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The Mystery Of Iniquity. RCCG Sunday School Manual.

Memory Verse: “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he is taken out of the way“-2 Thess. 2:7. 
 
 
Bible Passage: 2 Thess. 2:1-12.
 
 

Introduction

Mystery simply means something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained. It takes its root from the Latin word “mysterium” and the ancient Greek word “mysterion” meaning a secret or secret rite. Iniquity from its root ‘anomia” (in Greek) means illegality i.e violation of law or wickedness, transgression of the law, unrighteousness or lawlessness. Therefore, the mystery of iniquity is a system of lawlessness for which believers are warned and expected to be on guard. 
 
 

OUTLINES 

THE MYSTERY OF INIQUITY EXPLAINED

the mystery of iniquity is the working of lawlessness in the world, leading to a worldwide rebellion against God (Matt. 24:12; 2 Timothy 3:1-4). It is all about controlling people, systems, finance etc. (Genesis 11:4). It is an interwoven series of complex systems that have slipped into politics, entertainment, sports, education, religion, media etc. (Romans 1:21-22). It is also revealed through the spirit of seduction, and doctrines of the devils (2 Timothy 3:13; 1 Timothy 4;1). It showcases sinful behaviours and diabolic practices in human beings (Acts 8:22-23; Matt. 23:28).
 
 
Iniquity relates more to the inner character (Mark 7:21-23) and points to an intentional desire to twist God’s holy standard (Jude 4). It drives human beings to twist God’s word (Titus 1:11). It will one day culminate in the appearance of the Antichrist, whose spirit is already at work in the world but is being restrained for now so that the world is not as evil as it could be (2 Thess. 2:7-8; 1 John 4:3). 
 
BELIEVERS MUST BE ON THE WATCH
With the spirit of lawlessness everywhere in the world, believers must:
1. Search, read and guard their heart diligently and always (Joel 2;13; Prov. 4:23). 
2. Confess any known sin. (1 John 1:9) and repent receiving forgiveness from the Lord (Acts 3;19). 
3. Do Not conform to this world’s system (Romans 12:2) and be diligent to keep God’s commandment (Deut. 11:22). 
4. Watch and pray (Matt. 26:41) and ask for a new heart (Psalms 51:10). 
5. Put on the new man (Col. 3;10) and be constantly renewed by the Holy Ghost (Titus 3:5).
6. Depart from iniquity (2 Timothy 2;19) and remove the old yeast of sin (1 Cor. 5:17).

7. Purge themselves (2 Tim. 2:21) and let their garments be spotless (Eccl. 9:8). 

 

 
CONCLUSION: Believers must know that the spirit of lawlessness is already operating in tyher world presently and they must ensure that they keep the profession of their faith to the end. 
 
 

QUESTIONS 

1. What is the mystery of iniquity ?
2. Mentionf four (4) things believers can do to be on the watch. 
 
 

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