A Precious Secret Revealed

By

Marion Kelly

Chapter One

Paul was chosen to change the world by Jesus Christ. His letters: Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Titus and Corinthians formed nearly half of the New Testament in the Holy Bible. Paul was moved by the Holy Spirit to write his letters.

Apostle Paulís gospel states that Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and then rose on the third day. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. This gospel was kept secret by God since the beginning of the world. Roman 16:25. God kept these secrets until he was ready to reveal them and God expects you to believe them. Deuteronomy 29:29. God turns to us, non-Jews, with the secret about the gospel, which was revealed to Paul. Roman 16:25, Ephesians 3:8. Apostle Paul received the gospel from the ascending Jesus. In his letters he preaches what God expects us to believe. God called us in the midst of a wicked world to make stipulations in the Bible for us. Through the Apostle Paul, God opened a way for Christianity to become a world religion; believe the gospel to become all things in Christ.

Paul received the power to heal through Jesus, which enabled a man to walk again. On his mission to preach the gospel, Paul met up with Barnabas. Together they began to sow seeds which began to bear fruit. Then he was joined by Silas, who also assist in the preaching of the gospel. Later he met a woman called Lydia, who was the first to embrace Christianity. In Athens Paul preached the Gospel, and then he went to Corinth, a city of wickedness and idolatry, where he preached about love for two years.

When Jesus walked the earth

Jesus came to this earth to teach us about the kingdom of God.

During Jesus Christís ministry, he went about in Israel teaching in synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom that is to come. He went about healing every sickness and disease among the people. He turned water to wine at a special wedding. There were many who believed that he was the Messiah and there were those who did not. Jesus is a reference to Godís resurrection. He appeared on earth as Godís son, but Jesus never stopped being God; for the wind and waves obeyed him. Angels are nothing compared to him. Hebrews 1:2, 3, 4

Then came Paul

Three years after Christ died on the cross, Paul laid the foundation of the worldwide judge, preaching the gospel. The gospel that saves you and makes you ready for righteousness, the Holy Spirit, and the new kingdom that is to come. He revealed Godís precious secret to the world.

Before Saul of Tarsus became Paul, his mission was to wipe the name of Jesus from the earth. Christians fled in fear of their lives to different parts of the world. There was a great persecution against the church, the Christians, by Saul in Jerusalem. Stephen, one of Jesus last disciples, was stoned to death by Saulís order. Stephen was preaching that Jesus is alive and that he is the Messiah, the image of the invisible God. Colossians 1:15. The Bible says that Cephas and the twelve disciples saw Jesus first after his resurrection, and then 500 brothers saw him, then James, then all the apostles and last of all, Saul saw him.

Before Saul saw Jesus, he had many other disciples beat for preaching about Jesus. Fearing for their lives, many Christians headed to Damascus. Saul of Tarsus headed to Damascus to persecute the Christians, who preached that Jesus is the Messiah, but they did not preach the gospel. On Saulís way to Damascus, Jesus appeared and stopped him; Saul fell from his horse. While lying on the ground he faces the bright light, because that was all he could see, and then he asks the light that was calling his name, ďWho are you.Ē Jesus answers and says, ďI am Jesus, the one who you persecute.Ē

Jesus blinded him before he fell off of the horse. Saul was startled and frightened to know that the man he denied and persecuted, and thought was dead, spoke to him. Jesus said, ďTell the soldiers to take you to Straight.Ē Saulís soldiers took him to a street called Straight. Jesus sent one of his chosen Christians, Ananias, to Saul to restore his sight. Ananias baptized Saul with water. Saul became a Christian, filled with the Holy Spirit and began his ministry with the name Paul and preached, ďIf you believe that Jesus is Lord, died on the cross, and then he rose from the dead, you shall be saved.Ē He was met with ridicule in many places, because of what he preached. Many did not accept him because of the stoning of Stephen, which he ordered.

Saul was converted, but there were others that wanted to destroy the Christians. The Christians spread out throughout the world in fear of their safety, but they continued to spread the gospel. The disciples separated and went about teaching Christianity. Paul converts 1000 across the Mediterranean with the Gospel. He made it known that Jesus gave him this commission. He related to the people that Christ did not send him to baptize, but to preach the gospel. 1 Cor. 1-17. He also preached faith, hope, and love, love being the greatest of all. Later, Paul was imprisoned and beheaded, but his words live on.

The most significant event in the Bible happened between Jesus and Paul. That event brought an end to the old covenant. The most spectacular change occurred that changed in the way God cared for his people. The spectacular news, the precious secret that changed the world is that we can be saved through what the apostle Paul preached and learning the gospel was necessary for the people to have the salvation that Christ actually taught during his earthly ministry. God put all things in subjection under his feet. Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, was crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man, came to this earth to teach us about the kingdom of God.

The gospel is the greatest preparation that is necessary to enter the new kingdom that is to come. People have learned that Christís death and resurrection is the key to the kingdom of God. The message of the cross is the power of God for salvation. 1 Cor. 1:23

We are resurrected with Christ, buried with him in baptism through our faith in the gospel from God, who raised Christ from the dead. Many years before Christ was born, David, a prophet of God, had a vision; He saw Christ sitting on the right hand of God, after his resurrection. Acts 2:25

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