Intro: This verse tells us that there are some things that
have been kept
secret from the foundations of the world. There are some
things that were
hidden, a mystery from before the world was ever
formed. This mystery is
spoken of in other passages as well, Rom. 16:25; 1 Cor.
2:7-10; Col. 1:25-27.
All these verses, plus others, reveal to us the fact that
there are some things
that have been hidden from eternity. These hidden mysteries
have been revealed
to the saints of God. God says that we can know these
mysteries and be blessed
by them. I would like to share with you 4 great mysteries
that were put in
place before the world was made and that are a great mystery
to the lost, but a
great blessing to the saved. Lets consider together
this thought, Before
there was a world.
I. BEFORE THE WAS A SINNER, THERE WAS A SAVIOR
(1 Pet. 1:18-20)
A. A Lamb Spoken Of Gen. 3:15 (Immediately after sin
entered the world,
God began to reveal His plan for the redemption of sinners!)
B. A Lamb Sent John 1:29 (Ill. When Jesus was
born into this world, a
little more of Gods eternal plan became visible.)
C. A Lamb Slain Rev. 13:8 (Ill. When Calvary
was accomplished, the plan
of God was in full view of the human race.) (Ill. Some still
II. BEFORE THERE WAS GUILT, THERE WAS GRACE
(2 Tim. 1:9) (Ill. Grace is the unmerited love and favor of
A. Before Man Ever Strayed Isa. 53:6. There was grace
to bring him
B. Before Man Ever Sinned Rom. 3:23. There was grace
to make him clean.
C. Before Man Ever Became Separated Isa. 59:2. There
was grace to
reconcile him to God! (Ill. It is grace that saves
Eph. 2:8-9! Grace is
sufficient for all men Rom. 5:20.)
III. BEFORE THERE WAS THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH,
WAS THE PROMISE OF LIFE Titus 1:2
A. To Those Who Would Come To Christ John 6:37; Rev.
B. To Those Who Would Confess Christ Rom. 10:9-10
(Ill. Matt. 10:32-33)
(Ill. Phil. 2:11)
C. To Those Who Would Claim Christ Rom. 10:11; Mark
8:38 (Ill. Rom. 10:13) Ill. Before that first sinner ever
bowed, God had already made a way to
receive him! When that sinner bows tonight, Jesus will
receive them also!
IV BEFORE THERE WAS A HELL, THERE WAS A HEAVEN
(Eph. 1:4; Matt. 25:34) (Ill. Heaven the dwelling of God!
Psa. 11:4. Ill. Purpose of Hell Matt. 25:41) Hell is
real, but so is Heaven!
A. For Redeemed People (Saved) (Ill. John 14:1-3) (1
B. For Righteous People (Perfected) (Ill. Not our
righteousness Phil. 3:9)
C. For Reconciled People (Forgiven) Eph. 1:7; Psa.
Conc: Ill. There is more 1 Cor. 2:9. And it is all
ours Rom. 8:17.