What does Mystery mean in the Bible?

Greek / Hebrew Translation Occurance
μυστήριον hidden thing 16
μυστηρίου hidden thing 4
μυστηρίῳ hidden thing 2

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   1 hidden thing, secret, Mystery.
      1a generally mysteries, religious secrets, confided only to the initiated and not to ordinary mortals.
      1b a hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding.
      1c a hidden purpose or counsel.
         1c1 secret will.
            1c1a of men.
            1c1b of God: the secret counsels which govern God in dealing with the righteous, which are hidden from ungodly and wicked men but plain to the godly. 3 in rabbinic writings, it denotes the mystic or hidden sense: of an OT saying, of an image or form seen in a vision, of a dream.
   

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1910 New Catholic Dictionary - Mystery Plays
Terms designating the religious drama which developed among Christian nations at the end of the Middle Ages. The origin of the medieval drama was in religion. On solemn feasts such as Easter and Christmas, the office was interrupted and the priests represented the religious event being celebrated. At first the text was in prose and in Latin; by degrees versification crept in and soon pervaded the entire drama; prose became the exception and the vernacular was employed as well as Latin. When the vernacular had completely supplanted the Latin, and individual inventiveness had asserted itself, the drama left the precincts of the Church and ceased to be liturgical, without however losing its religious character. The mysteries may be grouped under three cycles:
that of the Old Testament
that of the New Testament
that of the saints
Sometimes they represented matters which were not religious.
Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection - Trinity: Its Mystery
It was reported of Alanus, when he promised his auditory to discourse the next Sunday more clearly of the Trinity, and to make plain that mystery, while he was studying the point by the sea-side, he spied a boy very busy with a little spoon trudging often between the sea and a small hole he had digged in the ground. Alanus asked him what he meant. The boy answers, 'I intend to bring all the sea into this pit.' Alanus replies, 'Why dost thou attempt such impossibilities, and misspend thy time?' The boy answers, 'So dost thou, Alanus: I shall as soon bring all the sea into this hole, as thou bring all the knowledge of the Trinity into thy head. All is equally possible; we have begun together, we shall finish together; saving of the two, my labour hath more hope and possibility of taking effect.': Thomas Adams.
Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Mystery
Secret (from, to shut the mouth.) It is taken,
1. for a truth revealed by God which is above the power of our natural reason, or which we could not have discovered without revelation; such as the call of the Gentiles, Ephesians 1:9 ; the transforming of some without dying, &c., 1 Corinthians 15:51 .
2. The word is also used in reference to things which remain in part incomprehensible after they are revealed; such as the incarnation of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, &c. Some critics, however, observe that the word in Scripture does not import what is incapable in its own nature of being understood, but barely a secret, any thing not disclosed or published to the world. In respect to the mysteries of religion, divines have run into two extremes. "Some, " as one observes, "have given up all that was mysterious, thinking that they were not called to believe any thing but what they could comprehend. But if it can be proved that mysteries make a part of a religion coming from God, it can be no part of piety to discard them, as if we were wiser than he." And besides, upon this principle, a man must believe nothing: the various works of nature, the growth of plants, instincts of brutes, union of body and soul, properties of matter, the nature of spirit, and a thousand other things, are all replete with mysteries. If so in the common works of nature, we can hardly suppose that those things which more immediately relate to the Divine Being himself, can be without mystery. "The other extreme lies in an attempt to explain the mysteries of revelation, so as to free them from all obscurity.
To defend religion in this manner, is to expose it to contempt. The following maxim points out the proper way of defence, by which both extremes are avoided.. Where the truth of a doctrine depends not on the evidence of the things themselves, but on the authority of him who reveals it, there the only way to prove the doctrine to be true is to prove the testimony of him that revealed it to be infallible." Dr. south observes, that the mysteriousness of those parts of the Gospel called the credenda, or matters of our faith, is most subservient to the great and important ends of religion, and that upon these accounts:
First, because religion, in the prime institution of it, was designed to make impressions of awe and reverential fear upon men's minds.
2. To humble the pride and haughtiness of man's reason.
3. To engage us in a closer and more dilligent search into them.
4. That the full and entire knowledge of divine things may be one principal part of our felicity hereafter. Robinson's Claude, vol. 1: p. 118, 119, 304, 305; Campbell's Preliminary Dissertation to the Gospel, vol. 1: p. 383; Stillingfleet's Origines Sacrae, vol. 2: 100: 8; Ridgley's Div. qu. 11; Calmet's Dict.; Cruden's Concordance; South's Serm. ser. 6. vol. 3:
Webster's Dictionary - Mystery
(1):
(n.) A trade; a handicraft; hence, any business with which one is usually occupied.
(2):
(a.) A kind of secret religious celebration, to which none were admitted except those who had been initiated by certain preparatory ceremonies; - usually plural; as, the Eleusinian mysteries.
(3):
(a.) A profound secret; something wholly unknown, or something kept cautiously concealed, and therefore exciting curiosity or wonder; something which has not been or can not be explained; hence, specifically, that which is beyond human comprehension.
(4):
(n.) A dramatic representation of a Scriptural subject, often some event in the life of Christ; a dramatic composition of this character; as, the Chester Mysteries, consisting of dramas acted by various craft associations in that city in the early part of the 14th century.
(5):
(a.) Anything artfully made difficult; an enigma.
(6):
(a.) The consecrated elements in the eucharist.
Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Mystery
The Greek word μυστηριον denotes,
1. Something hidden, or not fully manifest. Thus, 2 Thessalonians 2:7 , we read of the "mystery of iniquity," which began to work in secret, but was not then completely disclosed or manifested.
2. Some sacred thing hidden or secret, which is naturally unknown to human reason, and is only known by the revelation of God. Thus, "Great is the mystery of godliness; God was manifest in the flesh, justified by the Spirit," &c, 1 Timothy 3:16 . The mystery of godliness, or of true religion, consisted in the several particulars here mentioned by the Apostle; particulars, indeed, which it would never have "entered into the heart of man to conceive," 1 Corinthians 2:9 , had not God accomplished them in fact, and published them by the preaching of his Gospel; but which, being thus manifested, are intelligible, as facts, to the meanest understanding. In like manner, the term mystery, Romans 11:25 ; 1 Corinthians 15:51 , denotes what was hidden or unknown, till revealed; and thus the Apostle speaks of a man's "understanding all mysteries," 1 Corinthians 13:2 ; that is, all the revealed truths of the Christian religion which is elsewhere called the "mystery of faith," 1 Timothy 3:9 . And when he who spake in an unknown tongue is said to "speak mysteries,"
1 Corinthians 14:2 , it is plain, that these mysteries, however unintelligible to others on account of the language in which they were spoken, were yet understood by the person himself, because he hereby "edified himself," 1 Corinthians 14:4 ; Acts 2:11 ; Acts 10:46 . And though in 1 Corinthians 2:7-8 , we read of the "wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which none of the princes of this world knew;" yet, says the Apostle, we speak or declare this wisdom; and he observes, 1 Corinthians 2:10 , that God had revealed the particulars of which it consisted to them by his Spirit. So when the Apostles are called "stewards of the mysteries of God," 1 Corinthians 4:1 , these mysteries could not mean what were, as facts, unknown to them; (because to them it was "given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God," Matthew 13:11 ;) yea, the character here ascribed to them implies not only that they knew these mysteries themselves, but that as faithful stewards they were to dispense or make them known to others, Luke 12:42 ; 1 Peter 4:10 . In Colossians 2:2 , St. Paul mentions his praying for his converts, that their hearts might be comforted "to the knowledge of the mystery of God, even of the Father, and of Christ;" for thus the passage should be translated. But if, with our translators, we render επιγνωσιν , acknowledgment, still the word μυστηριον can by no means exclude knowledge; "for this is life eternal," saith our Lord, John 17:3 , "that they may know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." And, lastly, whatever be the particular meaning of the "mystery of God," mentioned Revelation 10:7 , yet it was something he had declared "to (or rather by ) his servants the prophets."
3. The word mystery is sometimes in the writings of St. Paul applied in a peculiar sense to the calling of the Gentiles, which he styles "the mystery,"
Ephesians 3:3-6 ; and "the mystery of Christ, which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it is now revealed to his holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit, that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of Christ by the Gospel,"
Romans 16:25 ; Ephesians 1:9 ; Ephesians 3:9 ; Ephesians 6:19 ; Colossians 1:26-27 ; Colossians 4:3 .
4. It denotes spiritual truth couched under an external representation or similitude, and concealed or hidden thereby, unless some explanation of it be otherwise given. Thus, Revelation 1:20 , "The mystery," that is, the spiritual meaning, "of the seven stars: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches." So Revelation 17:5 , "And upon her forehead a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great," that is, Babylon in a spiritual sense, "the mother of idolatry and abominations;" and, Revelation 17:7 , "I will tell thee the mystery" or spiritual signification "of the woman." Compare Matthew 13:11 ; Mark 4:11 ; Luke 8:10 ; Ephesians 5:32 ; and their respective contexts.
Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Mystery
MYSTERY (μυστήριον from μύστης one initiated’; stem μύω ‘to close,’ ‘shut’ (cf. Lat. mutus, English ‘mum’).—1. In classical Greek μυστήριον means a hidden thing, a seeret; in Biblical writers primarily a hidden or seeret thing; in the plural (usually) individual matters of revelation or superhuman knowledge (Matthew 13:11, Luke 8:10, Romans 11:25, 1 Corinthians 4:1; 1 Corinthians 15:51). In the singular with the article to τὸ μυστήριον is used, principally by St. Paul, of the hidden counsel of God, especially His redemptive plan culminating in the final judgment (Romans 16:25, 1 Corinthians 2:7, Ephesians 3:3; Ephesians 3:9, Colossians 1:26 f.). This counsel of God is further characterized as the ‘mystery of his will’ (Ephesians 1:9) ‘which he formed’ (Colossians 2:2 [1] ]) ‘respecting Christ’ (Colossians 4:3), and constitutes the contents of the gospel (Ephesians 6:19). It is consummated in the paronsia (Revelation 10:7). In antithesis to ‘the mystery of the faith’ or ‘of godliness’ (1 Timothy 3:9; 1 Timothy 3:16) stands that of ‘lawlessness’ (2 Thessalonians 2:7), the purposed impulse of an antagonistic power operative in the world.
Besides this primary sense, the word μυστήριον is also used like רָוָא and סו̇ד in Rabbinic writers to designate the hidden or mystic sense of a Scripture (Ephesians 5:32), a name (Revelation 17:5), or the image or form seen in a vision (Revelation 1:20; Revelation 17:5).
It is important to observe that the connotation of intrinsic difficulty of comprehension, obscurity, which has become inseparable from the word in modern use, is misleading. In Biblical and in ancient use generally the ‘mystery’ is simply that which is made known only to the initiated, be its content easy or hard to understand, hence revealed as against reasoned knowledge.
2. In a looser sense the term ‘mysteries’ was transferred from the teaching symbolized to (a) the rites enacted in certain cults or rituals known to classic authors as τελεταί (Wisdom of Solomon 14:23), and (b), still more loosely, to the τελεταί themselves. From the former sense (a) the designation of the sacraments, or even the Church service generally, as ‘the mysteries’ becomes common from the 2nd cent. onward. From the latter is doubtless derived the designation of mediaeval religious dramas or pantomimes as ‘mysteries’ (cf., from the same stem, ‘mummery’).
3. The τελεταί, loosely called ‘mysteries,’ are of importance to our consideration as affecting the application of the term ‘mystery ‘to the gospel as a whole in Mark 4:11. They consisted of secret rites in honour of certain divinities especially representative of the drama of life, vegetable and animal, annually failing and renewed. These divinities are always chthonic, as against the Olympian (national) divinities of the upper air; and their worship, maintained by guilds, was commonly associated with the rites of ancestor and hero—worship. Mystery—religion transcended all lines of mere nationality, substituting its own brotherhoods of initiates, and offered the idea of personal deliverance and immortality as the goal; as the means, it offered sacramental (instead of sacrificial) union with a Redeemer-god (θεὸς σωτήρ), who, in contrast with the Olympian divinities, participated in the suffering and death of humanity, and won for men victory over their spiritual foes. Its strong monotheistic tendency, added to these other traits, gave it an obvious resemblance to the gospel as preached to the Gentile world, and made it a much more formidable rival than the various religionized forms of Greek and Oriental philosophy, in bidding for the adherence of popular faith in the Empire, after the dissolution of the national religions. Christianity itself, in the transition from a national to a universal religion, necessarily passed through some of the same phases as the mystery-cults; for these had already connected themselves in a syncretizing spirit with the mythology of every people. Their influence is most apparent, as we should expect, in the development of the Pauline Church, supremely in the ultra-Pauline or Gnostic. The resemblances were in fact so striking alike in dogma, terminology, and ritual, as to lead early apologists to account for them by the theory of diabolic travesty (Justin M. Apol. i. 66, Dial. lxx.). Some modern students of the history of religion find it impossible to deny a relation of dependence on the side of the Church, especially in the Pauline and post-Pauline period. [2], This appears not only from terminology, but even from the Pauline doctrine and ritual, in particular as regards the theory of the sacraments. In the Gospels this influence is scarcely traceable outside the Fourth, wherein the type of the δρᾶμα μυστικόν and the sacramental interest are very apparent (Harnack, Mission und Ansbreitung, pp. 169–173—John and Origen the profoundest mysteriosophists of the Church); but in the single passage Mark 4:11 = Matthew 13:11 = Luke 8:10 even the Synoptic writers must be admitted to have been affected through St. Paul both as to phraseology and as to thought.
4. Mark 4:11 seems to be earlier in form than its parallels; for the context shows that the thing given or withheld is not certain elements of the gospel, conceived as μυστήρια and therefore uttered only in parables (understood as enigmas; cf. Matthew 13:35, John 16:29)—the sense conveyed by the use of the plural in the parallels (τὰ μυστἡρια, Matthew 13:11 = Luke 8:10)—but is the gospel as a whole conceived as a ‘mystery’ in the Pauline sense, i.e. a Divine revelation (cf. Matthew 13:16-17). The teaching in parables is regarded by Mk. (and still more by Mt.) as a fulfilment of Isaiah 6:9 conceived as a sentence of judicial blindness. In answer to the question (Matthew 13:10), ‘Why speakest thou to them (the motley Galilaean multitude) in parables?’ (i.e. enigmas), Jesus answers that it is a fulfilment of the prophetic curse of Isaiah upon a disobedient and gainsaying people, of whom such fruitless hearing had been foretold. The inner circle (Mark 4:10; cf. Mark 3:13; cf. Mark 3:34-35) are alone intended to receive more than the husk. The parallels, in altering to τὰ μυστήρια, give a dilution of this sense (cf. the secondary sense above under 1).
