Monday, January 1, 2018

The Mystery of anti-Christ

“The mystery of anti-Christ”

2nd Thessalonians 2:                                       

V7 (Peshitta text): For the mystery of iniquity is already at work: until he who now is the obstacle is taken out of the way.

“The mystery of iniquity” in 2nd Thessalonians 2:7, above, could be compared and considered in the same light as the “The mystery of godliness” in 1st Timothy 3:16 or the mystery of Christ in Ephesians 3:4 and is further amplified by Col 1: 27; “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: 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

Ephesians 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ.

Col 1:27 to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

In considering the meaning of “the mystery” either of Godliness, of Christ or of Iniquity, we should see mysteries, by definition as; something hidden which may not readily be revealed; “a secret or mystery”.   For example, Jesus spoke of “the mystery of the Kingdom” and always spoke in parables and metaphor’s to keep the mystery hidden (a secret), except for those “with eyes to see and ears to hear”.

Mar 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

So let us see these mysteries in the same way and ask the Lord to reveal them to us and not just rely on the traditional teachings of men:

The mystery of Godliness and of Christ deals with the manifestation of God in the flesh, the work of Jesus the Christ and the gift to His believers of the Holy Spirit, in order that we might become partakers of His divine nature.

Anti-freeze, by definition, could be anything that would prevent freezing.   By definition, then; “Anti-Christ” could be anything that prevents the perfection and manifestation of Christ in His Church.

Perfection and the manifestation of Christ in the Body of Christ is the goal that God has purposed for us and defined by Paul as; “Christ in us, the hope of glory”.

Eph 4:12 for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:

Oh…there is one more comparison we should consider, closer, as we inquire into “the mystery of iniquity”; “The mystery of the Kingdom”. Jesus warned His disciples that they were not to look for it, “here” or “there” because it was located WITHIN them.

So, again, the leavened doctrines of men have externalized, down through the centuries, the mystery of iniquity.   

Anti-Christ ? 

Rev_13:18  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

Incidentally and I think, not coincidentally, the medical community tells us that our flesh contains exactly six hundred and sixty six (666) skeletal muscles. 

Scripture tells us that “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God”, because it (the flesh) is by scriptural definition; Anti or; at war with the Spirit.  The flesh is contrary to the Sprit and unwilling to submit to Gods government, Kingdom (Kings-dominion) or rule of God.  (also; see Romans 7: and 8)

1Co 15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

“That wicked”  (2nd Thessalonians 2:8)
Wicked: G3551; lawless, that is, (negatively) not subject to (the Jewish) law; (by implication a Gentile), or (positively) wicked: - without law, lawless, transgressor, unlawful, wicked.

Our wicked flesh, surely, needs to be submitted to be crucified with
Christ and our faith, our trust is in Christ, is that He will do that very work.
His Dominion within us will, then, be manifest outwardly; A daily, progressive, resurrection unto His new life in us, until He is fully apparent in us.

Col 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:

If we, our fleshly desires and motivations, are crucified (not literally of course) with Him, we are also to be resurrected with Him.  His coming or appearing in us, His light, our new resurrection life, will destroy the dark motivations to sin or… “that wicked” in us. And then His light or his life will fill us and from the cleaned heart will come forth the manifestations of His righteousness in us.

Tit 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 

Mat 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Joh 1:4  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Luk 6:45  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Psa 37:5  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. v6  And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

Verses 9a & 10 of 2nd Thessalonians 2: describes “the working of
Satan" in this manner;

  “…the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

This is “ANTI-“ or In direct contrast to certain promises and expectations that true Christians have, which are:

 “…the workings of Christ”, with all righteousness in us that live, is because we do receive the love of the truth, that we might be saved!

Yet it does not appear what we shall be.  But, when He comes or appears or is manifest in us, we shall be like Him and see Him as He is.
1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, (be fully manifest) we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

1Jn 2:28  And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, (be fully manifest) we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

The real target that the church should be zeroing in on to destroy the works of the devil is Ant-Christ for sure and certain.  That would be the desires and motivations of…OUR FLESH   And then for us to fully understand that it is not by our works that this destruction will be done, but rather by His work in us.   It is only “the brightness of His coming that will bring us to the final victory.

This whole passage in 2 Thessalonians 2: leaves no wiggle room for anything ANTI-Christ after the Lord shows up (2Th 2:8).  This is a total victory picture of; "the day of the Lord" (whatever and whenever that may be).

Co 13:12  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Let Him who hath an ear, hear

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B. Keith Chadwell