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Their Dangers, Their Resources, Their Rewards

by Philip Mauro



Second Edition, 1989
176 pgs.
$7.95 USD (softcover only)
Philip Mauro

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.  more



  1. Introductory Remarks and Explanations
  2. "The Things Which We Have Heard"
  3. The Son: His Person, His Power, His Kingdom
  4. The Apostle and High Priest of our Confession
  5. The High Priest of our Confession
  6. The Provocation
  7. The Rest that Remaineth
  8. The Eternal Purpose of God in Christ
  9. The "Glory" to be Revealed in Us
  10. Judgment Beginning at the House of God
  11. An High Priest for ever after the Order of Melchisedec (Heb. 5--6)
  12. Two Kinds of Ground: That which receiveth Blessing from God, and that which is Rejected
  13. The Hope Set Before Us
  14. The Minister of the True Tabernacle
  15. Sinning Wilfully
  16. 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 standing therein.

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."



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