This is not a chastisement of behaviors past; this is for exhortation and edification to help bring you to an expected end. As Christians you are stewards. A steward is one who manages the possessions of another. We are stewards of the resources, abilities and appointments that God has entrusted to our care. One day each one of us will be called to give an account for how we have managed what God has given us. This is who you are: “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with Him are called, and chosen and faithful.” Revelation 17:14
Often when we hear the word steward we think of finance. When we look at I Corinthians 4:1~2 we read that we are Stewards of the Mysteries of God, it reads; “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” God has given us dominion, authority and power to do what He reveals to us by His word, and His Holy Spirit. As stewards of the mysteries we are to edify and exhort one another according to the appointments God presents to us. Each, and every Gift given to us by the Holy Spirit is for that purpose. We must remember that all that we have was given and that we are stewards serving God’s Will to His people. So, whether they be Jew or Gentile we are to bring healing, deliverance, liberty and the testimony of Christ Jesus. I Peter 4:10 says; “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” As vessels we are not storage units. We cannot sit and let the living waters in us stagnate. We are to be poured out, poured into, poured out….
Deuteronomy 29:29 says; “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for, ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” Revelation brings responsibility. James 4:17 says; “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
Matthew 11:25 says; “At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.” Jesus knew the cities of Galilee did not have the eyes to see or the heart to love Him. Their rejection of Him was preparation for what was coming. Instead of catching an attitude He thanked God that nothing could frustrate the purposes of God. “At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.” Matthew 11:25
Romans 16:25~26 says; “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:” There is only one way of salvation, it was entrusted to Paul as “the Apostle to the Gentiles.” As for Peter he preached to the Jews. A mystery, a truth previously unknown, spoken is made manifest.
“If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 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: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.” Colossians 1:23~29.
Ephesians 2:19~20 says; “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;” You are not beasts, aliens, outsiders. You are stones to be used to construct the new temple with Christ Jesus being the chief cornerstone. You are a living stone, a Steward of the Mysteries of God.
“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in” Romans 11:25. Blindness has affected the unbelievers, until the fulness of the Gentiles. This means the blindness will last until the last member of the Body of Christ is added; then translation occurs.
“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:” Mark 4:11
“Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” I Corinthians 2:6~12. Wisdom is divine in origin. We can speak wisdom to the mature and be understood. To the unbeliever it sounds like parables.
Ephesians 1:9. Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
Ephesians 3:9. And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
Ephesians 6:19. And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
Colossians 1:26~27. Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 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:
Colossians 2:2. That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
Colossians 4:3. Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
2 Thessalonians 2:7. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
I 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.
Revelation 10:7. But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
1 Corinthians 4:1~7 says; “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another. For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?”
Delivered with the leading of the Holy Spirit by Joseph Striplin, Elder
House of David Bible and Ministry School