God had to keep the Age of Grace a secret, not to deceive or deprive us, but to ensure His eternal plan would work. If His secret were known ahead of time, the plan would not work. Our fate and the fate of the world depended upon that secret being kept—at all costs. Had the secret (called the mystery in the Bible) been found out ahead of time, the powers of darkness would not have crucified Christ; without His death no one could ever be saved. “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the ruler of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Cor. 2:7-8). The mystery (secret) was not that Christ had to die: that was well prophesied. The secret was God had a whole new, un-prophesied, Age of Grace in His plan.
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