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"To make all men see what is the dispensation of the Mystery"
(Eph. 3: 9, R.V.)
The Secret Chamber
(3: 1 - 13).
Proof provided in what Paul had "written afore".
pp. 1 - 5
We have considered the testimony of the Psalm titles and subscriptions as they bear
upon the Mystery of Christ, and realize that if Psa. 8: be a pre-eminent portion of
O.T. Scripture which contains a revelation of the mystery of Christ, as the LXX has it
"The Secrets of the Son", then the use which Paul alone makes of the words `all things
under His feet' most certainly substantiates his claim to a fuller comprehension of this
mystery than had been given to any who went before. The verse of Psa. 8: reads:
"Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all
things under his feet" (Psa. 8: 6).
What is meant by `all things' here is immediately explained:
"All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish
of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas" (7, 8).
Here, the dominion is co-extensive with that given to Adam as recorded in Gen. 1: 26.
When however, we read what is written in the epistles of Paul on these words `all things
under His feet', his superior knowledge of the Mystery of Christ is fully substantiated.
The Apostle refers to these words of Psa. 8: in three epistles, I Corinthians, Hebrews
and Ephesians. Let us examine these passages and see how far he substantiates his
claim to have attained to a fuller and richer understanding of the Mystery of Christ than
those who went before him. The first reference is I Cor. 15: 24-28, which we will set
out in structure form straight away.
I Cor. 15: 24 - 28
A | 15: 24-. The end.
B | a | -24-. WHEN He delivers up the kingdom.
b | -24. WHEN He abolishes all rule.
c | 25-. FOR He must reign.
d | -25. Till all enemies under His feet.
d | 26. The last enemy; death abolished.
c | 27-. FOR He hath put all things under His feet.
b | -27. WHEN The one exception.
a | 28-. WHEN The Son Himself subjected.
A | -28. That God may be all in all.