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Got 20 minutes? Then you have time for a Bible study! Mysteries of the Kingdom presents 20-minute Bible studies that go beyond the milk of the Word to the meat - the deeper truths for the spiritually mature.

Got 20 minutes? Then you have time for a Bible study! Mysteries of the Kingdom presents 20-minute Bible studies that go beyond the milk of the Word to the meat - the deeper truths for the spiritually mature.


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Got 20 minutes? Then you have time for a Bible study! Mysteries of the Kingdom presents 20-minute Bible studies that go beyond the milk of the Word to the meat - the deeper truths for the spiritually mature.








The Holy Spirit is God

"But Peter said, 'Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the price of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.'" (Acts 5:3-4) In a recent episode, we established the truth of the Trinity with a specific focus on all the scriptures that prove Jesus is God. In this...


The Great Salvation

"For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty, how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? " (Hebrews 2:1-3) What is the Great Salvation? Is it different from what we commonly think of as salvation? If so, how? In this 20-Minute Bible Study, we provide scriptural answers to these questions.


The Trinity of Man

"May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Thessalonians 5:23) Man, like God, is three in one – a trinity of mind, body and spirit. For the first three centuries, this was church doctrine. In this 20-Minute Bible Study, we revisit the four key scriptures that support the doctrine.


The Truth of the Trinity

“After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.’” (Matthew 3:16-17) Have you ever met a Christian who denied the truth of the Trinity? In this 20-Minute Bible Study, we share our experiences with Trinity deniers and the biblical evidence we used to counter their arguments.


Places for Disqualified Souls

"Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” (Matthew 22:13) In this 20-Minute Bible Study, we answer another listener question: What happens to a person's soul at the Judgement Seat of Christ if it does not go into the kingdom?


Must the Gospel Sound Good?

"For as the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth, making it bear and sprout, and providing seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so will My word be which goes out of My mouth; it will not return to Me void, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it." (Isaiah 55: 10-11) In this week's lesson, we discuss a question all Christians ask at least once during their spiritual walk: Do I have to...


The Kingdom of God ... or Heaven?

"And Jesus said to His disciples, 'Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.'" (Matthew 19: 23-24) A listener wrote to chastise us, saying: "The kingdom of God is not the same thing as the kingdom of heaven ...you should not be trying to teach the two kingdoms as being the same.” Is he correct? In this lesson, we address his...


The Hope of Glory

"...that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to 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 1:26-27) Jesus told His disciples that it had been granted to them to know "the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven." But what does that phrase mean? Of what “mysteries” was Jesus speaking? In this 20-Minute Bible...


Persuaded by the Son

"'For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.'” (John 3:17-18) How does salvation happen? Does it happen in the heart with a feeling? In the mind with a concept? Do you have to confess with your mouth for it to be real? Or perhaps demonstrate it’s real by being...


Fasting as a Formula

"When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed." (Acts 14:23) What is the ultimate purpose of fasting and prayer? Should it be approached as some sort of formula? In this 20-Minute Bible Study, we address these questions, which were recently raised by an earnest listener.


No Fear in Love

"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love." (1 John 4:18) Should Christians fear God? The Bible says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7). But the verse above says “there is no fear in love." So which is it? Listen to this 20-Minute Bible Study to find out.


Outside the Lighted Palace

We've hit a milestone: This is the 100th episode of 20-Minute Bible Studies. A big THANK YOU to all of our longtime listeners & supporters! For those who have been with us since the beginning, you may have noticed we continue to go deeper in our Bible studies and are not shying away from the more difficult topics. This lesson on the "outer darkness" is no exception. It is perhaps the deepest we've gone to date, and it will no doubt be controversial to many. Let us know what you think.


Guilty Enough to Go to Hell

"You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell." (Matthew 5:21-22) A listener recently asked: "Would you please clarify Gehenna and...


The Two Foundations

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house;...


To Judge or Not to Judge?

"[D]o you not know that the saints will judge the world? If the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life?" (1 Corinthians 6: 2-3) Should Christians judge others? The Bible seems to say yes ... and also no. In this 20-Minute Bible Study, we take on this seeming contradiction.


The Way, the Truth and the Life

"Thomas said to Him, 'Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?' Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.'" (John 14:5-6) Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. This is a phrase every Christian knows. But have you ever taken the time to consider each word and what it means? Join us as we do exactly that in this 20-Minute Bible Study.


You Are Gods, Sons of the Most High

"Jesus answered them, 'Has it not been written in your Law, "I said, you are gods"? If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’"? (John 10: 34-36) In this 20-Minute Bible Study, we take a closer look at an intriguing passage of scripture that some have used to promote the false teaching that humans can be equal to...


The Word Was God

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being ... And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:1-3 & 14) In this 20-Minute Bible Study, we review the many scriptures that prove Jesus is God. Not just a prophet who...


You Are a Temple of God

"Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy — and that is what you are." (1 Corinthians 3:16-17) The Bible says your body is a temple, and that means you shouldn't smoke, drink or eat unhealthy food — right? In this 20-Minute Bible Study, we examine that claim in responding to comments from a vegetarian believer.


Why Do We Divide the Word?

"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15) Should Christians divide the Word of God? And if so, what does that even mean? In this 20-Minute Bible Study, we discuss methods and challenges in rightly dividing the Word.