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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

Religion being the divine remedy for sin, it is evident that when the sin of the world is taken away, religion will be abolished.

So long as sin exists in the earth, so long will there be separation between God and men; for it is sin, and that only, which interrupts man's fellowship with God and His angels, as it obtained before the fall.

When sin is eradicated from the world there will be no more death; for death and sin are boon companions; as it is written, "The wages of sin is death".

The abolition of death presupposes the extinction of sin in the flesh; and consequently that the animal nature of man has been transformed (not evaporated, but changed) into the spiritual nature of the Elohim.

Man will then be no longer subject to evil.

His race will have passed through its 7000 years of probation; and all of its individuals, who have been the faithful subjects of God's religion, will become the incorruptible and perpetual inhabitants of the earth, emancipated from every curse; God will then dwell in men by His Spirit as He now fills the Lord Jesus Christ.

All distinction of church and world, saints and sinners, righteous and wicked, shall cease for ever; for there will be none of the Serpent's seed alive.

They will have been utterly destroyed; for only "the meek shall inherit the earth, and delight themselves with abundance of peace".

Religion begins in the third chapter of Genesis, and finds the record of its end in the last two chapters of the Revelation.

Its abolition is expressed in these words: "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them as their God.

And he shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and there shall be NO MORE DEATH, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new And there shall be NO MORE CURSE".

Then will the victory be complete.

The Sin-power and all its works will be finally abolished; and an eternal jubilee gladden the hearts of men, in whom God will be all and in all.

As it is highly important that the reader should have a distinct understanding of the religion of God, if he would profit by it, it may not be amiss, in order to facilitate its comprehension, to present the following SUMMARY OF PRINCIPLES.

Religion is that system of means by which the breach made by sin between God and man is repaired; and the wound inflicted upon the latter is healed.

Man's defilement was first a matter of conscience; and then corporeal.

For this cause, his purification is first a cleansing of his understanding, sentiments, and affections; and afterwards, the perfecting of his body by spiritualizing it at the resurrection.

An evil conscience is made manifest by the truth, and is evinced by shame and by "doubts and fears".

A good conscience is characterized by a full assurance of faith and hope, founded upon an understanding of the gospel of the kingdom in the name of Jesus, and an obedience to it.

The obedience of faith gives the subject "the answer of a good conscience".

A seared conscience has no compunctions.

It is that condition of thinking flesh which results from the absence of all divine knowledge, and habitual sin.