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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

Hence, His was "the blood of the New Testament, which was shed for many;" that they which are called might receive the remission of sins, and obtain the promise of the inheritance for ever (Matt.

26:28; Heb.


The covenant of promise, then, was typically confirmed 430 years before the law; and finally dedicated by the death of the mediatorial Testator; this being accomplished, the will could not be disannulled, or added to (Gal.


But when we look at Jesus in the light of this Divine will and testament, we perceive some grand and important deficiencies in the administration of its legacies, if the history of the past is to be taken as the criterion of its accomplishment.

In the historical view of the will, we are led to the conclusion that it hath not been administered at all; and that its legatees have received none of their Father's estate.

Look at Abraham, He has received nothing.

The same is true of all who believed the things hoped for from that day to this.

Even the Lord Jesus, who has been perfected, has received nothing of what is willed to Him in the covenant, or testament.

"I will give," said God, "this land to thy Seed for ever".

Now look at the facts in the case.

"Jesus came to His own, and His own received Him not" (John 1:11).

What is to be understood by this?

What is signified by "His own" twice repeated in this text?

It reads in the original, "He came EIS TA IDIA and HOI IDIOI received Him not".

The facts in the case must supply the words understood.

Jesus came to His own kingdom, or realm, but His own people, the Jews, who are the "children of the kingdom," did not receive Him, but rejected, and crucified Him.

The reading is, then, "He came EIS TA IDIA BASILEIA into His own realm, and HOI IDIOI LAOI His own people did not receive Him.

But to as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become sons of God, to them who believe in His name".

But, what constituted the land of Canaan His realm, more than John the Baptist's, or any other Jew's?

Because it was promised to Him in the covenant, because He was the sole surviving Heir of David's throne.

We see, however, that, like His father Abraham, He never possessed even so much as to set His foot upon; and so poor was He, that though "foxes had holes and the birds of the air had nests, yet He had not where to lay His head".