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manifest the instability of the creature. The true heirs of heavenly glory must therefore
wait until the time appointed for the complete dispossession of the spiritual Amorite, for
the day when they shall possess their possessions.
In these articles we are not advancing positive teaching, but giving the testimony of a
number of readers. We have no right or authority to decide which testimony shall be
deemed good or which shall be deemed indifferent; the very variety will show how the
Lord still speaks "in sundry times and in diverse manners" in making all men see what is
the dispensation of the mystery (Eph. 3: 9, R.V.).
The testimony of the three spheres.
pp. 39, 40
The testimonies that we have cited hitherto have not taken us to obvious passages like
Eph. 3:, but have shown how passages that are somewhat removed from the actual
revelation of the mystery can be used to illumine the subject. We come, however, in this
testimony to one aspect of the subject that is positive in its teaching.
This friend (who is an active worker for Christ) has had a long and varied experience.
Interest in the teaching of the epistles was first quickened by the suggestion of a friend
that the occurrence and usage therein of prepositions and personal pronouns should be
studied. This in its turn led to a more careful reading of the epistles, and at length
" . . . . . the three hopes, Abraham's land, and city (Heb. 11:), and the hope laid up for
you in heaven (Col. 1: 5) led to a recognition of the mystery."
Anyone who has approached the revelation of the mystery in this way, will have seen
it from the comprehensive standpoint, and will not be easily tripped up by details and
seeming contradictions. After Acts 28: has been seen as the dispensational
boundary, the three spheres of blessing into which the blessed hope is subdivided
becomes obvious and most necessary if all Scripture is to be accepted without reserve.
The three spheres of blessing are as follows:--
FAR ABOVE ALL PRINCIPALITY.
FELLOW-CITIZENS OF THE SAINTS.
THE HEAVENLY JERUSALEM AND ITS CITIZENSHIP.
ABRAHAM'S SEED: JEW AND GREEK.
ISRAEL THE NATION.