5. Not the word alone, but the entire context of Mark 4 and parallels are Pauline in aim. Romans 9-11 attempts a theodicy of the rejection of Israel the covenant people in favour of the Gentiles, based upon the same idea of judicial hardening, and employing the same passage from Isaiah. In Romans 11:6 Paul writes after 30 years of disappointing experience in preaching to the Jews: ‘It is written, God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see, and cars that they should not hear, unto this very day.’ To St. Paul, accordingly, must be attributed the first utilization of Isaiah 6:9, which henceforth becomes the locus classieus to account for the rejection of the Messiah by His own people (with Mark 4:11 and parallels, cf. John 12:39-41, Acts 28:24-28). Manifestly an interpretation of parabolic utterance which supposes it adopted in order to fulfil the prophetic sentence of judicial blindness on Israel cannot be attributed to Jesus, since the end sought in the parables themselves is the reverse of intentional obscurity. Mark 4:11, accordingly, which does not stand alone in this Gospel as regards its Pauline phraseology (cf. Mark 1:15 with Matthew 4:17), is equally Pauline in the employment of this theory of the intention of the parabolic teaching.
6. Linguistically the results are at least equally conclusive. The word μυστἡριον occurs 21 times in the Pauline Epp., elsewhere in the NT only here, and 4 times in the Apocalypse. The conception of the gospel itself as a ‘mystery’ is found nowhere else save in the Pauline Epistles. With St. Paul it is fundamental (1 Corinthians 2:1-16, Ephesians 1:9; Ephesians 3:3-11, Colossians 1:27, Romans 16:25-27), usually involving the contrast of philosophy versus revelation, the ‘wisdom of this world’ versus the spirit of prophecy. It is noteworthy that the removal of Romans 16:11-12 from the context of Mark 4:10-20 produces a simpler and more intelligible connexion (cf. Mark 4:10 ‘asked of him the parables’).
7. The agraphon quoted by Clement of Alexandria (Strom. v. x. 69) from ‘a certain Gospel’: ‘My mystery belongs to me and to the sons of my household’ (μυστήριον ἐμὸν ἐμοὶ καὶ τοῖς υἱοῖς τοῦ οἵκου μου), and also found in Clem. Hom. xix. xx. in the form, ‘Keep the mysteries for me and the sons of my house,’ is manifestly connected with Mark 4:11, but probably not dependent upon it, nor upon St. Paul. This, however, does not counteract the above conclusions. It is quite probable that Mark 4:11 rests upon a traditional logion of some such form as this, rather than directly or exclusively on Romans 11:8. The utterance in this form is not indeed attributable to Jesus, to whose doctrine its suggestion of esoteric teaching is abhorrent (cf. Philo, de Vict. Off. i. f., on the superiority of the Mosaic to heathen ‘mysteries’ as concealed from none; also Wisdom of Solomon 6:22); but proper appreciation of the Pauline use of the word μυστἡριον will show a common basis in the real teaching of Jesus. Matthew 11:25-27 = Luke 10:21-22 is the canonical equivalent of the agraphon, and affords the real point of connexion between the teaching of Jesus and the Pauline and post-Pauline application of the term μυστήριον to the gospel. In respect to the superhuman, Divinely revealed character of the one message, Jesus and St. Paul are both emphatic. The expressions of 1 Corinthians 2:1-16 from this point of view are not only in agreement with Jesus’ whole teaching as ‘with authority and not as the scribes,’ but form a striking parallel to Matthew 11:25-30. However open to suspicion the logion of Mark 4:11 may be in its present canonical or post-canonical form, the words are at bottom nothing more than the translation into Greek equivalents of a claim of Jesus that is unquestionably historical, namely the claim for His teaching to be by revelation, a wisdom of God accessible to His ‘little ones’ though ‘hid from the wise and prudent.’
Literature.—On the word μυστήριον see, besides Grimm-Thayer, Hatch, Essays on NT Greek, p. 58; Lightfoot, Com. on Colossians 1:26; Stewart, s.v. ‘Mystery’ in Hasting's Dictionary of the Bible ; Ramsay, s.v. in Enc. Brit.9 [3] ; and A. Jülicher, s.v. in Encyc. Biblica. On the influence of the Greek mysteries on early Christianity, see Lobeck, Aglaophamus, 1829; Anrich, Das antike Mysterienwesen in seinem Einfluss a.d. Christenthum, 1894; and Wobbermin, Religionsgeschichtliche Studien zur Beeinflussung des Urchristenthums durch d. Mysterien, 1896; also Cheetham, The Mysteries Pagan and Christian, 1897; and Hatch, The Influence of Greek Ideas and Usages upon the Christian Church, ch. x. On NT use of terminology from the mysteries, see Carman in Bibliotheca Sacra L (1893). On the mysteries generally as a phenomenon in the history of religion, see Rhode, Psyche; Frazer, Golden Bought2 [3] ; Harnack, Mission und Ausbreitung des Chr. 1902, Bk. ii. ch. v.
B. W. Bacon.

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Mysteries - ) of Mystery...
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(pl. ) of Mystery...
Mysterious - ) Of or pertaining to Mystery; containing a Mystery; difficult or impossible to understand; obscure not revealed or explained; enigmatical; incomprehensible
Secret - See Mystery ...
Mistery - ) See Mystery, a trade
Esotery - ) Mystery; esoterics; - opposed to exotery
Chorazin - The secret; here is a Mystery
Mysterize - ) To make mysterious; to make a Mystery of
Unwonder - ) To divest of the quality of wonder or Mystery; to interpret; to explain
Mysteriousness - ) Something mysterious; a Mystery
Arcanum - ) A secret; a Mystery; - generally used in the plural
Mystery - Thus, 2 Thessalonians 2:7 , we read of the "mystery of iniquity," which began to work in secret, but was not then completely disclosed or manifested. Thus, "Great is the Mystery of godliness; God was manifest in the flesh, justified by the Spirit," &c, 1 Timothy 3:16 . The Mystery of godliness, or of true religion, consisted in the several particulars here mentioned by the Apostle; particulars, indeed, which it would never have "entered into the heart of man to conceive," 1 Corinthians 2:9 , had not God accomplished them in fact, and published them by the preaching of his Gospel; but which, being thus manifested, are intelligible, as facts, to the meanest understanding. In like manner, the term Mystery, Romans 11:25 ; 1 Corinthians 15:51 , denotes what was hidden or unknown, till revealed; and thus the Apostle speaks of a man's "understanding all mysteries," 1 Corinthians 13:2 ; that is, all the revealed truths of the Christian religion which is elsewhere called the "mystery of faith," 1 Timothy 3:9 . And though in 1 Corinthians 2:7-8 , we read of the "wisdom of God in a Mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which none of the princes of this world knew;" yet, says the Apostle, we speak or declare this wisdom; and he observes, 1 Corinthians 2:10 , that God had revealed the particulars of which it consisted to them by his Spirit. Paul mentions his praying for his converts, that their hearts might be comforted "to the knowledge of the Mystery of God, even of the Father, and of Christ;" for thus the passage should be translated. " And, lastly, whatever be the particular meaning of the "mystery of God," mentioned Revelation 10:7 , yet it was something he had declared "to (or rather by ) his servants the prophets. The word Mystery is sometimes in the writings of St. Paul applied in a peculiar sense to the calling of the Gentiles, which he styles "the Mystery,"...
Ephesians 3:3-6 ; and "the Mystery of Christ, which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it is now revealed to his holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit, that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of Christ by the Gospel,"...
Romans 16:25 ; Ephesians 1:9 ; Ephesians 3:9 ; Ephesians 6:19 ; Colossians 1:26-27 ; Colossians 4:3 . Thus, Revelation 1:20 , "The Mystery," that is, the spiritual meaning, "of the seven stars: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches. " So Revelation 17:5 , "And upon her forehead a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great," that is, Babylon in a spiritual sense, "the mother of idolatry and abominations;" and, Revelation 17:7 , "I will tell thee the Mystery" or spiritual signification "of the woman
Unriddle - ) To read the riddle of; to solve or explain; as, to unriddle an enigma or a Mystery
Cabala - ) Secret science in general; mystic art; Mystery. ) A kind of occult theosophy or traditional interpretation of the Scriptures among Jewish rabbis and certain mediaeval Christians, which treats of the nature of god and the Mystery of human existence
Incarnation - The act whereby the Son of God assumed the human nature; or the Mystery by which Jesus Christ, the Eternal Word, was made man, in order to accomplish the work of our salvation
Mystify - ) To involve in Mystery; to make obscure or difficult to understand; as, to mystify a passage of Scripture
Samothrace - A famous Mystery cult was practiced there
Mithra - , MITHRAISM Persian god and the Mystery religion devoted to his worship. ...
The religion of Mithra Since Mithraism belongs to the general category known as Mystery Religions, our knowledge of its specific doctrines and rituals is very limited. It was the only Mystery religion which excluded women from membership. ...
A rival to Christianity Of all the Mystery religions, Mithraism became the strongest rival to Christianity. See Mystery Religions
Obsecrations - The three petitions of the Litany beginning (1) "Bythe Mystery of Thy Holy Incarnation," (2) "By Thine Agony and BloodySweat" and (3) "In all time of our tribulation" are called theObsecrations, or entreaties
Godliness - Without controversy, great is the Mystery of godliness ...
God was manifest in the flesh
Pierce - : To penetrate; to affect deeply; as, to pierce a Mystery
Sacrament - ) The pledge or token of an oath or solemn covenant; a sacred thing; a Mystery
Light of the World, Parable of the - In the nightly visit of Nicodemus Christ explained the Mystery of redemption. But this light must likewise be our moral guide, and reveal the otherwise unfathomable Mystery of unbelief
Gabriel - He was sent to the Prophet Daniel, to explain to him the visions of the ram and goat, and the Mystery of the seventy weeks, which had been revealed to him, Daniel 8:15 ; Daniel 9:21 ; Daniel 11:1 , &c
Clue - ) That which guides or directs one in anything of a doubtful or intricate nature; that which gives a hint in the solution of a Mystery
Mastery - Every man that striveth for the Mystery, is temperate in all things
Secret - ) A thing not discovered; what is unknown or unexplained; a Mystery
Foreknowledge - This may be a Mystery beyond our understanding, but we do not solve the Mystery by weakening the truth
Octaves - As the memory of the feast is more or less kept up during its octave, it is plain that the purpose in arranging a feast with an octave is to honor the Mystery of religion or saint venerated on the feast itself
Puzzle - ) To solve by ingenuity, as a puzzle; - followed by out; as, to puzzle out a Mystery
Shibboleth - There is no Mystery in this particular word
Revelation - How that by revelation he made known to me the Mystery, as I wrote before in few words
Demetrius - Apparently a convert from the worship of Demeter, the god worshiped in the Mystery religion at Eleusis near Athens
Harrowing of Hell - It is the subject of the earliest extant specimen of English religious drama and is given a separate scene in the four cycles of the English Mystery plays
Hell, Harrowing of - It is the subject of the earliest extant specimen of English religious drama and is given a separate scene in the four cycles of the English Mystery plays
Fable - " The first syllable comes from a root mu---, signifying "to close, keep secret, be dumb;" whence, muo, "to close" (eyes, mouth) and musterion, "a secret, a Mystery;" hence, "a story, narrative, fable, fiction" (Eng
Antiphon - Antiphons are of three kinds: psalterial, from the psalm which follows; historical, from the Mystery or festival; mixed, from the psalm and feast
Controversy - ...
Without controversy, great is the Mystery of godliness
Gospels, the - John says nothing about the circumstances of our Lord's Birth, buthe sets forth the Mystery which those circumstances embraced,—theIncarnation of the Word, or eternal Son of God
Benson, Robert Hugh - His writings include "The Light Invisible," "By What Authority?," "The Conventionalists," "Lord of the World," "Come Rack! Come Rope!," "The Coward," "Oddsfish," "Initiation," "The Queen's Tragedy," "The Upper Room," "The Mirror of Shalott," "The Dawn of All," "Confessions of a Convert," "An Average Man," "Paradoxes of Catholicism," "The Friendship of Christ," "Book of the Love of Jesus," "The City Set on a Hill," "The Religion of a Plain Man," "Alphabet of the Saints in Rhyme," and "A Mystery Play in Honor of the Nativity of Our Lord
Belshazzar - Daniel was called in to explain the Mystery, which, interpreted, proved to be a prophecy of the king's death and the kingdom's overthrow, which took place in the course of the succeeding night, when Darius the Median captured the city
Robert Benson - His writings include "The Light Invisible," "By What Authority?," "The Conventionalists," "Lord of the World," "Come Rack! Come Rope!," "The Coward," "Oddsfish," "Initiation," "The Queen's Tragedy," "The Upper Room," "The Mirror of Shalott," "The Dawn of All," "Confessions of a Convert," "An Average Man," "Paradoxes of Catholicism," "The Friendship of Christ," "Book of the Love of Jesus," "The City Set on a Hill," "The Religion of a Plain Man," "Alphabet of the Saints in Rhyme," and "A Mystery Play in Honor of the Nativity of Our Lord
Incarnation - In the Orient the Mystery is commemorated by a special feast, December 26,
Trinity: Its Mystery - It was reported of Alanus, when he promised his auditory to discourse the next Sunday more clearly of the Trinity, and to make plain that Mystery, while he was studying the point by the sea-side, he spied a boy very busy with a little spoon trudging often between the sea and a small hole he had digged in the ground
Pavilion - KJV used pavilion seven times: three times in the literal sense of tents used in military campaigns (1Kings 20:12,1 Kings 20:16 ; Jeremiah 43:10 ); twice of the thick canopy of clouds surrounding God (2 Samuel 22:12 ; Psalm 18:11 ) which illustrates the Mystery of God; and twice as an image of God's protection (Psalm 27:5 ; Psalm 31:20 )
Mystery - MYSTERY (μυστήριον from μύστης one initiated’; stem μύω ‘to close,’ ‘shut’ (cf. This counsel of God is further characterized as the ‘mystery of his will’ (Ephesians 1:9) ‘which he formed’ (Colossians 2:2
Nag's Head Story - The facts of his consecration were so obscured in Mystery especially to the Catholic party, that they, in all good faith, gave credence to the tale and honestly endeavored to maintain it
Sabellians - The Sabellians maintained that the Word and the Holy Spirit are only virtues, emanations, or functions of the Deity; and held that he who is in heaven is the Father of all things; that he descended into the Virgin, became a child, and was born of her as a son; and that, having accomplished the Mystery of our salvation, he diffused himself on the apostles in tongues of fire, and was then denominated the Holy Ghost
Gospel - "...
The gospel comes from God (Galatians 1:10-12), is the power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16), is a Mystery (Ephesians 6:19), and is a source of hope (Colossians 1:23), faith (Acts 15:7), life (1 Corinthians 4:15), and peace (Ephesians 6:15)
Vows - are those of Paul (or Aquila, as some judge) at Cenchrea, which is shrouded in Mystery, and the four men at Jerusalem
Sacrament - ...
The Latin Bible translated the Greek word mysterion (mystery) in such passages as 1 Corinthians 2:7 , Ephesians 3:3 , and Colossians 1:26 with the Latin word sacramentum . Although none of these passages uses “mystery” to refer to baptism, Lord's Supper, or any other religious rite, the later church began to make that identification and gave that special meaning to the word
Anthropomorphism - Rocks, trees, the sun, the earth, or other natural objects were the focus for their sense of Mystery and awe. ...
Basically, idolatry is an attempt to comprehend the Mystery and represent the presence of a god. ...
