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What mystery? There is no mystery, because Paul tells us and it is not the Trinity doctrine

by Bill Wong

 

 

 

 

A Trinity doctrine cannot say it is a mystery.  Why?  Because if there was a mystery it was revealed by Paul.  Unfortunately for Trinitarians, the mystery Paul reveals has nothing to do with the holy spirit or a triune godhead. The Greek word which is translated into English as ‘mystery’ actually means a secret, as in silence. But, this secret is now revealed.

 

The mystery is Christ Himself: who He is, what He does for us in our salvation and the fulfillment of all prophecies and symbols.  Jesus is the Son of God who became flesh.  He is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15) and heir of all things and we are only reconciled through him.  And because of the reason of who He is, even more: He saves ALL men, not just the Jews.  The core of what was secret or hidden is that God is not just the God of the Jews, but He has always intended to save ALL mankind – both Jew and Gentile, and now it is revealed that though salvation is of the Jews (John 4:22), this salvation is for everyone (Romans 11), and Jesus is everything to us so that we may be saved. The mystery or secret revealed, is that the Lord Jesus – the Messiah of the Jews, is the same Messiah for ALL peoples. That is, the Gentiles are ALSO heirs of the promises of God and have the same forefather Abraham.

 

Paul knew what the mystery was and revealed it to us:

 

Romans 16:

25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began

26 but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith—

27 to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.      (NKJV)

 

 

A brief summation of the mystery is that Gentiles are fellow heirs and members of the body – through Jesus; He is not just the Messiah of the Jews, but He is the deliverer of ALL people.  The mystery is summarized: 

 

Ephesians 1:

4just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him In love 

5He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will

6to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 

7In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 

8which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight 

9He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him 

10with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.     (NASB)

 

Ephesians 3:

1For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles-- 

2if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace which was given to me for you; 

3that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. 

4By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 

5which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; 

6to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,     (NASB)

 

 

The mystery is we become part of God's family by marrying Christ.  The adoption is to all.

 

Ephesians 5:

25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 

26so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 

27that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. 

28So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;

29for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, 

30because we are members of His body. 

31FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. 

32This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.      (NASB)

 

 

 

So there is no mystery of a Trinity.   Paul revealed any mystery and the mystery is of Christ himself as the son of God, the one who loves and will save his bride – all peoples who have faith in him.  Paul spoke boldly about this – there is nothing hidden.

 

Ephesians 6:

19and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 

20for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

 

Colossians 1:

18He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 

19For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 

20and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. 

21And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 

22yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach-- 

23if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister. 

24Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions. 

25Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, 

26that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, 

27to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 

28We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. 

29For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.         (NASB)

 

Colossians 4:

 3praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned;

 4that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.     (NASB)

 

 

 

By calling the Trinity doctrine a mystery which mere mortals cannot grasp, the Trinity doctrine contradicts the Bible and is found to be lying, because God’s Word clearly says the mystery was of Christ himself, which was boldly revealed and taught by Paul. If there was any kind of mystery, it was revealed. So there is no mystery of the Trinity in the Bible; it is a man-made mystery.

 

The Trinity doctrine cannot claim the Trinity to be an unfathomable mystery not only because the only mystery referred to in the Bible is about Jesus, but also because Christians are supposed to have the mind of Christ:

 

1 Corinthians 2:

16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?”

   But we have the mind of Christ.                 (from Isaiah 40:13, NKJV)

 

Ephesians 1:

17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,                   (NKJV)

 

 

Therefore, with the mind of Christ, why would we not be able to explain a Trinity if it were true? And that is the point: a Trinity doctrine is not true. Otherwise, the mind of Christ within us would be able to explain it. Unless a Trinity doctrine wants to say that the very mind of Christ does not know what the nature of God really is?

 

Come, let us reason together. The Lord’s mind would know this. If believers of a Trinity doctrine do not understand it, then that means the Trinity doctrine is false; it does not mean the mind of the Lord cannot comprehend it.

 

1 Corinthians 1:

24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

(NKJV)

 

30And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,         (ESV)

 

Colossians 2:

2that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself,

 3in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.   (NASB)

 

 

 

It is made clear in Colossians 2:2-3 that it is Christ who is the mystery and who we should have true knowledge of and we have shown Paul expounds on this mystery/secret – revealing it to all. It also tells us that in Christ, we have the required wisdom and knowledge. God reveals himself to us by His son and is not a God of confusion.

 

So if we have the mind of Christ, Christ is the wisdom of God and in Him are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, then a Trinity doctrine cannot claim itself to be an unknowable mystery. Instead, the Bible reveals the mystery of the true nature of the Trinity doctrine. The Trinity doctrine’s own candid admission to be incomprehensible is an indictment on itself as being a false doctrine on the nature of God, because Christ has no part of, and therefore cannot explain, what is false.  

 

A prominent evangelist recently said on radio that the Bible should be so simple that an 8-year old can understand it.  But when a caller asked him about the Trinity he could not explain it.  There was silence and then some stuttering.

 

Very telling.....

 

The Trinity is not in the Bible.