“Paul declares that: “According to the grace of God, which is given unto me, as a wise master-builder, I have laid the foundation.” This expression, master-builder, used only once in the whole Bible, and by Paul, may be considered as a whole revelation.
In the Mysteries, the third part of the sacred rites was called Epopteia, or revelation, reception into the secrets. In substance it means that stage of divine clairvoyance when everything pertaining to this earth disappears, and earthly sight is paralyzed, and the soul is united free and pure with its Spirit, or God. But the real significance of the word is “overseeing”, from οπτομαι – I see myself. In Sanscrit the word evâpto has the same meaning, as well as to obtain. The word epopteia is a compound one, from Επί – upon, and Όπτομαι – to look, or an overseer, an inspector – also used for a master-builder.
The title of master-mason, in Freemasonry, is derived from this, in the sense used in the Mysteries. Therefore, when Paul entitles himself a “master-builder”, he is using a word pre-eminently kabalistic, theurgic, and masonic, and one which no other apostle uses. He thus declares himself an adept, having the right to initiate others. If we search in this direction, with those sure guides, the Grecian Mysteries, and the Kabala, before us, it will be easy to find the secret reason why Paul was so persecuted and hated by Peter, John, and James.
The author of the Revelation was a Jewish kabalist pur sang, with all the hatred inherited by him from his forefathers toward the Mysteries. His jealousy during the life of Jesus extended even to Peter; and it is but after the death of their common master that we see the two apostles – the former of whom wore the Mitre and the Petaloon of the Jewish Rabbis – preach so zealously the rite of circumcision. In the eyes of Peter, Paul, who had humiliated him, and whom he felt so much his superior in “Greek learning” and philosophy, must have naturally appeared as a magician, a man polluted with the “Gnosis”, with the “wisdom” of the Greek Mysteries – hence, perhaps, “Simon the Magician.””
H. P. Blavatsky