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and this of itself is a strong witness to the Pauline authorship of the epistle to the
Hebrews. In I Cor. 15: `all' includes enemies which are to be `destroyed'. In Heb. 2:,
it is the Devil, the holder of the power of death that is destroyed. From the dispensational
point of view, the hope and calling of Hebrews necessitated the statement `we see not yet
all things under His feet' but from the dispensational view point of Ephesians this
limitation is excluded. At the very same time that the Apostle could say `we see not yet'
he could say:
"And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to
the Church, which is His body" (Eph. 1: 22, 23).
Universal headship has not yet been taken by the Saviour, but He IS NOW Head over
`all things' TO THE CHURCH. The very parenthetical nature of the dispensation of the
Mystery, makes it possible to see all things under His feet here and now, yet to say in
Heb. 2: `we see not yet all things under His feet'. I Cor. 15: and Heb. 2: refer to
Adam, either in type or by name. Ephesians does not quote Psa. 8: so fully, and Adam
is not named. The earlier epistles (I Cor. and Heb.) do not go back further than Adam,
who was created in the image of God, whereas Ephesians goes back before the overthrow
of the world to Him in Whose `Image' Adam himself was created. The claim of Paul to
have received a fuller and richer revelation of the Mystery of Christ is most clearly
made good by the way in which he was inspired to expand the dominion enumerated in
Psa. 8: as `all sheep and oxen' to include all principality and power, throne and
dominion. To the unbiased reader Paul will have substantiated his claim, but even
inspired truth can be rendered void by tradition, bias and prejudice.
The Secret Chamber
(3: 1 - 13).
What is a "Joint-Body"? (3: 6).
pp. 21 - 24
Much controversy and confusion has arisen out of the failure to discern between
"The Mystery", and the "Mystery of Christ" in Eph. 3: 4-8. We extract this member
from the structure in order that this distinction shall be recognized.
C | Two Mysteries and Two Ministries. |
d | 4. Mystery of CHRIST.
e | 5-. Apostles and Prophets (plural).
f | -5, 6. The Mystery. |
g | In Spirit (sphere).
h1 | Joint-heirs.
h2 | Joint-body.
h3 | Joint-partakers.
g | In Christ (sphere).
e | 7, 8-. Paul alone (singular).
d | -8. Unsearchable riches of Christ.