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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 Excerpt: ...mystery. It is a favorite word with the Apostles Paul and John, when writing to those Christians who had been heathen and who were familiar with heathen mysteries. In the Epistle to the Hebrews, although it is one of the longest of the letters written by St. Paul, the word is not once used; though in that letter he speaks of those very things which elsewhere he calls mysteries. It would seem, then, to imply that there was something in the condition and circumstances of the Gentile Christians that made that term peculiarly appropriate. St. Paul's reason for using this word is found in the fact that those Gentile Christians to whom he wrote were familiar with the heathen mysteries,--with those secret services of the heathen gods which went by that name. In writing to those cities where most attention was paid to the heathen mysteries, he speaks oftenest of Christian mysteries; and in this Epistle to Ephesus--a city celebrated for its devotion to these secret fellowships--he uses the word oftener than in any other letter. The use of the word " mystery," as denoting some of the Christian doctrines, does not imply any thing mysterious or unexplainable, but simply such things as could not be ascertained by human reason, and were therefore made known only by God,--things which were secret until revealed by him. Paul calls the whole gospel scheme a mystery in this sense, because not discovered by man, but revealed by God, and taught by Christ and his apostles. "We speak," he says, " wisdom among those who are perfect;" those who have been initiated into the Christian fellowships,--as the masters of heathen fellowships speak their wisdom to the initiated,--not, however, the wisdom of this world nor of the chiefs of this world, which com...
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