Idolatry usurps God's sovereignty, majesty, and ultimate Mystery. Its religious expressions also were drawn from life (and especially from personal relationships); but the form of God was preserved in Mystery, and His character was revealed rather than conceived. In Him the Mystery of God is revealed and the hiddenness of God removed so that no clearer representation of God is possible and none other needed
Thessalonians - Paul corrects this misapprehension and assures them that the "man of sin," or "son of perdition," must reach the highest pitch of arrogance before final ruin from the Lord be hurled upon the "mystery of iniquity," which was already working
Trinity, the Holy - For this reason it is called a Mystery of the Gospel
Blessed Virgin Mary - "...
The perpetual Virginity of the lowly Mother of our Lord has alwaysbeen a very strong tradition among all devout Christians; a beliefwhich is prompted by reverence for the great Mystery of theIncarnation, and confirmed by the universal consent of the Church
Purification - It arose out of the Mystery of God and the misery of man. Thus after child-birth, bringing with it the Mystery of Divine forces, the mother kept days of purification. The final act of this Mystery is when ‘God made Jesus Christ to be sin,’ a sin-offering, a setting forth of man’s guilt and God’s purification
Sacraments - mystçrion , ‘a Mystery. Paul’s ‘This Mystery is great’ ( Ephesians 5:32 ) by ‘Sacramentum hoc magnum est’; a rendering that had not a little to do with the subsequent erection of marriage into a sacrament. ] This identification of the idea of a sacrament with that of a Mystery was carried still further by Tertullian, and was greatly fostered by the fact that about this time a tendency was rapidly growing in the Church to an assimilation of Christian worship to the Mystery-worship of the Græco-Roman world (see art. Mystery)
Enlightenment - A more complete knowledge of the nature and diffusion of Mystery-cults in apostolic times, together with the recognition of additional terms in the NT vocabulary drawn from them, makes it easier to accept the recent opinion of Clemen (Primitive Christianity and its non-Jewish Sources, 1912, p. on ‘The Pauline Mystery’; H. Paul and the Mystery-Religions, 1913; articles by W. 109; articles on ‘Mystery’ by A. Loisy’s article ‘The Christian Mystery’ in HJ Gospel: to be Preached Simply - ' All the gold makers who have written upon their favorite Mystery are in the like predicament, no one can comprehend w the secret is which they pretend to divulge
Hypnotism - The Mystery which originally surrounded hypnotism has long since been removed
Hid - The things of GOD are a Mystery to them
Mysteries - But the things that are in heaven, who shall search out?" (Wisdom of Solomon 9) We are a Mystery to ourselves; much more should the Creator be a Mystery to us
Head of the Church - The Mystery of husband and wife becoming “one flesh” is applied to Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:31 ), which is “the fullness of him that filleth all in all” (Ephesians 1:23 )
Assurance - We also meet with: ...
1, the full assurance of faith, Hebrews 10:22 ; the reception of God's testimony respecting the work of Christ and the glory He now enjoys:...
2, the full assurance of hope, Hebrews 6:11 , issuing in continued diligence of the saints in their work and labour of love: and ...
3, the full assurance of understanding, Colossians 2:2 , for full knowledge in the Mystery of God
Paul as an Evangelical Mystic - ...
Now, to begin with, Christ Himself is the great Mystery of godliness. All the mysteries of creation,-and creation is as full as it can hold of all kinds of mysteries: all the mysteries of grace,-and grace is full of its own proper mysteries also: yet, all are plain and easy to be understood, compared with the all-surpassing Mystery of Christ. Ever since Christ was set forth among men the best intellects in the world have all been working on the Mystery of Christ. And, though they have found out enough of that Mystery for their own salvation, yet they all agree to tell us that there are heights and depths of Mystery in Christ past all finding out. Christ is so mystical and mysterious: He is so unlike any one else in heaven or earth: He is such an unheard-of Mystery, that He has three dwelling-places. And first, the mystical union between Christ and the soul is so mysterious that it is a great Mystery even to those who are in it, and share it. As Walter Marshall, one of the greatest doctors in this Mystery, has it: "Yea," says Marshall in his Gospel Mystery, "though it be revealed clearly in the Holy Scriptures, yet the natural man has not eyes to see it there. For the apostles themselves had the saving benefit of this Mystery long before the Comforter had discovered it clearly to them. And the best of us know this Mystery but in part, and must wait for the perfect knowledge of it in another world. " So mysterious is this Mystery of godliness
Ephesians, Epistle to the - The Mystery of God's will is set forth — to head up all things, whether heavenly or earthly, in the Christ for the administration of the fulness of times. This chapter, in a parenthesis, unfolds the administration of the Mystery, hid in God, but now revealed by the Spirit, namely, that the Gentiles should be joint heirs and a joint body and joint partakers of His promise in Christ Jesus. A Mystery is that which is understood only by the initiated. In the public dealings of God with men this Mystery had no place; it is connected (though administered upon earth) with Christ while hid in the heavens, and the saints united to Him there; by its administration would be made known to principalities and powers in heavenly places the all various wisdom of God. Blessed instruction as to the Mystery of Christ and the church is given in connection with the word to wives and husbands. The apostle asks the prayers of the saints that he might make known the Mystery of the glad tidings with boldness; and closes this remarkable epistle with a benediction
Joseph, Saint - The Gospel relates that he was espoused to Mary and that he was thinking of putting her away when an angel revealed to him the Mystery of the Incarnation (Matthew 1)
Revelation - Isaiah 25:7 ; (b) 'the Mystery,' the purpose of God in this age, Romans 16:25 ; Ephesians 3:3 ; (c) the communication of the knowledge of God to the soul, Ephesians 1:17 ; (d) an expression of the mind of God for the instruction of the church, 1 Corinthians 14:6,26 , for the instruction of the Apostle Paul, 2 Corinthians 12:1,7 ; Galatians 1:12 , and for his guidance, Galatians 2:2 ; (e) the Lord Jesus Christ, to the saints at His Parousia, 1 Corinthians 1:7 , RV (AV, 'coming'); 1 Peter 1:7 , RV (AV, 'appearing'),13; 4:13; (f) the Lord Jesus Christ when He comes to dispense the judgments of God, 2 Thessalonians 1:7 ; cp
Trinity - The union of three in one; generally applied to the ineffable Mystery of three persons in one God, ...
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. But if the most common of God's works, with which we are the most conversant, be in this respect incomprehensible, how can men think that the modus existetendi (or manner of existence) of the infinite Creator can be level to their capacities?...
The doctrine of the Trinity is indeed a Mystery, but no man hath yet shown that it involves in it a real contradiction
Hide, Hid, Hidden - 1), is used metaphorically, in Luke 10:21 , of truths "hidden" from the wise and prudent and revealed to babes; 1 Corinthians 2:7 , of God's wisdom; Ephesians 3:9 , of the Mystery of the unsearchable riches of Christ, revealed through the Gospel; Colossians 1:26 , of the Mystery associated with the preceding
Job - The Book, in 42 chapters, is a revelation of the Mystery of suffering
Holy Day - Christ; Nelson's Fasts and Feasts; Robinson's History and Mystery of Good Friday, and Lectures on Nonconformity; A country Vicar's Sermon on Christmas day, 1753; Brown's Nat
Lawless, Lawlessness - ...
B — 1: ἀνομία (Strong's #458 — Noun Feminine — anomia — an-om-ee'-ah ) "lawlessness," akin to A, is most frequently translated "iniquity;" in 2 Thessalonians 2:7 , RV, "lawlessness" (AV, "iniquity"); "the Mystery of lawlessness" is not recognized by the world, for it does not consist merely in confusion and disorder (see A); the display of "lawlessness" by the "lawless" one (2 Thessalonians 2:8 ) will be the effect of the attempt by the powers of darkness to overthrow the Divine government
Methodical Mental Prayer - (Latin: meditari, to ponder) ...
The application of the mind and will to some spiritual principle, Mystery, or event, for the purpose of sanctifying one's soul by exciting proper spiritual emotions and resolving on a course of action
Meditation - (Latin: meditari, to ponder) ...
The application of the mind and will to some spiritual principle, Mystery, or event, for the purpose of sanctifying one's soul by exciting proper spiritual emotions and resolving on a course of action
Fog: a Figure of Our Partial Knowledge - Being once surrounded by a dense mist on the Styhead Pass in the Lake District, we felt ourselves to be transported into a world of Mystery where everything was swollen to a size and appearance more vast, more terrible, than is usual on this sober planet
zo'ar - (Genesis 19:15 ; 23:27 ) The definite position of Sodom is, and probably will always be, a Mystery; but there can be little doubt that the plain of the Jordan was at the north side of the Dead Sea and that the cities of the plain must therefore have been situated there instead of at the southern end of the lake, as it is generally taken for granted they were
Real Presence - Being assured of this fact, it is useless and only fruitful indoubt and perplexity, to speculate upon the manner of this Presence,which is a Mystery of the Gospel; as such the Church has receivedand taught it, but has never explained or defined. This being theattitude of the Church, it will be our wisdom to say of thisMystery:...
  "Christ was the Word that spake it;   He took the Bread and brake it,   And what that Word did make it,   That I believe and take it
Messianic Secret - Even the disciples, once they related that they understood the “mystery of the kingdom of God” (Mark 4:11 ), were sworn to silence (Mark 8:30 ; Mark 9:9 ). He compared the Mystery of the kingdom of God to a man who sows seed and discovers, to his amazement, that seeded ground produces plants which secretly grow at night—”he knoweth not how” (Mark 4:27 )
Baptism For the Dead - ...
If docetic type Christians infected the church at Corinth, they may have accepted baptism for departed souls : but how would that prove bodily resurrection? Similarly, some Dionysian rites and some practices of the Mystery religions were held to ensure access, and safe journeying, in the spiritual world, even for those already dead
Litany, the - The Obsecrations, being the lastthree petitions having as their response, "Good Lord, deliver us,"beginning with the petition, "By the Mystery," etc
Prayer - ...
Scripture does not give any theoretical explanation of the Mystery which attaches to prayer. Now, Scripture, while, by the doctrine of spiritual influence it entirely disposes of the latter difficulty, does not so entirely solve that part of the Mystery which depends on the nature of God. For, in fact, it is involved in that inscrutable Mystery which attends on the conception of any free action of man as necessary for the working out of the general laws of God's unchangeable will. It is also implied that the key to the Mystery lies in the fact of man's spiritual unity with God in Christ, and of the consequent gift of the Holy Spirit
Mystical Numbers - Saint Augustine, commenting on the twelve Apostles, claims great Mystery in the signification of the number twelve
Dispensation - 1: οἰκονομία (Strong's #3622 — Noun Feminine — oikonomia — oy-kon-om-ee'-ah ) primarily signifies "the management of a household or of household affairs" (oikos, "a house," nomos, "a law"); then the management or administration of the property of others, and so "a stewardship," Luke 16:2-4 ; elsewhere only in the Epistles of Paul, who applies it (a) to the responsibility entrusted to him of preaching the Gospel, 1 Corinthians 9:17 (RV, "stewardship," AV, "dispensation"); (b) to the stewardship commited to him "to fulfill the Word of God," the fulfillment being the unfolding of the completion of the Divinely arranged and imparted cycle of truths which are consummated in the truth relating to the Church as the Body of Christ, Colossians 1:25 (RV and AV, "dispensation"); so in Ephesians 3:2 , of the grace of God given him as a stewardship ("dispensation") in regard to the same "mystery;" (c) in Ephesians 1:10 ; 3:9 , it is used of the arrangement or administration by God, by which in "the fullness of the times" (or seasons) God will sum up all things in the heavens and on earth in Christ
Numbers, Mystical - Saint Augustine, commenting on the twelve Apostles, claims great Mystery in the signification of the number twelve
Age - The Mystery hid from ages
Lunatic - No doubt, the Mystery in relation to spiritual mercies in Christ had much signification, teaching us that Jesus alone had power for the accomplishment of so much good
Rich, Riches, Richly, Rich Man - , of its manifestation in grace towards believers); Romans 11:33 , of His wisdom and knowledge; Ephesians 1:7 ; 2:7 , "of His grace;" Ephesians 1:18 , "of the glory of His inheritance in the saints;" Ephesians 3:8 , "of Christ;" Philippians 4:19 , "in glory in Christ Jesus," RV; Colossians 1:27 , "of the glory of this Mystery . Christ in you, the hope of glory;" (b) to be ascribed to Christ, Revelation 5:12 ; (c) of the effects of the gospel upon the Gentiles, Romans 11:12 (twice); (d) of the full assurance of understanding in regard to the Mystery of God, even Christ, Colossians 2:2 , RV; (e) of the liberality of the churches of Macedonia, 2 Corinthians 8:2 (where "the riches" stands for the spiritual and moral value of their liberality); (f) of "the reproach of Christ" in contrast to this world's treasures, Hebrews 11:26
Treasure Treasurer Treasury - In 2 Corinthians 4:7 it is the ministry of the gospel of Christ, and in Colossians 2:3 it is the riches of wisdom in Christ, far in excess of human wisdom or the wisdom offered in the so-called ‘mystery-religions’ of the time
Babylon the Great - This is also called "MYSTERY," "THE MOTHER OF THE HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH
Forehead - ...
Upon the harlot's (the apostate church) forehead was written "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH
Government - Thirteen governments thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without the pretence of miracle or Mystery, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind
Theophany - If it is protested that the subject is enveloped in Mystery, it needs to be remembered that theology without Mystery is sheer nonsense
Kingdom of God - ...
The Mystery of the kingdom...
The truth that the teaching of Jesus makes clear is not simply that God’s kingdom is present in the world now, but that people can enter that kingdom now, even though the world is still under the power of Satan. He referred to this present aspect of the kingdom as a Mystery, or secret (Matthew 10:6-75). By using the word ‘mystery’, Jesus did not mean that he was telling people something to confuse them. (Similar uses of ‘mystery’ occur elsewhere in the New Testament; cf. Romans 16:25-26; Ephesians 1:9-10; Colossians 1:26; see Mystery. This is the Mystery of the kingdom, the previously unknown purpose of God that Jesus revealed. ...
Parables of the kingdom...
Jesus emphasized this Mystery of the kingdom in the parables recorded in Matthew 13 (Matthew 13:11; see PARABLE)
Impute, Imputation - Likewise, it is taught that the sins of humanity were imputed to Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21 ), although the exact nature of this divine imputation remains a Mystery
Cabbalists - In their opinion, there is not a word, letter, number, or accent, in the law, without some Mystery in it; and they even pretend to discover what is future by this vain study
Lessons - As to the second lessons, the church observes the same course both on Sundays and week-days; reading the Gospel and Acts of the Apostles in the morning, and the Epistles in the evening, in the order they stand in the New Testament; excepting on saints' days and holy days, when such lessons are appointed as either explain the Mystery, relate the history, or apply the example to us
Sabellians - Hence the Sabellians reduced the three persons in the trinity to three characters or relations, and maintained that the Word and Holy Spirit are only virtues, emanations, or functions, of the Deity; that he who is in heaven is the Father of all things; that he descended into the virgin, became a child, and was born of her as a son; and that, having accomplished the Mystery of our redemption, he effused himself upon the Apostles in tongues of fire, and was then denominated the Holy Ghost. They also attempted to illustrate this Mystery, by one light kindled by another; by the fountain and stream, and by the stock and branch
Dereliction - ’ What was it that wrong from His lips that exceeding bitter cry? The Evangelists have not drawn the veil aside and revealed what was passing in the Redeemer’s soul, and it becomes us to refrain from curious speculation, and recognize that there is here an impenetrable Mystery. ...
