CONCEALED TRUTH REVEALED
April 27, 2003
INTRODUCTION: The key word in this passage is
"mystery." Speaks of that which has been kept hidden
for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the
saints (believers). A mystery was a truth which lay
hidden in the pages of the Old Testament, and its
explanation awaited another day. The day of
understanding came with the death and resurrection of
Christ, and the mystery was revealed to the saints.
The explanation was a "PESHER," a term common among
the rabbis for the interpretations they derived from
the biblical text.
A good example of a mystery is disclosed in I Peter
(Read 1 Peter 1:10-12)
The prophets could not fully understand what was
involved in the life and death of Jesus Christ.
In Balaam's prophecy in Numbers 24:17, we see a
picture of this truth.
Numbers 24:17, "I see Him, but not now; I behold Him,
but not near; a Star shall come out of Jacob; a
Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and batter the brow
of Moab, and destroy all the sons of tumult."
This predicted the future coming of Israel's
Hebrews 11:13, "These all died in faith, not having
received the promises, but having seen them afar off
were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that
they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Hebrews 11:39, "And all these, having obtained a good
testimony through faith, did not receive the promise."
Hebrews 11:40, "God having provided something better
for us, that they should not be made perfect apart
These passages combine to prove that the Old Testament
prophets who wrote of the coming of salvation knew it
was a future Savior who would come, and they were
really writing for those who are on this side of the
I. THE MYSTERY. 26-27
A. THE SECRET. 26a
Deuteronomy 29:29, "The secret things belong to the
LORD our God, but those t ...
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