Second Edition, 1989
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As far as twentieth century
Christian figures are concerned, Philip Mauro stands out as one of the
most captivating. After coming to a saving knowledge of the Lord
in 1903, at the age of forty five, Mauro, a member of the bar of the
Supreme Court of the United States and one of the foremost patent
lawyers of his day, began his "Testimony" of what was to him
the most important event in his life.
His repeated successes in
courts of law, coupled with his legal briefs, could not but gain
recognition, for they were "models of accuracy, conciseness, and
literary finish." As such, they were "frequently used
by judges in the text of their decisions." Perhaps one of
the most important occasions where his legal work was requisitioned
was in connection with the famous Tennessee-Scopes trial in 1925. The
brief or argument which Bryan used, and thereby won the case, was
prepared by Philip Mauro.
His early twentieth century was
a period of great expansion for many errors, such as Dispensationalism
and Anglo Israelism. Rising to the forefront of Christianity's
great struggle against these foes, he applied the preparation God had
given him, and scored great victories for sound doctrine. As a
result of his body of work, the following generations have been able
to pick up weapons at the spot where he fell and continue the struggle
for Truth, as it is to this day.
The very fact that a
materialistic, scientific lawyer of such high reputation as Mr. Mauro
had become such an earnest Christian and such an able advocate of
Christianity, both by his pen and public addresses, caused him to be
sought for increasingly as a speaker at Bible conferences and in
Christian circles generally.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
- Introductory Remarks and Explanations
- "The Things Which We Have Heard"
- The Son: His Person, His Power, His
- The Apostle and High Priest of our
- The High Priest of our Confession
- The Provocation
- The Rest that Remaineth
- The Eternal Purpose of God in Christ
- The "Glory" to be Revealed in Us
- Judgment Beginning at the House of God
- An High Priest for ever after the Order
of Melchisedec (Heb. 5--6)
- Two Kinds of Ground: That which
receiveth Blessing from God, and that which is Rejected
- The Hope Set Before Us
- The Minister of the True Tabernacle
- Sinning Wilfully
- Faith to the Saving of the Soul
This volume does not contain an exposition
of Hebrews. Its purpose is rather to carry out, so far as the Lord may
enable, the injunction to exhort one another daily, so long as it is
called "To-day." Another "Day" is soon
coming; indeed, we can clearly see it approaching. In that day it will
be too late to give heed to the exhortations found in this portion of
Godís Word, and to gain the recompense of the reward that depends upon
the heed given thereto.
The Epistle is addressed to
"Hebrews," and the individual most frequently and most
prominently mentioned in it is Abraham, who is specifically designated
"the Hebrew" (Gen. 14:13). Those acquainted with the Hebrew
tongue tell us that the word signifies one who passes over or
through. We may, therefore, regard a Hebrew as a
"passenger"; and certainly the message of the Epistle is for
those who are passengers in this age, who have here no continuing city,
but seek one in the age to come. The message is not for Israelites, who
have a place in the world and a mission to the nations thereof, but for Hebrews,
who are simply passing through the world, having no place or
The true Hebrew is one who has come out of
the country of his birth, leaving all its advantages and associations,
because he has heard and believed the report of a better country which
he has never seen; and he is now passing through the intervening
territory, not settling therein, and not mindful of the country whence
he came out, though having opportunity to return thither. Of such it
Is written that God is not ashamed to be called their God, and He
has prepared for them a city.
Abraham was pot an Israelite. Abel, Enoch,
Noah, Sarah, Isaac, Rahab were not Israelites. Moses was rather a Hebrew
than an Israelite, for he never had a place in the Land of Promise.
These were all true Hebrews, who had seen by faith the
far-off promises, and were persuaded of them, and confessed that they
were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
The Scriptures speak of many things that
God has prepared for them that love Himóthings which are in the nature
of rewards, not gifts, and are quite distinct from
remission of sins and eternal life. These latter are gifts bestowed
upon all who believe; but not all believers will obtain the rewards.
Great is the reward promised to those who
maintain the character of Hebrews "to the end"; and
correspondingly great is the loss that will be incurred by those who,
through neglect or unbelief, turn aside from the pilgrimís path. In
view of this, we would point out, as plainly as possible, the dangers to
which Godís pilgrims are exposed, and the provision that He, in
wondrous grace, has made to safeguard them from those dangers.
May it be the purpose of both writer and
readers to be "not slothful, but followers of them who, through faith
and patience, inherit the promises."