If Jesus was indeed the eternal Son of God, ‘bearing our sins in his body on the tree’ (1 Peter 2:24), it is in no wise strange that His experience at that awful crisis should lie beyond our ken; but some light is shed upon the Mystery by the profound truth, so often reiterated in the NT, that it was necessary for Him, in order that He might redeem the children of men, to be identified with them in every particular of their sorrowful condition. And thus is revealed something of the Mystery of the Dereliction
Apostasy - Berkouwer is correct to refute the idea that this sin against the Holy Spirit is a mysterium iniquitatis ("a Mystery of sin"), a sin difficult, if at all possible, to define precisely in the Bible
Earthly And Heavenly - The earthly things were those of which Christ had been speaking,—the necessity and Mystery and reality of the new birth,—and also, as Godet rightly infers from John 3:12 (note use of plural instead of singular in addressing Nicodemus), the truths previously preached by Christ
Israel, Spiritual - ...
Such interpretations seek to understand the Mystery of divine election which began with Israel and climaxed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus
Tongues Gift of - Paul was full of the phenomena of mysticism and ecstasy is clear to all students of the Mystery-religions. Paul and the Mystery-Religions, p. Paul and the Mystery-Religions, London, 1913; J
Man of Sin - Paul’s doctrine of the Antichrist is found in the passage 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, in which he associates ‘the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ’ with a previous ‘falling away’ or apostasy (ἀποστασία) and the revelation of ‘the man of lawlessness,’ whom he also designates ‘the son of perdition’ (2 Thessalonians 2:3), ‘the opponent’ (ἀντικείμενος) of God (2 Thessalonians 2:4), ‘the lawless one’ (ὁ ἄνομος, 2 Thessalonians 2:3), whose future revelation in his own time, however, is anticipated even now by a working of ‘the Mystery of lawlessness’ (2 Thessalonians 2:7). ), suggest that the ‘mystery of iniquity’ already at work (2 Thessalonians 2:7) was nothing else than the secret ferment of its own anti-Christian spirit. In the persistent malevolence of his own race against Christ and the gospel, the Apostle saw the Mystery of iniquity working; but he conceived of that malevolence as culminating at length in the appearance of an Antichrist endowed with Satanic and superhuman qualities, who would deceive men by ‘power and signs and lying wonders’ (v
Ezekiel, Book of - A cloudy Mystery overhangs them which it is almost impossible to penetrate
Rellyanists - " " The Cherubimical Mystery
Suffering - This is part of the Mystery of human suffering. God does not satisfy people’s curiosity concerning this Mystery, but he does work in the lives of those who suffer, to bring them to a fuller knowledge of himself and therefore to glorify him (John 9:1-3; 2 Corinthians 1:3-7; see also DISEASE)
Antichrist - He speaks of the many as being already there, whereas the one was to come; and if we turn to 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 we read of something or some one that hinders that wicked or lawless one being revealed, although the Mystery of iniquity was already at work. Now there has been no change of dispensation since this epistle was written, and John wrote much later, from which we learn that the revelation of the antichrist is still future, though doubtless the Mystery of iniquity is getting ripe for his appearing; that which hindered and still hinders the manifestation of the antichrist is doubtless the presence of the Holy Spirit on earth
Mystery - If so in the common works of nature, we can hardly suppose that those things which more immediately relate to the Divine Being himself, can be without Mystery
Leading - 74; Phillips Brooks, Mystery of Iniquity, p
Capreolus, Bishop of Carthage - His answer to the argument from Psa_22:1 is drawn from the latter half of the verse (as it is in the LXX and Vulgate which are not improbably right) "Far from my health are the words of my failings," and based on the Mystery of the union of the two natures "that human condition should know itself" (c
Christ in Reformation Theology - Athanasius and Augustine alike dwell on the Mystery lying in the union of the Divine and the human in the Person of Christ the God-man, and can express their thought in the same language; but for Athanasius the Mystery lies in the union of two natures, while for Augustine the Mystery lies in the Person. ‘My Saviour,’ says Athanasius, ‘must be the great God who made heaven and earth; and He must unite the human and Divine natures which He possesses, in a union which for me is a Mystery to be believed, but which my intelligence can never explain or penetrate. There was no Mystery in the natures. The Person possesses both these forms simultaneously; the one and the same Person was at one and the same time in the form of God and in the form of a servant; and in this unity of the Person lay the Mystery. This is the Mystery of the Person. ’...
It is evident that the piety which dwells on the Mystery of the Person as opposed to the Mystery of the union of the natures has its attention directed to the personal saving acts rather than to the passive condition of incarnation, and sees its salvation worked out for it in the life, death, and rising again of the Divine Person, rather than in the diffusion of the Incarnation. Thus two types of Christian piety correspond to the two differing intellectual conceptions of where the Mystery lies in the Person of Christ, and each can accept the same verbal definitions
Regeneration - The researches of recent years compel us to recognize that there were widespread hopes and expectancies of new life among the people who had felt the influence of the great Mystery-religions. Mystery, Mysteries. Vernon Bartlet, and for its use in the Mystery-religions see Reitzenstein, Poimandres, and Die hellenistischen Mysterienreligionen, s. But the essential doctrines of the Mystery-religions could not have been so soon completely metamorphosed. 231), in a very careful examination of the material, recognizes the priority in the Mystery-religions of many of the redemptive doctrines, and these not without ethical character. ...
The basis for a doctrine of regeneration is therefore to be found in the sacramentalism of both Judaism and the Mystery-cults. While it is evident that much of this programme would be entirely familiar to the world of the Mystery-religions, the peculiar power of primitive Christianity was manifest in its fine moral glow and its gracious charities, as well as in its religious enthusiasm. And this story of the early Church reveals, on the one hand, an utter absence of those coarser elements, from which the Mystery-cults, whatever may have been their philosophical refinements, never freed themselves, and, on the other hand, a positive moral power resulting from glad allegiance to the Historical Founder of Christianity, such as was never accorded to the mythical founders of the other religions of the time
Searching - In John 21:12 the same word is used to suggest that the disciples did not venture to probe the Mystery any further
Olivet Discourse, the - Much of God's plans are Mystery, but Jesus disclosed enough
Cherubim - ’ As the symbols were blazoned on the doors, walls, and curtains of the Temple, their general appearance must originally have been quite well known, but time once more threw a veil of Mystery over them, and Josephus declares that ‘no one can tell or guess what the cherubim, were like’ (Ant
Babylon, Mystical - ...
The "woman arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication, and upon her forehead having a name written, Mystery, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" (Revelation 17:4-5), is avowedly mystical. Then "iniquity" shall be no longer as now in "mystery," but openly developed in the last awful Antichrist who shall combine the world against Christ in a system of superstitious credulity and infidelity together (2 Thessalonians 2; Revelation 16:13-16; Revelation 17:17; Revelation 19:19)
Anthropomorphism - In the New Testament the analogy becomes reality in the Mystery of the incarnation (John 1:1-18 )
Rejection - ’ This is a great Mystery which St
Gedaliah - ...
A Mystery of providence that God should permit the righteous, in spite of warning, to rush in unsuspecting honesty of purpose into the trap laid for them; Isaiah 57:1 suggests a solution
Nazarites - The institution of Nazaritism is involved in much Mystery; and no satisfactory reason has ever been given of it
Judas Iscariot - If the Lord chose Judas with clear foreknowledge of the issue, then, dark as the Mystery may be, it accords with the providential ordering of human affairs, being in fact an instance of an ancient and abiding problem, the ‘irreconcilable antinomy’ of Divine foreknowledge and human free will. It is no whit a greater Mystery that Jesus should have chosen Judas with clear prescience of the issue, than that God should have made Saul king, knowing what the end would be
Steward - of grace, of Mystery, or of mysteries): ἕκαστος καθὼς ἔλαβεν χάρισμα, εἰς ἑαυτοὺς αὐτὸ διακονοῦντες ὡς καλοἱ οἰκονόμοι ποικίλης χάριτος θεοῦ, 1 Peter 4:10; εἴ γε ἠκούσατε τὴν οἰκονομίαν τῆς χάριτος τοῦ θεοῦ τῆς δοθείσης μοι εἰς ὑμᾶς, Ephesians 3:2; οὕτως ἡμᾶς λογιζέσθω ἄνθρωπος ὡς ὑπηρέτας Χριστοῦ καὶ οἰκονόμους μυστηρίων θειῦ, 1 Corinthians 4:1; τίς ἡ οἰκονομία (v
Gospel, the, - It embraced more than salvation, great as that is, for he was desirous of making known "the Mystery of the gospel," which separates believers from the first man of the earth, and associates them with Christ glorified in heaven
Thirteen - In verse13the word Sethur means "mystery
Cluster - The learned Bishop Patrick hath observed, that the Hebrew Doctors, by dividing the word Eshcol into two words, found out the Mystery of the Messiah in the passage, and read them thus, my beloved is unto me the Esh, that is, the man; Col, copher; that is, a cluster of atonement
Gods, Pagan - ...
New Testament The pagan gods of the New Testament world were the deities of the Greco-Roman pantheon and certain eastern gods whose myths gave rise to the Mystery religions. See Fertility Cult ; Mystery/Mystery Religions. The Mystery religions, including the cults of Eleusis and Dionysus, filled a vacuum left by the fading popularity of the older Greek gods and became the primary comeptitors of Christianity in the early centuries of the church. Another Mystery religion centered around Mithra, a Persian god, and his myth
Age, Ages - In the New Testament the hidden wisdom of God is repeatedly connected with the gospel, a Mystery that he has chosen to reveal after long ages (aion [1Col 2:7; Ephesians 3:9 ; Colossians 1:26 ; chronoi [ Romans 16:25 ; 2 Timothy 1:9 ; Titus 1:2 )
Ezekiel - From the thirty-second to the fortieth chapter, he inveighs against the accumulated sins of the Jews collectively, and the murmuring spirit of his captive brethren; exhorts them earnestly to repent of their hypocrisy and wickedness, upon the assurance that God will accept sincere repentance; and comforts them with promises of approaching deliverance under Cyrus; subjoining intimations of some far more glorious, but distant, redemption under the Messiah, though the manner in which it is to be effected is deeply involved in Mystery
God - ...
God as Mystery Revealed in Christ The personal presence of God in Jesus Christ is the central and normative source of knowledge about God. Still, what is revealed is the Mystery of Christ. Faith believes that what remains hidden in Mystery is totally consistent with what is revealed in Christ
Incarnation - ...
The Mystery of the incarnation continues, and the statements of the first four councils of the Christian church preserve that Mystery
Fellowship - Such fellowship is a practical "fellowship of the Mystery" (Ephesians 3:9 ), a Mystery now revealed that Jews and Gentiles are one body in Christ Jesus through the gospel
Fertility Cult - ) Many of the Mystery religions which competed with Christianity in the early centuries of the church developed the myths of the older fertility cults
Revelation - The gospel of Jesus Christ reveals how God, through Christ, is able to forgive guilty sinners, declare them righteous and build them into a unified body, the church (Romans 1:17; Romans 16:25-26; Ephesians 3:5-6; see GOSPEL; Mystery)
Hardening, Hardness of Heart - There is something of a Mystery here, but apparently these people were so irremediable in their rebellion against God that God entered into the hardening process so that he could accomplish his purposes in spite of, and yet in and through, that hardness
Deacon - Bishops must be ‘apt to teach’ ( 1 Timothy 3:2 ); deacons were only called to ‘hold the Mystery of the faith in a pure conscience’ ( 1 Timothy 3:9 )
Colossians, Epistle to the - His sufferings in his body filled up the (non-atoning) sufferings of Christ; and the revelation he had, concerning the Mystery of the church, filled up the word of God (not as to time, for some portions were added afterwards, but as to the circle of subjects)
Canticles - The sacred writers were, by God's condescension, authorized to illustrate his strict and intimate relation to the church, by the figure of a marriage; and the emblem must have been strikingly becoming and expressive to the conceptions of the Jews, since they annexed ideas of peculiar Mystery to this appointment, and imagined the marriage union to be a counterpart representation of some original pattern in heaven
Passover - It is enough for us to be assured, that as Christ is called "our passover;" and the "Lamb of God," without "spot," by the "sprinkling of whose blood" we are delivered from guilt and punishment; and as faith in him is represented to us as "eating the flesh of Christ," with evident allusion to the eating of the paschal sacrifice; so, in these leading particulars, the Mystery of our redemption was set forth
Eucharist - The Greek Mystery-religions. Paul derived his conceptions about the Eucharist from the Greek Mystery-religions, is excluded by the hypothesis which has just been put forward. No doubt there is a real sense in which Christianity is a Mystery-religion. It meets and satisfies the same needs which are met by Mystery-religions in the Graeco-Roman world, and it is certainly possible that St. ...
We know exceedingly little about the Mystery-religious which were current in the time of St. Mystery, MYSTERIES
Immortality - The various Mystery-cults, with varying forms of ritual, all agreed in offering to the initiate the hope of a future life of bliss after death. Abundant evidence for this may be found in books and monographs dealing with the subject of the Mystery-cults in the Roman Empire. This Eastern, and especially Persian, element which entered so largely into the Mystery-cults of the century before and the century following the birth of Christ, laid stress upon the deliverance of the soul, by purificatory rites and by asceticism, from the bondage of the body, and thus pointed a way to ultimate salvation and immortality by union with the god. The resemblance of the rites of the Mystery-cults to various elements in the Christian sacraments has led many scholars to trace the influence of these cults of the Graeco-Roman world upon the form which Christianity assumed as it developed a system of ritual and doctrine. Paul, was determined by these external influences, especially by the existence in various Mystery-cults of the idea of the death of the god and his resurrection
Colossians, Theology of - Paul calls these riches a Mystery, the hope of glory, which is Christ in the believer (1:26-27). Such a corporate identification reflects Christ indwelling the community, the great Mystery of God (1:29). Those who see a Hellenistic influence appeal to Gnostic or Mystery religion influence. The reference to observing Sabbaths (2:16) indicates a Jewish flavor, while the emphasis on ascetic practice and heavenly mediaries, like the angels, has a Hellenistic character, although a connection to Mystery influence is more likely than a Gnostic one
Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus - ...
