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The Throne Room (1: 19 - 2: 7).
"All things under His feet."
pp. 223 - 226
The exceeding greatness of the power that is to usward has been brought before us in
Eph. 1: 20, 21 focusing our attention on the resurrection, the session in heavenly places
and the exaltation of Christ "far above all" rule and authority. We now find that this is
enforced by a quotation from Scripture, a quotation which has this peculiarity, namely,
that Paul alone of all the writers of the N.T. makes it. It is found in I Cor. 15:, Heb. 2:
and in Eph. 1: These quotations we must examine together, as they are closely related to
the goal of the ages. Turpie, in his analysis of O.T. quotations in the New, does not
include Eph. 1: 22, presumably because it is not specifically "quoted", the words "and
hath put all things under His feet" being embodied in the epistle. This feature we will
consider after the other references have been before us.
First of all let us turn to the Psalm from which the quotation is made. Most of our
readers know that the Psalms consist of five books which correspond with the five books
of the law, each book of the Psalms ending with a double Amen. For a full exhibition of
this feature the Companion Bible should be consulted. The first book of the Psalms
corresponds with the book of Genesis and refers back to Adam and forward to Christ.
The reinstatement of the Psalm titles, through the labours of Dr. J. W. Thirtle, removes
the heading "Upon Muth-labben", which in the A.V. is at the commencement of Psa. 9:,
and places it at the conclusion of Psa. 8: This feature is set out in Appendix 64 of the
Companion Bible, showing that the complete Psalm is constructed as follows:
The super-scription and the title proper.
The body of the Psalm itself.
The sub-scription.
Psa. 8: therefore has the super-scription "A Psalm of David" and the subscription
"To the chief Musician upon Muth-labben". In No.57 of this series the bearing of the
words "upon Muth-labben" will be discussed as they are also in an article entitled "The
Secrets of the Son" published in Volume XXXVI, page 54 which the reader should
The passage under immediate consideration reads as follows:
"What is man, that Thou art mindful of him?
And the Son of man, that Thou visitest him?
For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels,
And hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands;
Thou hast put all things under His feet" (Psa. 8: 4-6).