The Berean Expositor
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Three Spheres of Blessing.
(Being a series of articles in which proof is given from the
Scriptures as to the existence, and the distinctive character,
of three spheres of blessing; together with an examination of
the terms used in Scripture to define these spheres, and an
exhaustive analysis of controverted items, with a view to
establishing the believer, and lifting these questions, once and
for all, above the possibility of legitimate objection).
Far above all.
pp. 75 - 79
The following articles were written several years ago, after an attack had been made
upon THE BEREAN EXPOSITOR concerning its teaching on the subject of "The three
spheres of blessing". At the time, however, we had so much positive teaching to give
and, as always, the space at our disposal was so restricted, that the attack was allowed to
pass without comment and, though written, the articles were not printed.
Recently some of our readers will have seen a revival of this attack, in which many of
the arguments of the earlier critic are repeated. In the circumstances, continued silence
on our part may be misconstrued, and as we have a moral responsibility to do all we can
to preserve those who have seen the truth from being spoiled by fallacious arguments, we
feel constrained to publish at this later date the previously prepared articles dealing with
the subject.
One of the items particularly stressed by the critics is the interpretation of the Greek
word huperano, which is rendered "far above" in the A.V. of Eph. 1: 21. We draw the
reader's attention to the fact that in the articles now published the doctrine of the three
spheres is established before the word huperano is considered, and that whatever the
accepted interpretation of this word may be, it does not affect the doctrine in question.
With fellow-believers or with fellow-workers we must not strive, but while we have
the example of the Apostle Paul before us it becomes impossible to see the truth wrested
and misrepresented without accepting the challenge to contend earnestly for the faith.
Writing to the Philippians, the Apostle said: "To write the same things to you, to me
indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe" (Phil. 3: 1), and in another context, he
wrote to the Thessalonians:  "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good"
(I Thess. 5: 21).