By the Mystery of Thy holy Incarnation, deliver us, O Jesus
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By the Mystery of Thy holy Incarnation, deliver us, O Jesus
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By the Mystery of Thy holy Incarnation, deliver us, O Jesus
Knowledge - True knowledge, however, centres in Christ, who is the Mystery of God ( Colossians 2:2 )
Godliness - On the one hand, therefore, godliness, as adhesion to the Church, appears as guaranteeing true doctrine (the teaching which is according to godliness [3], the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness [4], the Mystery of godliness [3]; cf
Colosse - Paul assures them, that since he had heard of their faith in Christ Jesus, and of their love to all Christians, he had not ceased to return thanks to God for them, and to pray that they might increase in spiritual knowledge, and abound in every good work; he describes the dignity of Christ, and declares the universality of the Gospel dispensation, which was a Mystery formerly hidden, but now made manifest; and he mentions his own appointment, through the grace of God, to be the Apostle of the Gentiles; he expresses a tender concern for the Colossians and other Christians of Phrygia, and cautions them against being seduced from the simplicity of the Gospel, by the subtlety of Pagan philosophers, or the superstition of Judaizing Christians; he directs them to set their affections on things above, and forbids every species of licentiousness; he exhorts to a variety of Christian virtues, to meekness, veracity, humility, charity, and devotion; he enforces the duties of wives, husbands, children, fathers, servants, and masters; he inculcates the duty of prayer, and of prudent behaviour toward unbelievers; and after adding the salutations of several persons then at Rome, and desiring that this epistle might be read in the church of their neighbours the Laodiceans, he concludes with a salutation from himself, written, as usual, with his own hand
Babylon - This basal probability is supported by the fact that Babylon is called ‘mystery’ in Revelation 17:5 , is said to be seated on seven mountains ( Revelation 17:9 ), and to be a centre of commerce and authority ( Revelation 18:3-19 ; Revelation 18:17 ; Revelation 14:8 )
Dreams - Sleep impressed primitive savages as a great Mystery; and they consequently attributed a peculiar significance to the dreams of sleepers, as phenomena which they could not control by their will or explain by their reason
Mediation Mediator - Paul and the Mystery-Religions, 1913). He is aware that the Jews find it a stumbling-block and the Greeks foolishness, but he claims that it is ‘God’s wisdom in a Mystery’ (1 Corinthians 2:7), little as the philosophers supposed it to be true. This intimate bond between the disciple and his Lord, the blood-bond, is set forth by the ordinances of baptism and communion in a far wider sense than was contemplated by the ‘mystery-religions’ and their ‘redeemer-gods’ (1 Corinthians 10:2 ff
Ephesians, Book of - This good news is a Mystery, a Mystery God calls people to share with other people through His grace and a Mystery which allows all people to approach God in confidence and freedom
Image of God - Scholars through the ages have sought to unravel the Mystery of that statement
Interpretation - Elihu’s reference to the intercessory or ambassadorial work of angels in interpreting to man what God requires of him in the way of conduct, as well as explaining the Mystery of His dealings with men [3])
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The origin of sin is a Mystery, and must for ever remain such to us
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Sleep has always been a profound Mystery, and it is still the crux in physiology and psychology
Marriage - This is a great Mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church
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Sleep has always been a profound Mystery, and it is still the crux in physiology and psychology
Thessalonians, Second Epistle to the - Already ‘the Mystery of lawlessness’ is at work ( 2 Thessalonians 2:7 ), but the crisis is delayed, as the Thessalonians know, by ‘that which restraineth’ ( 2 Thessalonians 2:6 ), ‘one who restrains’ ( 2 Thessalonians 2:7 ). is the assertion of a restraining power , holding in check the Mystery of lawlessness already at work
Trinity - As a distinctive Christian doctrine, the Trinity is considered as a divine Mystery beyond human comprehension to be reflected upon only through scriptual revelation. The doctrine of the Trinity is an absolute Mystery
Gelasius (1) i, Bishop of Rome - Let these (since I know not by what superstition they are actuated) either receive the entire sacraments or be debarred from them altogether; because a division of one and the same Mystery cannot take place without great sacrilege. ...
The treatise de Duabus Naturis, arguing against the Eutychian position that the union of the human and divine natures in Christ implies the absorption of the human into the divine, adduces the Eucharist as the image, similitude, and representation of the same Mystery, the point being that as, after consecration, the natural substance of the bread and wine remains unchanged, so the human nature of Christ remained unchanged notwithstanding its union with divinity
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Nevertheless, there is nothing more evident in the story of the Evangelists than the fact that a permanent and increasing Mystery, passing into reverence and awe, accompanied that familiar acquaintance. ...
To His first Jewish disciples the name Messiah was the unveiling of a historical Mystery, the justification of the calling, preservation, and discipline of Israel
Divinity of Christ - The Mystery of Christ. The Mystery of Christ. The highest prophecies of His appearance reveal, amid the circumstantial details, the element of Mystery; that Mystery is not eliminated when the Life appears. His Mystery remains (cf
Trinity - It was, indeed a name that ranked first among their profoundest cabbala; a Mystery, sublime, ineffable, incommunicable. Tertullian, Basil, and Jerom, all mention this practice of trine immersion as ancient; and Jerom says, "We are thrice dipped in the water, that the Mystery of the Trinity may appear to be but one. We are not baptized in the names of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, but in one name, which is God's; and, therefore, though we be thrice put under water to represent the Mystery of the Trinity, yet it is reputed but one baptism. Justin Martyr, in refuting the charge of atheism urged against Christians, because they did not believe in the gods of the Heathen, expressly says, "We worship and adore the Father, and the Son who came from him and taught us these things, and the prophetic Spirit;" and soon after, in the same apology, he undertakes to show the reasonableness of the honour paid by Christians to the Father in the first place, to the Son in the second, and to the Holy Ghost in the third; and says, that their assigning the second place to a crucified man, was, by unbelievers, denominated madness, because they were ignorant of the Mystery, which he then proceeds to explain. " And the latter, after reciting the same form of baptism, says that "by it Christ delivered the doctrine of the Trinity, unto which Mystery or sacrament the nations were to be baptized
Holy Spirit - Power and Mystery state the nature of God
Deacon, Deaconess - "not double-tongued"), not indulging excessively in wine, not pursuing dishonest gain, holding the Mystery (proved and approved), being found blameless, husband of one wife (a one-woman kind of man publicly and privately), and a good manager of children and household
Seeing - Gleichnisse und die Gleichnisse Jesu; Phillips Brooks, Mystery of Iniquity (1893), 208
Antichrist - The descriptions also, of the beast as the great apostacy, the man of sin, the Mystery of iniquity, and the son of perdition, will apply only to Christian Rome
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BABYLON as the centre of idolatry and Gentile apostasy from God and the abode of corruption in the activity of power — type of papal Rome whose name is Mystery, Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth
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(c)to Mystery-religion. The influence of Mystery myths, already traceable in pre-Christian apocalypse, becomes more pronounced, Gnostic speculations becoming completely mythological. ), written to oppose a ‘philosophy and vain deceit’ (Matthew 21:28-32 ‘wiles of error’) by means of the Divine gift of ‘a spirit of wisdom and understanding in the Mystery of the Divine will
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In Ephesians 5:32 translated "this Mystery is great," i. Not marriage in general, but the marriage of Christ and the church, is the great Mystery, as the following words prove, "I say it in regard to (eis ) Christ and in regard to (eis ) the church," whereas Genesis 2:24 refers to literal marriage
Socinians - The fundamental principles which he assumed were, the rejection of all Mystery from revelation, and the necessity of trying its doctrines by the light of reason; and he rigorously applied this latter maxim in conducting has theological investigations. The propensity, so natural to man, of dissipating every shade of Mystery, and casting the light of his own understanding around the subjects of his contemplation, did not cease to operate; and the application of this principle, so gratifying to the pride of human reason, carried many farther than even Socinus had probably anticipated
Predestination - God’s foreordination, or predestination, whether in its providential, historical, or personal saving aspects, is ever represented as a great Mystery, the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of which (for this is the character of its Mystery) man can never hope to fathom ( Rom Romans 11:33-34 )
Behmenists - How and why sin and misery, wrath, and death, shall only reign for a time, till the love, the wisdom, and the power of God shall in a supernatural way (the Mystery of God made man) triumph over sin, misery, and death; and make fallen man rise to the glory of angels, and this material system shake off its curse, and enter into an everlasting union with that heaven from whence it fell
Understanding - See especially Colossians 1:9, where he combines ‘understanding’ with ‘wisdom’ in his prayer, and Ephesians 3:4 of ‘the Mystery of Christ,’ 5:17 of ‘the will of God’ (Ephesians 1:18 διανοιας is a disputed reading)
Wisdom And Wise Men - Until recent years these structures have been a Mystery because they did not seem to rhyme either in meter or sound as modern languages do
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus, Poet - Ausonius was not a Christian in the same sense as Paulinus; he was one who hovered on the borderland which separated the new from the old religion: not ashamed, it is true, to pen obscenities beneath the eye and at the challenge of his patron, yet in the quiet of his oratory feeling after the God of the Christians; convinced apparently of the dogma of the Trinity, yet so little penetrated by its awful Mystery as to give it a haphazard place in a string of frivolous triplets composed at the dinner-table ( Gryph
Apostle - " The Mystery hitherto hid in God was now revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, namely, that the Gentiles should be joint heirs, and a joint body, and partakers of His promise in Christ Jesus
Work, Wrought - 1 Thessalonians 2:13 (Middle Voice; AV, 'effectually worketh'); (d) supernatural power, undefined, Matthew 14:2 ; Mark 6:14 ; (e) faith, as the energizer of love, Galatians 5:6 ; (f) the example of patience in suffering, 2 Corinthians 1:6 ; (g) death (physical) and life (spiritual), 2 Corinthians 4:12 ; (h) sinful passions, Romans 7:5 ; (i) the spirit of the Evil One, Ephesians 2:2 ; (j) the Mystery of iniquity, 2 Thessalonians 2:7
Victor, Bishop of Rome - Synods were held on the subject in various parts—in Palestine under Theophilus of Caesarea and Narcissus of Jerusalem, in Pontus under Palmas, in Gaul under Irenaeus, in Corinth under its bishop, Bachillus, at Osrhoene in Mesopotamia, and elsewhere, by all of which synodical letters were issued, unanimous in disapproval of the Asian custom, and in declaring that "on the Lord's Day only the Mystery of the resurrection of the Lord from the dead was accomplished, and that on that day only we keep the close of the paschal fast" (Eus
Resurrection - Hence the significance of the Mystery-religions, whose emphasis was wholly on the future life. ...
(b) Orientalism, to use a broad term for the various forms in which the dualism and mysticism of the East expressed themselves in religious sects and Mystery-cults, and so influenced religious thought in the Graeco-Roman world of our period. Paul’s indebtedness to the Mystery-religions for any ideas as to the resurrection belongs rather to the discussion of the development of his doctrine than to the evidence for his original stock of ideas on the subject. Paul believed to be a trustworthy historical event, supported by contemporary evidence and confirmed for himself by his Damascus experience, that it is unnecessary to discuss the question of whether he owed this conception to one of the Mystery-religions
Annunciation, the - Probably most of the first generation of Christians were ignorant of this Mystery, for the Book of Acts and the Epistles show us that what was preached by the Apostles was not the miraculous birth, but the death and resurrection of Christ (Matthew 28:5-7; Acts 2:23-24; Acts 2:32; Acts 3:15; Acts 4:10; Acts 10:39-40; Acts 13:28-30; Acts 17:31 etc. ...
Nevertheless, when the Mystery became known through the diffusion of the First and Third Gospels, its importance as a completion and confirmation of the faith was recognized. Finally, she committed the sacred Mystery to another woman, or to a small group of women; and from them it passed to St. But it is wiser to accept with reverent thankfulness what has been revealed to us respecting this Mystery than to speculate needlessly, and perhaps fruitlessly, about what has not been revealed
Paul as a Student - You are to work with your hands, if need be; you are to sell your bed, if need be, as Coleridge commands you, in order to buy Calvin on the Romans, and Luther on the Galatians, and Goodwin on the Ephesians, and Davenant on the Colossians, and Hooker on Justification, and "that last word on the subject," Marshall's Gospel Mystery of Sanctification; and you are to husband-up your priceless and irrecoverable hours to such studies, as you shall give account at the day of a divinity student's judgment. It was Paul's imperial mind, winged as it was with his wonderful imagination, that first swept, full of eyes, over the whole Old Testament history, and saw, down to the bottom and up to the top, the whole hidden Mystery of the Old Testament economies, from the creation of the first Adam on to the sitting down of the second Adam at the right hand of God. And the great discoverer of the whole Mystery of God, in the law and in the gospel, must often have fallen down and uttered the very same exclamation
David - in His Services - There are many mysteries of godliness not yet revealed to us; but, to me, the Mystery of David's knowledge of God and his communion with God is one of the most mysterious. And I have never, with all my search, seen an intelligent attempt made to face that Mystery. ...
No; David is scarcely second to the Man Jesus Christ Himself in this Mystery of mysteries, the mystical communion of the soul of man with the Living God
Seven Words, the - The two next words, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ (Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34), and ‘I thirst’ (John 19:28), were spoken in the darkness; nature is wrapped in gloom as the God-man, bearing the burden and the curse of sin that is not His own, reveals to us something of the Mystery of suffering. But the Mystery of this bitter cry we, with our finite understandings, can never fathom: ‘I and the Father are one,’ and yet ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ This the early Christians fully realized, for in their oft-repeated litanies they used to say, ‘By Thy sufferings known and unknown, good Lord deliver us
Providence of God - Finally, although the plan of God has been partially revealed to us, in its totality it remains an ultimate Mystery. In the depth of the Mystery of God's being he has formulated a benevolent, all-encompassing plan that is being worked out
Prophecy Prophet Prophetess - There is further the obscure proviso that he is not to ‘make assemblies for a worldly Mystery’ (or to ‘act for a worldly Mystery of the church’), but the difficulty of understanding the phrase as it stands forbids any deduction as to the character of this test
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‘Jesus saith … Do nothing save the things that belong to the truth, for if ye do these, ye shall know a hidden Mystery
False Worship - A new force was present in the Mystery religions—Hellenistic religions which focused on the hope for life beyond death
Providence - ” Because we are sure that God is for us, not against us, we can afford to live with this Mystery which impugns neither God's sovereignty nor His goodness
Church - It is the Mystery hidden throughout the ages, but now revealed, in order that to the principalities and powers in the heavenlies might be known through the assembly the all various wisdom of God
Cainites - He therefore, rather than the other disciples, was able to accomplish the Mystery of the betrayal, and so bring about the dissolution of all things both celestial and terrestrial
Lord's Supper - It has a tendency to enlighten our minds in the Mystery of godliness
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The book embraces a period of about thirty years: the Mystery ofthe church, and the gospel of the glory committed to Paul, as well as the state of the assemblies must be gathered from the Epistles
Greek Church - This chrism, solemnly consecrated on Maunday Thursday, is called the unction with ointment, and is a Mystery peculiar to the Greek communion, holding the place of confirmation in that of the Roman: it is styled, "the seal of the gift of the Holy Ghost
Job, Book of - But the Mystery is not us yet really cleared up; hence the necessity for the theophany
Publishing - It is one of the paradoxes with which we are familiar in the Gospels, that manifestation should be accompanied by concealment, and revelation connected with Mystery
Sabellianism, or Patripassianism - 2) that Sabellius derived his system from the apocryphal Gospel of the Egyptians, which stated that Christ had taught His disciples, as a great Mystery, the identity of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
American Church, the - Thecelebration of the Divine Mystery was the first signs, sealsand confirmation of Christ's Passion and Death ever known in thesequarters
Restoration - Isolated expressions and passages may be, and often have been, pressed into the service of preconceived hopes; but, on the whole, the statements of Scripture afford too slender a basis on which to raise a structure of dogmatic assertion, and do not throw light very far into the great Mystery of the future. If all the Mystery concerning the future were dispelled, the race would be without one of its most refining and sanctifying influences, much of life’s interest would vanish and its finest essence evaporate. The discipline of Mystery concerning the future world, which is so salutary for our nature, was not without its value in the perfecting of the Redeemer
Holy, Holiness - Awe, dread, unapproachability, vitality, and Mystery are the most common atttributes indicated in texts that reveal how the ancients perceived the holy. The Mystery that fascinates is present everywhere ( Exodus 19:9,24 ; Isaiah 6:1,4 ). Holiness as glory, power, and majesty are revealed in real ways tinged with Mystery (John 18:6 )
Time, Meaning of - Just as Jesus had declined at the moment of His ascension to give His followers a clue to times and seasons (Acts 1:7 ), Paul refused to tell the church when the end would come, except to tell them that it would come suddenly and unexpectedly, like a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 ), and that God was presently acting to overcome the Mystery of “the man of lawlessness,” which must first be destroyed. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 )...
