Excerpt from The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in the Original Greek, Vol. 2: With Introductions and Notes; St. Paul's Epistles; The General Epistles; The Book of Revelation, and Indexes
In the two Epistles to the Corinthians' he provides for its internal safety, by cementing it strongly with Christian Charity, and makes it to be like a City at unity with itself 5.
It was not till he had trained the Church by this preparatory discipline, that the holy Apostle ventured to speak fully of the great mystery Qf Godliness, the Incarnation of the Son of God, and of the means by which its blessings are dispensed to all the faithful members of the Mystical Body of Christ; and to dilate on the practical duties which result from the doctrine of the Incarnation, and of their incorporation in Him.
He has accomplished this blessed work in the two Epistles to the Ephesians and Colossians; in the former of which 6 he displays the doctrine of the Incarnation in its divine splendour; in the other he defends it from those who would mar and obscure it.
The Epistle to Philemon, written at the same time, is a practical application of the same doctrine of the Incarnation to the solution of a great social question, that of Slavery 7.
The Epistle to the Philippians completes St. Paul's labour of love to the Gentile Churches 3.
In the Epistle to the Hebrews he performs a similar Office to his Own kindred 9. Both of these Epistles are built as a superstructure on the doctrine of the Divinity of Christ, and of His Incarnation.
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