“If the gospel be the revealing or unveiling of a mystery hidden from ages and generations; if this mystery be the true constitution of humanity in Christ, so that a man believes and acts a lie who does not claim for himself union with Christ, we can understand why the deepest writings of the New Testament, instead of being digests of doctrine, are epistles, explaining to those who had been admitted in the Church of Christ their own position, bringing out that side of it which had reference to the circumstances in which they placed or to their most besetting sin, and shewing what life was in consistence, what life was at variance, with it.”

~ Quoted in Anthony Baker’s Diagonal Advance, 136, To Build Christ’s Kingdom: F.D. Maurice and His Writings, 87