Some are troubled that the Mystery of lawlessness is still at work and has delayed the “day of the Lord” for another two thousand years
Unconscious Faith - In these he dwells with enthusiasm on ‘the Mystery which hath been hid from all ages and generations … which is Christ in you (Gentiles), the hope of glory’ (Colossians 1:26-27, cf. God’s purpose, he felt, was an eternal purpose; and if salvation through faith In Christ—in whom He ‘purposed to sum up all things (Ephesians 1:10)—remained for long a hidden Mystery, it was not for the interval ineffectual
God - In the new ‘dispensation of the fulness of the times’ God has ‘made known unto us the Mystery of his will’ (Ephesians 1:9 f. , a passage where ‘mystery’ specially conveys the idea of a hidden thing revealed, rather than one kept secret)
Doctrine - Mystery is difficult to explain logically
Kingdom of God - He spoke also of the glad tidings of the kingdom (Luke 8:1 ) and of the Mystery of the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:9-10 )
Predestination - Colossians 1:26 speaks of this purpose as "the Mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but now is disclosed
Restore, Renew - It literally means "rebirth" and was used in both Greek (there is a reference in the Greek Mystery religions to being "born again/anew") and Jewish literature for the beginning of something new, especially renewal after some catastrophe
Spitting - (Hebrews 12:2)...
I do not presume to speak decidedly upon a subject so infinitely great, and wrapped up as it is in Mystery; but I confess that I am inclined to think that no small part of the glory of Christ's work in redemption consisted in the humiliation of the Son of God in the accomplishment of it
Church - (Ephesians 5:25-32) "This is a great Mystery, (saith the apostle,) but I speak concerning Christ and the church
Philosophy - The Gnostics thought to secure the triumph of their scheme by veiling its weaker points in Mystery, and by borrowing a part from almost every system
Kingdom - Thus the "kingdom" is said to be "in Mystery" now, Mark 4:11 , that is, it does not come within the range of the natural powers of observation, Luke 17:20 , but is spiritually discerned, John 3:3 (cp
Sacraments - Such general resemblances as their comparison with the Mystery rites has discovered may be sufficient to furnish what Farnell has called ‘adjacent anthropology’ with illustrations of certain laws in the evolution of religion from the human side. It is true, indeed, that, at a later date, recognized analogies led to a deliberate adaptation of the Mystery terminology; and the very name sacramentum, which seems to have been used of initiation into the third grade-the grade of miles-in the Mithraic cult, may itself have found entrance into the Church by this avenue (F. It is true also that, still later, there set in a marked tendency to imitate or compete with the accessories of Mystery ceremonial
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‘We are … face to face with the Mystery of the Divine personality, of which we are compelled to think as life capable of being moved to its utmost depths, without however being able to press this necessary idea, [10] to its logical conclusions’ (ib. In the latter passage the idea of the transference of the χρἱσμα may or may not have an affinity with Hellenistic Mystery-religion (R. The Johannine position, however, as to the ‘oneness’ of God and Jesus is clearly developed in the face of physical notions of union with deity, derived from the Hellenistic Mystery-religions (cf
Person of Christ - It was, as it were, a suggestive Mystery, as much a problem as a disclosure. Not only is the Father’s nature open to Jesus, without that sense of Mystery of which prophets and saints have always been conscious, not only is the knowledge which Jesus has of God complete, final, and unattainable by others except as mediated through Him; but in like manner Jesus’ nature is open to the Father, and to Him alone. On the contrary, even in the first three Gospels the Person of Jesus has factors of Mystery in it which lead the mind towards the Apostolic doctrine of His transcendent relation to God. To ethical psychology it remains an undecipherable Mystery
Elect, Election - There is an inexplicable Mystery in this. This, to Paul, was perhaps the ultimate Mystery: One man's fall (Adam) meant the redemption of many and one nation's sin (Israel) meant the inclusion of all
Apostle - But the "mystery" was revealed to all alike (Matthew 10:27)
Exodus - An air of Mystery surrounds this event as all miraculous events
Zephyrinus - The former was the product of emotional enthusiasm, the latter of intellectual speculation grounded on the difficulty of comprehending the Mystery of the Godhead in Christ
Grace - Paul and the Mystery-Religions,’ III. The letters are not so much doctrinal systems as a sort of journal intime of soaring, searching spirits: autobiographies of spirit, ‘confessions’ of what the writers saw and heard and knew of ‘the Mystery of Christ
Philippians, Epistle to - Human thought has made few nobler flights into the Mystery of redemption than Philippians 2:6-11 , but it is used to exalt the homely duty of sacrifice in the ministry of fellowship. Like 2 Corinthians 8:9 , the dynamic of the truth lies not in an intellectual interpretation of the Mystery of Christ’s personality, for little is told further than that He was in His nature essentially Divine, and enjoyed the prerogatives of Divinity; but it lies in the fact that St
Eternal Everlasting - The χρόνοι αἰώνιοι of Romans 16:25 are the ages during which the Mystery of the gospel was kept secret, in contrast with the age of its revelation, Those χρόνοι αἰώνιοι, moreover, are not to be thought of as stretching backwards everlastingly, as is proved by the πρὸ χρόνων αἰωνίων of 2 Timothy 1:9, Titus 1:2
Fear - There is a Mystery in divine holiness that causes individuals to become overwhelmed with a sense of awe and fear
Hutchinsonians - The Hutchinsonians maintain that the great Mystery of the trinity is conveyed to our understandings by ideas of sense; and that the created substance of the air, or heaven, in its three-fold agency of fire, light, and spirit, is the enigma of the one essence or one Jehovah in three persons
Number - The seven times of Israel's punishment (Leviticus 26:18; Leviticus 26:21-24) are the times of the Gentile monarchies; the seven times of antichrist's tyranny in the Holy Land will be the recapitulation and open consummation of what is as yet "the Mystery of iniquity
Ephesians, Epistle to - the idea of the riches ( 1 Corinthians 1:5 ) and the Mystery ( 1 Corinthians 2:7-10 ) of the gospel, the work of the Spirit 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 , 1 Corinthians 12:4 ff
Esther, Book of - But the connexion between the feast and its name is not clear; indeed, it must be confessed that the Mystery attaching to the name Purim has not yet been unravelled
Judaizing - -With all the Mystery which surrounds the identity of the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews and the community to which it was addressed, it is clear that the whole argument is directed against the Judaizers
Hand - , is obsolete as, "to buy at a dear hand " "accept the Mystery, but at no hand wrest it by pride or ignorance
Matthew, Gospel by - The parables had dealt with the kingdom in Mystery , but some who stood there should at once have a glimpse of the kingdom in glory, which was vouchsafed to them in seeing Jesus transfigured before them on the mount
Influence - It must be remembered that the disciples were, during His lifetime, feeling their way towards the Mystery of His Person. But whatever may be the Mystery of the union of the Holy Spirit with Christ, it is certain that He laid stress on this Power as being that which would be the source of the influence His disciples should exercise
Justice (2) - Maeterlinck may be right in saying that nature knows nothing of justice; but in that case we should have to believe with him that neither can nature be regarded as the creation of a Being in whom ethical attributes are supreme (Maeterlinck, Buried Temple, Essay on the ‘Mystery of Justice’). ]'>[2] ; Seth, Ethical Principles; Maeterlinck, Essay on the ‘Mystery of Justice’ in his Buried Temple [4]
Holy Spirit - The intense desire to clothe the knowledge of God in clear and pregnant words never tempted them to seek to solve the Mystery that veils the creative operations of God. John, in intentionally placing near the beginning of his Gospel Christ’s reference to birth from the Spirit as an insoluble Mystery (John 3:8), is but adhering to a principle which the apostles in their teaching never departed from
Begetting - To him it was a Divine Mystery which none could penetrate. The relation of the Son to the Father, His Divine setting apart for the accomplishment of the Father’s will, the absolute oneness of Father and Son in respect of will and of work, and the Mystery of Christ’s miraculous entrance into the world, being conceived by the power of the Divine Spirit, are, throughout the Gospel of John, treated as analogues of the regeneration which must be wrought out in the heart and life of all who would enter the Kingdom of God
Grace - Paul and the Mystery-Religions,’ III. The letters are not so much doctrinal systems as a sort of journal intime of soaring, searching spirits: autobiographies of spirit, ‘confessions’ of what the writers saw and heard and knew of ‘the Mystery of Christ. Paul and the Mystery-Religions,’ III
Church Government - He too sustained the Church, and shared with him ( Ephesians 2:20 ; Ephesians 3:5 ) the revelation of the Mystery
Cherub (1) - The placing of the man-like Cherub on the inheritance once man's suggested the truth that man and the creatures involved in his fall have still by some gracious Mystery, of which the Cherubim are the pledge, an interest in Eden
Macedonia - On the island of Samothrace two Cabiri were worshiped in a famous Mystery cult together with a Thracian mother goddess
Thessalonians, Epistles to the - The Mystery of lawlessness was already at work, but its full development was hindered, doubtless by the existing order of government and the presence of the Holy Spirit as a divine Person on the earth
Evil - What he was concerned with was man’s sense of the Mystery and dread of the desolation of death, man’s looking for judgment after death
Election - Paul calls "the fellowship of the Mystery" was fully explained, chiefly by the glorious ministry of that Apostle himself, were called into that church relation and visible acknowledgment as the people of God, which the Jews had formerly enjoyed, and that with even a higher degree of glory, in proportion to the superior spirituality of the new dispensation
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This section is interrupted by a passage (Ephesians 1:2-13) in which the writer dwells upon his own position as the ‘chosen vessel’ through whom this Mystery of the Church was to be preached to the Gentiles. Peter and Cornelius), and he, and not they, had been called to proclaim the Mystery of the Church to the Gentiles (Ephesians 3:8)
Time - Thus, "now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2 ); now is the appointed season to declare this divine Mystery hidden from ages past (Colossians 1:26 ; Titus 1:3 )
Confess, Confession - First Timothy 3:16, introduced by the words "Great indeed, we confess, is the Mystery of our religion" (RSV), may be just such an early confession; and scholars have suggested that other such early confessions or creeds may be found in texts such as Romans 1:3-4 , Colossians 1:15-20 , and Philippians 2:6-11
Ark of the Covenant - Pagan nations too had their mystic arks (whence arcanum is the term for a Mystery), but so distinct in use from the Mosaic that the differences are more prominent than the resemblances
John, the Gospel of - Parts of the Gospel are remarkably parallel to the synoptic accounts, but the distinctive elements should not be overlooked as one ponders its Mystery and message
Blood - The meaning of Christ's death is a great Mystery
Scripture - -The peculiar quality of the Scriptures is indicated by the three defining adjectives, ἅγιαι, ἰεραί, and προφητικαί, the notions of ‘holiness’ and ‘sacredness’ bringing the Books into direct relationship with God, and that of ‘prophecy’ leading forward to the revelation of the Mystery of God in Christ
Bible, Hermeneutics - Apocalyptic literature employs vivid symbols and fanciful images to convey some message or Mystery or prophecy in a veiled, highly imaginative way
Bread - Thus the most familiar article of food, so constantly in the hands of all, both rich and poor, and used alike by the evil and the good, had in it an element of Mystery and nobility as having been touched by the unseen Giver of all good
Colossians - Some see the teachings of a Mystery religion here
Possession - Psychical research, too, points to a large spiritual population of the world, and all the naturalistic explanations so far suggested have failed to solve the Mystery
Pity - While the Mystery of pain is not revealed, the message of the Saviour’s agony is declared to be the proof to mankind of His and His Father’s love
Basilides, Gnostic Sect Founder - Paul's "mystery of the Gospel. Till Moses then from Adam sin reigned as it is written; for the Great Archon reigned he whose end reaches to the firmament supposing himself to be God alone and to have nothing above him for all things remained guarded in secret silence; this is the Mystery which was not made known to the former generations. ...
