A BIT OF THE FASCINATING TALE of CHURCH/MISSION HISTORY (the expansion of The Kingdom of God among the nations in real time)
The Gospel as Public Truth – Lesslie Newbigin
READ: ST.PAUL– A MUD-POT for An Unsearchable Treasure ( The Church-on-mission in the world)
THE GOD of THE OPEN SECRET Is Behind it ALL
Thus to expect great things of the future, it must be emphasized, lay in the very nature of Israel’s faith from the beginning. If GOD be the Lord of history who works his will in history, and if He has chosen Israel to serve his purpose, then surely He will bring that purpose to its conclusion. And, if He has, in the covenant bond, demanded of Israel full obedience, he has also promised that if they obeyed, He would defend them and establish them in the Promised Land! And He is powerful to do so, and his word is faithful.
What outcome, then, could history have but the fulfillment of promise, the establishment of God’s chosen people under his rule in peace? The future leads on to the victory of God’s purpose. The seeds of that tenacious confidence in the coming KINGDOM of GOD thus lie here in the faith that made Israel a people.
– JOHN BRIGHT, The Kingdom of God ( 1953)
OPEN SECRET- OVERVIEW
From one of my favorite historical-Theologians, comes this helpful essay of “The Unity of Faith” which broadly serves to outline the path of history the OPEN SECRET has traveled since the first century, but also speaks of the major divisions within that history and what binds them all together. –The UNITY of FAITH by Timothy George (Touchstone Magazine)
A Unity Worth Dying For The Unity of The Martyrs (Hebrews 12:1,2)
The ORTHODOX CHURCH in America
A major part of the OPEN SECRET in history involves this branch of ancient Christianity that insists it is the “original” and hasn’t changed as everyone else has. They have become a significant part of the American church, now numbering more members than all the various Presbyterian churches. In this article that history is celebrated. HISTORY and FUTURE of OCA
Another current chapter of the OPEN SECRET being written is the Anglican Church Continuum in America.
-Catch the GLOBALVISION (Video) of God’s eternal purpose!(from U.S Center for World Evangelization).
The Apostle Paul tells us that there is a secret, a great secret which was hidden from ages and from generations (Col. 1: 26), which the world was seeking after in vain, which wise men from the East hoped they might find, and God says it “is now made manifest to his saints”: A CLEAR TESTIMONY : “CHRIST IN YOU”, the precious little Secret of A.B.Simpson
CHRIST in Y’ALL– The open secret is about life in Christ lived out in community. See the recent discovery of this essential truth by Neil Carter, in his fascinating new book.
TWO PRISONERS of THE GOSPEL on The Open Secret: What St.Paul and St.John had in common.(Paul Minear)
LIKE CHRIST – Andrew Murray a classic on God’s purpose in creating man. (concluding chapter)
THE COMMANDMENT of The EVERLASTING GOD:
25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen. (Romans 16)
For further study of the Open Secret, James Fowler’s 1998 essay on “Christianity is Christ” is highly recommended by e4unity.