ)

5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

6 That the Gentiles should be , and of the same body, and of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the of his power.

8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the riches of Christ;

9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been , who created all things by Jesus Christ:

10 To the intent that now unto the in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

11 According to the purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

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 since the world began,

Ephesians 6:19

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the of the gospel,

Colossians 4:3

Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a , to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

Ephesians 5:28-32

28 So ought men to love their wives as their . He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and it, even as the Lord the church:

30 For we are of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be .

32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning .

Galatians 2:20

I am with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Colossians 1:26-27

26 Even the mystery which hath been hid , but now is made manifest to his saints:

27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the ; which is Christ ine you, the hope of glory:

Colossians 2:2, 9

2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

9 For in him dwelleth all the bodily.

1 Corinthians 2:7

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

1 Timothy 3:16

And without controversy great is the : God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

2 Thessalonians 2:7

For the mystery of doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

Matthew 13:33

Another parable spake he unto them; The is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

Revelation 1:20

The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven .

Revelation 17:5, 7

5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, , THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the , and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.


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