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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

Speaking of the conception and preparation of the Seed, the prophet as a typical person, says, "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me".

This is nothing more than affirming that he was born of sinful flesh: and not of the pure and incorruptible angelic nature.

Sinful flesh being the hereditary nature of the Lord Jesus, he was a fit and proper sacrifice for sin; especially as he was himself "innocent of the great transgression," having been obedient in all things.

Appearing in the nature of the seed of Abraham, he was subject to all the emotions by which we are troubled; so that he was enabled to sympathize with our infirmities, being "made in all things like unto his brethren".

But, when he was "born of the Spirit," in the quickening of his mortal body by the spirit, he became a spirit; for "that which is born of the spirit is spirit".

Hence, he is "the Lord the Spirit," incorruptible flesh and bones.

Sin in the flesh is hereditary; and entailed upon mankind as the consequence of Adam's violation of the Eden law.

The "original sin" was such as I have shown in previous pages.

Adam and Eve committed it; and their posterity are suffering the consequence of it.

The tribe of Levi paid tithes to Melchisedec many years before Levi was born.

The apostle says, "Levi who receiveth tithes, paid tithes in Abraham".

Upon the same federal principle, all mankind ate of the forbidden fruit, being in the loins of Adam when he transgressed.

This is the only way men can by any possibility be guilty of the original sin.

Bemuse they sinned in Adam, therefore they return to the dust from which Adam came -- ef w says the apostle, "in whom all sinned".

There is much foolishness spoken and written about "original sin".

Infants are made the subjects of a religious ceremony to regenerate them because of original sin; on account of which, according to Geneva philosophy they are liable to the flames of hell for ever!

If original sin, which is in fact sin in the flesh, were neutralized, then all "baptismally regenerated" babes ought to live for ever, as Adam would have done had he eaten of the Tree of Life after he had sinned.

But they die; which is a proof that the "regeneration" does not "cure their souls"; and is, therefore, mere theological quackery.

Mankind being born of the flesh, and of the will of man, are born into the world under the constitution of sin.

That is, they are the natural born citizens of Satan's kingdom.

By their fleshly birth, they are entitled to all that sin can impart to them.

What creates the distinction of bodies politic among the sons of Adam?

It is constitution, or covenant.