It remained only that the formlessness of our own region should be enlightened and that the hidden Mystery should be revealed to the third sonship left behind in the formlessness as to "one born out of due time" (οἱονεὶ ἐκτρώματι 1Co_15:8)
Sin - Sin is a riddle, a Mystery, a reality that eludes definition and comprehension. Here we approach the Mystery of sin
Miracles (2) - —A wholesome feature of modern conceptions of the Being of God is their sense of Mystery. ‘In Mystery the soul abides,’ not only the Divine but even the human soul
Assumption of Moses - Romans 16:25-26 ‘… the preaching of Jesus Christ … the revelation of the Mystery which hath been kept in silence through times eternal, but now is manifested … unto all the nations unto obedience of faith. ’ In Ephesians 1:9-10 the Mystery of God’s will, ‘according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in him,’ is not Israel but Christ as the goal of all creation
Adam - And Moses begins his priceless contribution to that revelation by telling us what, without him, would have remained a dreadful Mystery to us-that is to say, he tells us how man was made upright, and how he fell from that estate wherein he was created by sinning against God. And thus it is that he dips his pen in such an inkhorn of tears, and describes to us with such sympathy, and in such sad words, that aboriginal Mystery of iniquity-the temptation, the fall, and the expulsion of Adam from Eden
Names of God - ” (Genesis 1:26 ) This name suggests that there is a Mystery to the Creator-God which humankind cannot fully fathom
Corinthians, Epistles to the - A Mystery is revealed as to the dead being raised and the living being changed at the coming of Christ
Paul's Visit to Jerusalem to See Peter - Nowhere, at any rate, in the whole world, could that miraculous and Mystery-laden woman have found such another heart as Paul's into which to pour out all that had been for so long sealed up in her hidden heart
Corinthians, First And Second, Theology of - The wisdom of God was understood by Jewish apocalyptic writers to be the manifestation of the divine plan to holy men of God and, as such, was related to the idea of "mystery. Similarly for Paul, Christians, because they possess the Spirit, share in God's wisdom and understand the divine Mystery of the ages (cf
Consciousness - They contain four great assertions about our Lord and His work: (1) His universal authority; (2) the Mystery of His person, known in its fulness to the Father only; (3) the unique relation of the Son to the Father, as involved in the Son’s perfect knowledge of the Father; (4) the knowledge of the Father, so far as it is possible to man, is to be had only through the Son. Here are evident all the elements already noted as peculiar to our Lord’s thought about Himself and His mission: His unique Sonship, His sinlessness, His Messiahship, His universal authority, the Mystery of His relation to the Father
King, Christ as - The kingdom remained a Mystery, hidden from the understanding of the disciples
the Woman With the Issue of Blood - Now, why was it, did you ever think, that when our Lord healed so thoroughly this woman's sick body, He did not in an equally immediate, and in an equally thorough way, heal her far more sick soul? Why did He stop short at her blood? Why did He not work a far better cure on her sin? Was it because she was not sick of sin? Was it because she had not come, with all those twelve years, to know the plague of her own heart? Or was it because He did not come the first time to this world with a full salvation? Or was it, and is it, because sin is such a Mystery of iniquity that it takes not only both His first and His second comings to heal our souls of sin; but long time, and great labour, and great pain, and great faith, and great prayer on our part also, before even His Divine power can perform and pronounce a perfect cure? Yes, that is it
Timothy, Epistles to - Confessedly the Mystery of piety is great
Gnostics - The genius and very soul of Gnosticism was Mystery: its end and object was to purify its followers from the corruptions of matter, and to raise them to a higher scale of being, suited only to those who were become perfect by knowledge
Propitiation - " But when we look at the future state of the wicked as represented in Scripture, though it is expressed generally, and surrounded with the Mystery of a place, and a condition of being, unknown to us in the present state, all evils which history has crowded into the lot of man appear insignificant in comparison of banishment from God, separation from good men, public condemnation, torment, of spirit, "weeping, wailing, and gnashing, of teeth," "everlasting destruction," "everlasting fire
Nathanael - 4; Phillips Brooks, Mystery of Iniquity, 129; A
Turning - But that heavenly Mystery had its human counterpart, that miracle of grace its moral coefficient; for the Prodigal had turned away from the swine-trough, ‘and he arose and came to his father. And in those days there comes to every young soul that has been well nurtured a new feeling of the beauty and Mystery of life, and a fresh sense also of the possibilities that life offers of good as well as of evil
Ascension (2) - It partakes in all the Mystery that hangs over the world of spirits in general, as well as in that pertaining specially to the borderland of that world, the region where thought and matter meet. The belief enshrines in simple and reticent phrase the reception by the disciples of a new fact of His Person, which brings new light and adds new Mystery, yet for which they had been prepared
Abram - The place, the same ridge of hills on which our Lord was crucified; the person, an only son, to die for no offence of his own; the sacrificer, a father; the receiving back, as it were, from death to life; the name impressed upon the place, importing, "the Lord will provide," in allusion to Abraham's own words to Isaac, "the Lord will provide a lamb for a burnt-offering;" all indicate a Mystery which lay deep beneath this transaction, and which Abraham, as the reward of his obedience, was permitted to behold. He must therefore have been fully assured of the divine command; and he left the Mystery to be explained by God himself
Revelation of God - Mystery remains even in God's self-revelation
Angel - Lockyer, The Mystery and Ministry of Angels ; A
Ishmael - The Mystery that men of guileless simplicity fall victims to murderous treachery is one of many proofs that there is an enemy disordering the present world course
Illustrations - When Jesus looked on Nature and the universal order of man’s life, something great shone through—a Divine and beautiful Mystery
Upper Room (2) - There also the first Mystery was consecrated for the disciples
Mark, the Gospel of - The messianic secret is part of the Mystery of the kingdom of God, understood only by insiders—”to them that are without all these things are done in parables” (Mark 4:11 ,Mark 4:11,4:33-34 )
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Salvation is described as the Mystery of God that is now revealed (Ephesians 3:9 ; 6:19 ), a plan conceived before the foundations of the world (1618837806_2 ), a light for revelation to the Gentiles (Luke 2:30-32 ), a transition from death to life (John 5:24 ), a message especially for sinners (Mark 2:17 ), a gift of grace through faith not of works (Ephesians 2:8-9 ), that for which the whole creation groans (Romans 8:22 ), the revelation of God's righteousness to faith and for faith (Romans 1:16-17 ), the justification that comes through faith (Romans 4:22-25 ), reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-19 ), and redemption (Romans 8:23 )
Lord's Supper, the - eucharistein/eulogein) and the Eucharistic Assembly (synaxis); from its Jewish-Christian origins, it is the Breaking of Bread and the Memorial of the Lord's passion and resurrection; in patristic development, it is the Holy Sacrifice because it mysteriously makes present the one, unique sacrifice of Christ and includes the church's offering; also it is the Holy and Divine Liturgy because the whole worship of the church finds its center in the celebration of this Sacred Mystery
Greece - The only native gods of Greece who could hold their own against foreign rivals were the Mystery-deities, Dionysus and Hecate
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(c) By Christ as Mediator the Divine glory is communicated, not only to believers, but to every agency by which He acts: the Spirit (1 Peter 4:14, Ephesians 3:16), the gospel (2 Corinthians 4:4, 1 Timothy 1:11), the ‘mystery’-God’s long-hidden secret, now revealed, the eternal salvation of men by Christ (Colossians 1:27)
Elijah - There is a Mystery and an unearthliness about Elijah that is all his own
Calling - The Apostle is speaking of a purpose of God, which was kept secret till revealed by the Christian system; and, from various other parallel passages, we learn that this secret, this "mystery," as he often calls it, was the union of the Jews and Gentiles in "one body," or church, by faith
Sinlessness - Not only will they bear pondering, but they will reward it; for if they do not cause the student to stumble, they will have the opposite effect of leading him further into the Mystery of the Person of Christ. It is well known what came, through the illumination of the Resurrection and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, to be the Apostolic solution of this Mystery
Church - Christianity was at once a mirror and a ‘mystery’; it reflected life so clearly and it suggested something much higher. ...
When the proconsul Saturninus said to the Scillitan Martyrs, ‘we also are religious people, and our religion is simple,’ one of the Christians, replied, ‘If you will grant me a quiet hearing, I will tell you the Mystery of simplicity’ (Acts of the Scillitan Martyrs Eusebius (60), Bishop of Nicomedia - 272) admits their consistency in one thing, "their hatred of the sacred Mystery. " He thinks that this Mystery, "like a spectre, was haunting the field and disturbing the complacency of their intellectual investigations
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The Mystery of Jesus' person emerged in pronouncements of this kind, but Jesus seemed not to want the question of His identity raised prematurely
Scripture - "They open to us the Mystery of the creation; the nature of God, angels, and man; the immortality of the soul; the end for which we were made; the origin and connexion of moral and natural evil; the vanity of this world, and the glory of the next
Rome And the Roman Empire - Mystery religions such as Mithraism, and the worship of Cybele and Isis were abundant
Life - The Mystery of life abides, but it is not in the least likely that any results of scientific investigation will ever really conflict with this position
Gods And Goddesses, Pagan - Finegan, Myth and Mystery ; A
Tabernacle - But the altar raises its own questions: How can a bull or a sheep or a goat die in the place of a person who has been made just a little lower than God himself (Micah 6:6-8 )? For the Old Testament believer, the solution to this enigma was, in many ways, a Mystery
the Children of Capernaum Playing at Marriages And Funerals in the Market-Place - An evil will is the true Mystery of iniquity, till the whole world is one huge marketplace of Capernaum, and all owing to your evil will and mine
Paul in Arabia - So much so, that as soon as he finds the place at the very first verse of Genesis, he immediately goes off at the word, and exclaims, till the Arabs all around listen to his rapture,-the Mystery! he exclaims, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ
Disciple (2) - It was that to them might be given ‘the Mystery of the kingdom of God’ (Mark 4:11)
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Great is the Mystery of godliness: God manifest in the flesh
Prosper, Saint, a Native of Aquitaine - Why all men are not saved is a Mystery of God's, not explicable by, human understanding, and of which we may be thankful to be ignorant ( Ep
Christ in the Middle Ages - ’ Yet he did not at once grasp the Mystery of the Incarnation, and he failed for a time to attain to anything higher than Adoptianism. And by the Mystery of His humanity He perennially offers sacrifice, because these faults also which He cleanses away are eternal’ (Moral
Eutyches And Eutychianism - After declaring the sufficiency of the wise and saving creed" of Nicaea and Constantinople, inasmuch as that creed taught "completely the perfect doctrine concerning the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and fully explained the Incarnation of the Lord to those who received it faithfully," it goes on to admit that some "dare to corrupt the Mystery of the Lord's Incarnation, others ( i. For it is directed against those who attempt to rend the Mystery of the Incarnation into a duad of Sons; it repels from the sacred congregation those who dare to say that the Divinity of the Only-begotten is capable of suffering; it is opposed to those who imagine a mixture or confusion of the two natures of Christ; it drives away those who fancy that the form of a servant which was taken by Him of us is of an heavenly or any other substance; and it condemns those who speak of two natures of the Lord before the union, and feign one after the union
Leo i, the Great - " "The divine Mystery of the Incarnation," he tells Theodoret,"has been restored to the age"; "it is the world's second festivity since the advent of the Lord" ( Ep. Thus the see of Rome is the centre of sacerdotal grace and of church authority; it represents Peter, "from whom, as from a head, the Lord wills that His gifts should flow out into the whole body, so that he should know he has no share in the divine Mystery who has dared to retire from the solid foundation of Peter" ( Ep
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Temple theology shows a high degree of theological sophisticationholding ambivalent attitudes/doctrines in tension, part of the Mystery of faith, of paradox
Love - For the very reason that it springs spontaneously from God without objective motivation, this Divine love is a Mystery ‘passing knowledge’ (Ephesians 3:19)
Insight - Only the Triune God is the Revealer of the spiritual Mystery
Essenes - … Nor is there ever any clamour Or disturbance … which silence appears to outsiders as some tremendous Mystery’ (Bellum Judaicum (Josephus) ii
Commission - The Mystery of Christ’s name Ἐμμανουήλ—God with us, is here fulfilled—I in the fullest sense, as if He, the risen, exalted, all-powerful head of the Church, ‘stretched out His hand from heaven’ (Calvin)
the Man Who Cast Seed Into the Round And it Grew up he Knew Not How - Enough, if, when we are no longer here to enjoy such masterpieces with them, they are by that time discovering the hid treasure, say, of Rutherford's Letters, and Guthrie's Saving Interest, and Baxter's Saint's Rest, and Marshall's Gospel Mystery, and William Law's immortal treatises, and are winding up every night with Bishop Andrewes's Private Devotions
Agony - The words of darkness and desolation on the Cross, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ (Matthew 27:46), must be our clue to the Mystery of this experience
Dionysius, Pseudo-Areopagita - § 3) Dionysius had spoken of ἀπόφασις as a surer way of penetrating the divine Mystery than κατάφασις , and now enforces the same truth by an illustration which, if not taken directly from Plotinus, presents a striking parallel to one used by him—that of the sculptor, who, striving to fashion a beautiful statue, chips away the outer marble, and removes what was in fact an obstruction to his own ideal (Myst
Roman Catholics - That marriage is a sacrament, they think evident from Ephesians 5:32 : "This is a great Mystery," representing the mystical union of Christ and his church
Plan - Did Jesus enter on His ministry with a deliberate plan?—If so, what was its nature, and how far was it subsequently modified by the pressure of events? These questions, of the first importance for a right understanding of the Gospel story, are doubly complicated by the insufficiency of our records and by the Mystery in which our Lord’s self-consciousness is shrouded
Inspiration - They rest the truth of the Holy Spirit's outpouring, Christ's resurrection, and the Mystery of the admission of the Gentiles to be fellow heirs in the gospel, on the Old Testament as infallible (Acts 2:16; Acts 2:25-33; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 16:26)
Solomon - The extent of their voyages is a Mystery, the situation of both Ophir and Tarshish being unknown
Evangelize, Evangelism - It is making plain "the administration of this Mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God" (Ephesians 3:9 ; 6:19 ; Romans 16:26 )
Ephesians, Theology of - " Further, the Mystery in 1:9, which Paul says was made known to "us" (Jews), is identified in 3:3-5 as a revelation to God's people (Jews), that the Gentiles were to be fellow participants in God's eternal purpose
Sacrifices - There was no festive garland placed on the victim, to make believe that it went willingly; but it must be without blemish, partly because only the best should be given to God, and partly, it may be, because the Mystery of death is greater in the case of a perfectly healthful life
Entry Into Jerusalem - ]'>[10] ; Farrar, Life of Christ; Edersheim, Life and Times; Hitchcock, Mystery of the Cross; artt
Humiliation of Christ - In other words, assuming and accepting the pre-existence of Jesus Christ, Mystery though it be, it is easier to understand His unique earthly history, His character, His consciousness, His revelations, His work, His actual effects on the world and on men, both in the past and at the present, than it would be without that assumption
Saul - And the more we work on Saul under that great preacher and after him, the more we feel the obscurity and the Mystery of Saul's dark character
Jesuits - It was a fundamental maxim with the Jesuits, from their first institution, not to publish the rules of their order: these they kept concealed as an impenetrable Mystery
Amen (2) - This, therefore, the faithful respond at the consecration of so great a Mystery, as also in every prayer duly said, and by responding declare assent
Heman - Look yet closer and yet deeper into yourself for the bottom of this dark Mystery
Demoniac - We may conclude, from the argument on both sides of the question, that the only reason which can be urged for departing from the obvious sense of Scripture is, that cases of possession involve a philosophical Mystery
Word - John the evangelist, more expressly than any other, has opened to us the Mystery of the Word of God, when he tells us, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God
Nazirite - Why he should have his head shorn in Cenchreae when in a few weeks he would be in Jerusalem is a Mystery, if his was a Nazirite vow
Pentateuch - At times we must sacrifice our need for security in certainty to God's nature as sovereign Mystery
Predestination - ‘The doctrine of this high Mystery of predestination,’ says the Westminster Confession (ch
Nazirite - Why he should have his head shorn in Cenchreae when in a few weeks he would be in Jerusalem is a Mystery, if his was a Nazirite vow
Nature And Natural Phenomena - We have references to the march of the seasons (Matthew 24:32, Mark 13:28); to the orderly stages of growth (Mark 4:28); to the varying response of various kinds of soil (Mark 4:4-8); to the Mystery of development (Mark 4:27; Mark 4:31); to the habits and dispositions of animals (Matthew 10:16, Luke 9:58; Luke 13:34; Luke 17:37, John 10:3-5; John 10:12, cf
Presence (2) - Young, Crimson Book, 237; Phillips Brooks, Mystery of Iniquity, 277
Pseudo-Chrysostomus - where the writer speaks (19, 93) of "offering the sacrifice of bread and wine," he is made to say "the sacrifice of Christ's body and blood"; and a passage is cut out altogether where he argues that if it be dangerous to transfer to private uses the consecrated vessels "which contain not the Lord's real body, but the Mystery of His body," how much more to profane the vessels of our own body which God has prepared for His dwelling-place
Time - It so far transcends thought that it impresses the mind with the Mystery of the whole notion of time
Abortion - The Mystery is not solved by appealing to condemnations of sorcery (pharmakeia Galatians 5:20 ; Revelation 9:21 ; 18:23 ; 21:8 ; 22:15 ); this evidence is neither clear nor convincing
Immorality, Sexual - In a process cloaked in Mystery, God takes an aspect (Heb
Revelation, Theology of - Elsewhere we find the term "mystery" to designate symbols (1:20; 17:5,7), use of allegory (pneumatikos [11:8), invitations to the reader to apply "wisdom" (13:18; 17:9), and specific, interpretative comments, all of which bring out figurative meanings (1:20; 4:5; 5:6,8; 7:13-14; 11:3-4; 14:3-4; 16:13-14; 17:9,10, 11,12, 15,18; 19:8; 20:4-5,14)
Solomon - If Solomon actually, and all of himself, made and offered that wonderful prayer, then when we think of it, he is more a Mystery of perdition to us than ever
Inspiration - Paul says, that he received the Gospel by revelation; that 'by revelation the Mystery was made known to him, which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it was then revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit' and in another place, having observed that 'eye had not seen, nor ear heard, neither had entered into the heart of man the things which God had prepared for them that love him, ' he adds, "But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit, " Rev
Alpha And Omega (2) - ’ This is ‘the Mystery which from all ages hath been hid in God who created all things … according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus
Letters - Originally, as we have seen, they had been the common, nay, the sole mode of writing, employed by the nation at large, in all the transactions of life, and through the policy of King Thamus, the alphabetical letters were kept secret: but, as soon as this discovery became known, the contrary happened; alphabetical writing became common, and hieroglyphics mysterious, not because they were purposely hidden in Mystery, but simply because they required greater application and greater trouble
Transubstantiation - But we say that this is done in a spiritual manner; nor do we hereby substitute in place of the effect and truth an idle fancy and conceit of our own; but rather, because this Mystery of our union with Christ is so high a thing that it surmounteth all our senses, yea and the whole order of nature, and in short, because it is celestial, it cannot be comprehended but by faith
Christ, Christology - The most relevant title in this religious milieu was “Lord,” a title used of gods and goddesses in the Mystery religions which were partly oriental, partly Greco-Roman
Paul - Again he insisted that by revelation (Ephesians 3:3 ) he knew the Mystery of Christ which is simply that the gospel is for the Gentiles without any restrictions (Ephesians 3:6-9 )
Manicheans - ; Lyde's Asian Mystery , and Layard's Nineveh , c
Preaching - The philosophic teacher might capture the intellect, the Mystery-monger might stir superstitious hopes and fears, but ‘the first Christian preachers testified that they had found salvation through faith in the Gospel of the Cross as they presented it
Timothy And Titus Epistles to - This truth is a great Mystery revealed in a Person only to those who lead godly lives, and is summed up in the words of a Christian hymn setting forth the gospel of the Incarnation
Thessalonians Epistles to the - Do they not remember the Apostle’s teaching? A Mystery of lawlessness is at work in the world, but as yet it is kept in check
Ideal - Paul, who brooded much over this Mystery of Christ as it had been revealed to him in a profound personal experience, the secret of spiritual life and growth presented itself as an unfolding of the Christ-nature implanted by the agency of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s soul
Unity (2) - It is ‘the Mystery of Christ’ that the Gentiles should be of the same body with Israel (Ephesians 3:6)
Universalism (2) - So, longing with full hearts for a universal restitution of lost souls, we must leave this theme of Mystery and terror upon the steps of the Redeemer’s throne of grace
Miracles - Agnosticism , which regards the ultimate reality as an inscrutable Mystery, is under no logical compulsion to deny the possibility of miracles; Huxley, for instance, pronounces such denial unjustifiable
Election - Paul deals with the Mystery of the call of the Gentiles to take the place of gainsaying and disobedient Israel
Guilt (2) - Elsewhere death is spoken of as incurred by the personal guilt of each individual, and the statement of the Apocalypse of Baruch (54:15, 19), that ‘each of us is the Adam of his own soul,’ looks like an attempt to express a Mystery which alone can reconcile these divergent views
Dependence - The time when the foreordained ‘mystery of God’ (1 Corinthians 2:1, cf
Christian Life - * Parable - In Psalms 49:4 ; Psalms 78:2 ‘parable’ is coupled with ‘ dark saying ’ and implies something of Mystery; cf
Organization (2) - The sea might be full of fish, but fishers were needful (Luke 5:10); the fields were ripe unto harvest, but labourers must be found for the reaping (Matthew 9:37, Luke 10:2); the broadest community will need the power of exercising discipline, even to the extent of excommunicating if that will make the wrong-doer feel the distance between his present and his best self (Matthew 18:17); the tree must have visible form if it is to shelter men in its branches (Matthew 13:32, Luke 13:19), though its vital force may be a hidden Mystery, permeating, as it does, the whole body, as the leaven does the bread (Matthew 13:33, Luke 13:21)
Parable - It may be doubted whether existing evidence proves that the notion of Mystery belonged so exclusively to this later period
Philo - , the notion of Mystery (i
Teaching - Paul calls elsewhere ‘the Mystery of God’ (1 Corinthians 2:1)
Union With Christ - In fact, the message of "Christ in you" is the revelation of God's "mystery" and the "hope of glory" for believers (Colossians 1:27 )
Life - Since Jesus in His own Person is the Life, it can be given only through an actual incorporation of His ‘flesh and blood,’ and this is offered in the Mystery of the Eucharist
Sin (2) - And the Apocalypse unfolds the Mystery of iniquity in language fully accordant with the view of sin implied in the Gospel
Conscience - According to the NT writers the conscience must be set free by being delivered from the sense of guilt through the atoning power of Christ’s sacrifice (Hebrews 9:14; Hebrews 10:22); it must learn its close dependence upon the Mystery of faith (1 Timothy 3:9; cf
Fall (2) - Born into the world in the line of human descent, sharing human nature otherwise in its fulness, how was Jesus alone unaffected by the common heritage of sin?...
The full answer to this question lies hidden in the Mystery of the Incarnation; but an indication of the line in which the solution lies is given in the great fact of the Virgin Birth of our lord
Jesus Christ - How this union exists is above our comprehension; and, indeed, if we cannot explain how our own bodies and souls are united, it is not to be supposed we can explain this astonishing Mystery of God manifest in the flesh
Prayer - And when many or few devout individuals become thus the instruments of good to communities, or to whole nations, there is no greater Mystery in this than in the obvious fact, that the happiness or misery of large masses of mankind is often greatly affected by the wisdom or the errors, the skill or the incompetence, the good or the bad conduct, of a few persons, and often of one
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The divergence of the Antiochene and Alexandrian schools of thought in their way of regarding the Mystery of the Incarnation lay at the root of this controversy about the term, and it was brought into open manifestation by the publication of Cyril's twelve "anathematisms" on the teaching of Nestorius
Propitiation - It may, therefore, be the best approach to the sanctuary of the unfathomable Mystery of God’s redeeming work to suggest that strictly He did not propitiate Himself
Create, Creation - The Mystery of ultimate origins is addressed by subsequent revelation that acknowledges that absolutely everything, even the primeval deep, must have its origin in God ( Nehemiah 9:6 ; Genesis 1:1-2 ; Proverbs 8:22-31 ; 2 Maccabees 7:28 ; Hebrews 11:3 )
Wisdom - … He began with the Mystery of redemption
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Though many suppose that the main purpose of the Book of Job is to explain the Mystery of the suffering of the righteous, it does not provide a definitive answer to this matter (and neither do the Lord's speeches address it directly); therefore, it must not be the main issue
Inspiration - But a consideration of the passage makes it apparent that what he means is that he had arrived at the conclusion that his style of address should be in keeping with his subject, and that ‘the Mystery of God’ did not require the garnishing of meretricious ornament or anything which the world might esteem as ‘excellency of wisdom,’ but such simplicity and directness as the Holy Spirit prompted
Preaching - They called the appointment ordination; and at last attached I know not what ideas of Mystery and influence to the word, and of dominion to the bishop who pronounced it
Birth of Christ - While Zacharias receives the celestial promise of the birth of a son, while he himself hymns the opening of the Messianic era and the destiny of John, Joseph plays not the smallest part in the Mystery of Jesus
Esther - How almighty God should have let so many devils loose in one devil-possessed man is another Mystery of His power, and wisdom, and judgment, and love
Inspiration And Revelation - -We cannot do better than begin our discussion of inspiration with this passage, which must be given in full: ‘We speak God’s wisdom in a Mystery, even the wisdom that hath been hidden, which God foreordained before the worlds unto our glory: which none of the rulers of this world knoweth: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory: but as it is written, Things which eye saw not, and ear heard not, And which entered not into the heart of man, Whatsoever things God prepared for them that love him
Teaching of Jesus - , What sort of ‘knowledge’ did Jesus Himself offer to men, and how is it related to human knowledge in general and to man’s religious consciousness as such? Some suggestions towards a true answer may be gained from a study of the terms found in our Gospels as used in this connexion, such as ‘know,’ ‘knowledge,’ ‘teach,’ ‘teaching,’ ‘teacher,’ ‘mystery,’ in the light of their originals, Aramaic and Greek
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Evil's origin is shrouded in considerable (not utter) Mystery, but it was personified in a serpentine figure of intelligence and beauty who beguiled both human inhabitants of Eden (chap
Religion (2) - For the Mystery of God is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3)
Son of God - Holtzmann, indeed, hesitates between such a decision and a suggestion of Brandt’s that it is a cento, put into the mouth of Jesus, of words borrowed partly from other Scripture and partly from the Apocrypha; but by Keim it has been reverentially interpreted, and scholarship has, on the whole, knelt before it as expressing the innermost Mystery of the consciousness of Jesus
Hellenism - The Greek notion of a Mystery-i
Gregorius Nyssenus, Bishop of Nyssa - —These are deservedly regarded as among the most important patristic contributions towards a true view of the Mystery of the Trinity, hardly, if at all, inferior to the writings of Basil
Faith - Deacons must hold the ‘mystery of the faith in a pure conscience’ (1 Timothy 3:9)
Barnabas, Epistle of - Moreover, he uses the Scriptures to explain the Mystery of the suffering of the Son of God
Apocalyptic Literature - It begins with the picture of the blessedness of the righteous in heaven (58); an account of the Mystery of lightning and thunder follows (59)
Apocalypse - The object of ἀποκάλυψις is, therefore, a Mystery (Romans 16:25)
Prophecy - John's expression, to that period "when the Mystery of God shall be perfected
Faith - Deacons must hold the ‘mystery of the faith in a pure conscience’ (1 Timothy 3:9)
Romans, Epistle to the - Paul cannot be satisfied till he has grasped the love of God, which he feels must he at the heart of the Mystery
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He found the oldest manuscripts of Jerome's Vulgate differ widely from the Clementine, and agree both in the words and in their order (which Jerome preserved in his translated "because even the order of the words is a Mystery": Ep
Atonement - It was also the revealing light that brought meaning into the Mystery of His death
Revelation (2) - The ‘mystery of Christ,’ as he calls it, that the Gentiles are fellow-heirs of the gospel—this was ‘made known’ to him ‘by revelation’ (Ephesians 3:3)
Millenarians - Nor did he consider this event as merely probable, but as absolutely certain; for he shows that the present blindness and future conversion of that people is the Mystery or hidden sense of prophecies concerning them; and he cites two of these prophecies where the context foretels both their rejection and recovery, Isaiah 59:20-21 ; Isaiah 27:9
Passover - And why trouble, when even the fact that the Lord instituted some memorial observance for His disciples is itself open to question? Wilder extremists see in the Supper, not a simple memorial instituted naturally by Jesus and suggested by the circumstances of the time, but the influence of Mystery-religions and strange cults with their eating and drinking of a god
Monophysitism - " That was, and has remained, a Mystery which the human intellect has been unable to unravel
Poet - A spring of living water (John 4:10), the trackless Mystery of the night wind (John 3:8), salt shining white upon the offal heap where it had been thrown out as savourless (Luke 14:34-35), two sparrows sold for a farthing (Matthew 10:29), are wayside pictures which He has engraved on the imagination of the world
Prophet - John, where naturally we seek for light on the Mystery of His Person, as it is the Gospel of His self-manifestation, leads us to conclude otherwise
Gnosticism - Paul describes as a Mystery formerly kept secret but now revealed through his gospel is the admission of the Gentiles on equal terms with the Jews to the inheritance of the kingdom of Christ
John, Gospel of (ii. Contents) - The discourses of Christ have a sweet and melancholy charm, with an indescribable dignity and grandeur; over them all hangs the luminous haze of mysticism, in which Mystery seems clear, and clearness itself is mysterious
Enoch Book of - Enoch knows a Mystery from the heavenly tablets-the spirits of the righteous dead shall live and rejoice (ciii
Ambrosius of Milan - He praises his brother Satyrus for having tied a portion of the consecrated elements in a napkin round his neck when he was shipwrecked, and adds, that having found the benefit of "the heavenly Mystery" in this form, he was eager to receive it into his mouth—"quam majus putabat fusum in viscera, quod tantum sibi tectum orario profuisset!" (de Exc
Athanasius, Archbishop of Alexandria - 19) if their legitimate sense could have been bonâ fide admitted; although too he was far from imagining that any form or expression of human thought would adequately represent a Divine Mystery; yet his convictions went thoroughly with the adoption of the term "Homoousion" or "co-essential," explained, as it was, in a sense which made it simply equivalent to "truly Son of God," and proposed as a test of adherence to the Scriptural Christology
Character of Christ - It might be suggested, indeed, that the complete normality of His growth may have been imperilled by communications made to Him by His mother regarding the Mystery of His birth or the greatness of His vocation
Christ in the Early Church - With all its Mystery, the Catholic faith of Nicaea and Chalcedon was felt by the common Christian conscience alone to satisfy all the different sides of truth as they are contained in Scripture, and to do justice to all that Christians from the first had believed concerning their Master
Gregorius (14) Nazianzenus, Bishop of Sasima And of Constantinople - Did he see the white hair of the aged bishop, and think of his long, unblemished priesthood, whom, it may he, the very angels found worthy of homage (λατρείας ), and did not that move him?" "I adjure you by the name of Christ, by Christ's emptying Himself for us, by the sufferings of Him Who cannot suffer, by His cross, by the nails which have delivered me from sin, by His death and burial, resurrection and ascension; and lastly, by this common table where we sit together, and by these symbols of my salvation, which I consecrate with the same mouth that addresses to you this prayer—in the name, I say, of this sacred Mystery which lifts us up to heaven!" He concluded by praying "that the prefect may find for himself such a judge as he should be for them, and that all meet with merciful judgment here and hereafter" (Orat
Hosius (1), a Confessor Under Maximian - The true causes of these events are involved in Mystery, but Constantine is said to have become a prey to remorse
Clement of Alexandria - ); others give a more or less continuous exposition of some Mystery: e
Calvinism - And, indeed, for what reason are we so often brought back to that unfailing refuge of Calvin, "the presumption and wickedness of replying against God?" For if reprobation be a matter of human desert, it cannot be a Mystery; if it be adequate punishment for an adequate fault, there is no need to urge it upon us to bow with submission to an unexplained sovereignty
Jesus Christ - How this union exists, is above our comprehension; and, indeed, if we cannot explain how our bodies and souls are united, it is not to be supposed that we can comprehend the Mystery of "God manifest in the flesh
Odes of Solomon - Clement speaks of Christianity as a Mystery, and uses freely the language of the mysteries in the invitation to the heathen which is the peroration of his Protrepticus’ (H
Julianus, Flavius Claudius, Emperor - His characteristic dreaminess and love of Mystery found satisfaction in the secret cults to which men like Maximus were addicted—all the more zealously as public sacrifice was difficult or dangerous
Palestine - The terror of the desert Bedawîn and the barbaric splendours of these kingdoms both contributed a romantic element, which was enforced by the eternal Mystery of the desert, in which all things are seen in a strong light which magnifies their significance and fascinates the imagination
Theodorus, Bishop of Mopsuestia - he approached the Mystery of the Holy Trinity and the relation of the creature to the Divine Nature; in xv