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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

'Let us make man' regards the animal nature; 'in our image', denotes his spiritual nature, which alone could resemble the Deity.

'Let us make', etc., 'in our image, after our likeness.

' Here is the plurality three times expressed, and that in the first person: a manifest agreement with, and proof of, the scriptural doctrine of a plurality of the Deity, to which, as God is one in essence, we give the name of persons".

Elohim, "a name," says Parkhurst, "usually given in the Hebrew scriptures to the ever-blessed Trinity".

He wrote a pamphlet against Dr.

Priestley and Mr.

Wakefield to prove a plurality of Elohim in Jehovah!

If the reader understand who the Elohim are, this will appear an extraordinary instance of learned ignorance and folly.

It is equal to undertaking to prove, that there are three princes in one king; or three angels in an archangel.

In one thing, however, I agree with him entirely, namely, that a plurality of agents is denoted in the Mosaic history of the terrestrial creation.

By faith we understand that the spirit, or word, operated in, by, and through them, in the formation of all things terrestrial; but that all these agents were in the divine essence, constituting "society in God," is too great a camel for my power of deglutition.

A first principle with me in all reasonings upon this subject is, that "There is one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in all" His spiritual family.

Another axiom is, that "He is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of Lords; who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see".

And again, "God is spirit"; and He is "incorruptible".

The Incorruptible Spirit dwelling in light is the scripture revelation of the undefinable essence of the self-existent Eternal One, who is from everlasting to everlasting, God.

What His essence consists in, He has not revealed; He has made known to us His name, or character, which is enough for men to know; but to say that, because He is a spirit, He is therefore "immaterial," is to speak arrant nonsense; for immateriality is nothingness; a quality, if we may so speak, alien to the universe of God.

"No man," says Jesus, "hath seen God at any time"; but Adam, Abraham, Jacob, and Moses, saw the Elohim and their Lord; therefore Elohim and the Everlasting Father are not the same.

Elohim is a name bestowed on angels and orders of men.

It is written, "Worship him, all Elohim".

This is quoted by Paul in the first chapter of Hebrews, as a command of the Everlasting Father to the angels, that they should do homage to the Lord Jesus as His Son, when He shall introduce him into the world again at the opening of the Future Age.

It is also written concerning him, "Thou hast made him a little lower than the Elohim" Paul applies this to Jesus, saying, "We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels".

He continued inferior to them a little upwards of thirty years, from the birth of the flesh to his resurrection; when he was exalted far above them in rank and dignity, even to the "right hand of power," which is enthroned in light, where dwells the Majesty in the heavens.

Those to whom the word of God came through Moses are styled Elohim, as it is written, "I have said, Ye are Elohim; and all of you children of the Most High; but ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes".