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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

If we turn to this oath of subjection and future blessing we shall see what is meant by every knee bowing to the Lord.

"By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou, Abraham, hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea-shore; and thy seed (Christ) shall possess the gate of his enemies; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

The nations being prepared by coercion, the formula of political adoption is promulgated to them.

This is contained in the law which goes forth from Zion.

The details of this law are not all specified.

In general, it establishes the power of the Lord, then become "a great mountain filling the whole earth," above all other powers; and constitutes the newly erected Temple in Jerusalem "the house of prayer for all nations".

This law gives the kingdom to the daughter of Jerusalem, which is Zion; where the Lord reigns over them henceforth for ever.

The nations accept the law, which saves them from extermination.

This is evinced by the effects which follow its promulgation.

They all flow to Jerusalem as the centre of the world, and fountain of all blessings; for "my springs," saith the Lord, are "in thee".

They go thither for instruction in the ways of the Lord, and return to walk in his paths, to live at peace among themselves, to abandon the study of war, and to devote themselves to agriculture, commerce, and the arts.

This is the millennial future state.

Abraham and Jesus are, then, the greatest personages upon the earth; the former being the spiritual father of Jesus and the saints, and the political father of a multitude of nations, over whom Christ and his brethren rule until "the end".

Such is "the world" of which Abraham and his Seed are the heirs.

Speaking of the latter in this relation, the apostle says, "Whom God hath appointed heir of all things, and on account of whom he constituted the Ages" -- the Age of Jubilees, and the Jubilee Age.

And to the joint-heirs of Abraham and Christ he says, "Let no man glory in men: for all things are yours; the world, life, death, things present and things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's".

And again, "Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?

" The verb here rendered "judge"is the same as is translated "go to law" in the preceding verse.

The apostle, therefore, asks if they do not know that they will sit judicially, and dispense justice to the world, according to the divine law; and because this is their destiny he positively forbids believers in the covenants of promise to submit themselves to the judgment of the unjust.

It is better, says he, for one to be defrauded than to submit to such a humiliation.

Let the heirs of the world arbitrate their own affairs in the present state; for it is a strange thing if men, whose destiny is to judge the world and angels, cannot settle things pertaining to this life.

Thus, then, there are three parties, yet constitutionally one family, who are heirs of the world as it will be politically organized in the Future Age -- namely, Abraham, Christ, and the believers in the promises made to them, called saints, who are in Abraham as their father, and in his Seed as their elder brother.

These are the inheritors of the kingdom and empire attached to the land of Canaan -- "the children of the promise who are counted for the Seed"; and "not of the world," or subjects.