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According to Acts 26:16 Paul was to be a witness of the things he had seen (the things preached by Stephen and the 12), and of things in the which the Lord would appear unto him (recounted in Gal 1). Therefore his gospel centered around the kingdom, same as the 12. There was no disagreement on that score at the council in Acts 15. But the new things Paul did receive of the Lord and preach was that Gentiles could partake of Israel's spiritual things by faith without keeping the law (Romans 15:27). Paul's preaching the kingdom brought on the accusation at Thessalonica that he proclaimed another King than Caesar (Acts 17:7 ). Paul wrote 7 epistles during Acts.
1. Galatians. To Gentile believers. The circumcision still under the law, trying to bring the Gentile under it too. No administration of the mystery in that. Gentile believers children of Abraham by faith and partakers of the promise (Gal. 3:29). The hope, the New Jerusalem (Gal. 4:26).
2. Hebrews. To the Jewish believers. Still under the law as priesthood is a main theme. They are still God's firstborn (Heb. 12:23; cf. Ex 4:22). Their hope, the New Jerusalem (Heb. 12:22). The things of the law pointed to better things of the coming kingdom. No administration of the mystery here.
3. I Thessalonians. Both Jews and Gentiles there (Acts 17:4). Theme of ch 4 is coming of Israel's Messiah to set up His kingdom. Times and seasons now known because Revelation now written (contrast Acts 1:6-7). No administration of the mystery here.
4. II Thessalonians. Had Israel's hope. Warned that the day of the Lord had not begun as some had said (2 Thes. 2:2 ). They were suffering for the kingdom ( 2 Thes. 1:5). There must be a falling away in Israel before the day of the Lord (2 Thes. 2:3). Still under law and commandments (2 Thes. 3:6). Nothing here about the administration of the mystery.
5. I Corinthians. Both Jew and Gentile. The Jew spoken to in chapters 10 and 11. Gentiles spoken to in chapter 12. Still under law, so some sleep and some sickly because of breaking it in the feast of the Passover. Coming of the Messiah in 1 Cor. 15:51-52. Note reference to the Revelation in speaking of last trumpet. They still had the gifts of the Spirit. No administration of the mystery here.
6. II Corinthians. Paul still a minister of the New Testament ( 3:6) which is for the house of Israel and Judah (Jer 31:31). Under the law, and Christ the sin-offering (2 Cor. 5:21). Tells of John and his Revelation of 14 years before (2 Cor. 12:1-5). No administration of the mystery in any of this.
7. Romans. Both to Jew and Gentile. Jew spoken to in chapter 2 especially. Gentiles told of their place in the kingdom and why in chapters 10 and 11. Gentile believers are partakers of Israel's spiritual things, not of the administration of the mystery (Rom. 15:27). Dispensationally the Jew is first (Rom. 1:16). The Jews have a great advantage over the Gentiles (Rom. 9:1-5). The law is still in effect (Rom. 13:9-10 ).
In all 7 of these epistles, there is no hint of or mention of the administration of the mystery.