Excerpt: ...of Christ, to St. Paul's mind, are no doubt not men, but the hosts of Satan reduced to impotence. The exalted Christ, then, is the source of all gifts in His Church, and He bestows on men various endowments in such a way as to maintain among them a necessary relation. 'No member of the body of Christ is endued with such perfection as ...Read MoreExcerpt: ...of Christ, to St. Paul's mind, are no doubt not men, but the hosts of Satan reduced to impotence. The exalted Christ, then, is the source of all gifts in His Church, and He bestows on men various endowments in such a way as to maintain among them a necessary relation. 'No member of the body of Christ is endued with such perfection as to be able, without the assistance of others, to supply his own necessities. A certain proportion is allotted to each, and it is only by communicating with others that all enjoy what is sufficient for maintaining their respective places in the body 8 .' This is the principle of mutual dependence, the fundamental principle of corporate life. Thus 'He gave 148 some as apostles, some prophets, ' others in other varying capacities to fulfil varying functions; the principle of the bestowal being the same throughout. Each 'gifted' individual becomes himself a gift to the Church. He is 'gifted' not for his own sake but for the Church's sakeRead Less
1900. John Murray. Fourth imp. Hard Cover. Book-Good, gilt titles on spine & front board, green boards, foxing on page edges, back board marked. 7.5x5.5. 278pp. Decorated endpapers. Ex-libris-Marlborough College.
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