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Berean Expositor Volume 1
Babes or Full-grown.
A comparison of I Cor. 3: with Heb. 5: and 6: and their
bearing upon the subject of the mystery.
To those who have followed the articles in this magazine hitherto we very earnestly
commend the present to their prayerful consideration. The majority of us have been far
more zealous for the "traditions of the elders" than for the truth of God, and it is a mercy
that we have not been left to follow our blind guides into the ditch of legality and
bondage. Our object in writing these articles is to seek to stir up the Lord's people to
imitate the Bereans, who "searched the Scriptures daily (to see) whether these things
were so." Some fellow-Christians have called us hard names (over that we do not
worry), but it would have been far more in harmony with the "mind that was in Christ
Jesus" to have pointed out to us where they thought we departed from the truth "as it hath
Many have been displeased upon reading that Acts 2: was not the beginning of the
present dispensation, still more when we dared to question the scripturalness of applying
I Cor. 12:, with its "spiritual gifts," to ourselves. We desire to show, as the Lord shall
enable us, something of the glory of the grace that has been reserved for us the most
unworthy, reserved until the people of Israel, both in the land and among the dispersion,
evidence to the full that they were blind of eyes, dull of hearing, and hard of heart, as set
forth in the closing words of Acts 28: and Matt. 13: 13-15.
Not till after Acts 28: did the apostle receive the divine warrant for committing to
writing the teaching of the mystery (or secret) as revealed in the Epistle to the Ephesians.
Although the apostle did not publicly preach the mystery of the one body, nor put it into
writing before the close of Acts 28:, we believe that he did know of it himself, and did
communicate some of its blessed teaching to the more spiritual ones with whom he from
time to time had fellowship. I Cor. 2: 7 seems fairly clear as to this, "The wisdom of
God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the world unto our
glory." The expression "before the world" is peculiar to the great secret. Eph. 1: 4 and
II Tim. 1: 9, etc., speak of a purpose "before the world," whereas Matt. 25: 34, and other
passages which speak of the kingdom, use the term "from the foundation," or "since the
foundation of the world."
Eph. 3: 1-9 and Col. 1: 24-27 speak of the mystery being "hid." Let us turn to
I Cor. 2: and 3: In 2: 1 the apostle shows how he followed out the teaching of
chapter 1: 31:--
"He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord: and I, brethren, when I came to you, came
not with excellency of speech, or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God."