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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

This was the nature of the sacrifices under the Mosaic law.

Hence the law had no vitality in it; "for if there had been a law given that could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law".

But this was impossible.

Moses was the mediator of the covenant from Sinai.

He died, and the Lord buried him; but there was no testimony added of his resurrection: and though he byes (for he appeared to Jesus on the Mount), it was after the law came into force.

The Mosaic law is, therefore, a minister only of death and cursing.

But Jesus died and rose again, and lives for evermore.

Hence, the gospel in his name, and the new code hereafter to be promulgated from Zion, are efficacious to the bestowal of a right to eternal life upon all who believe through his name.

While a believer is out of Christ, he is in his sins, and while he is in his sins he is under the sentence of death; for "the wages of sin is death".

As soon, however, as his sins are forgiven through Christ's name, in the act of forgiveness he passes from under the sentence of death; and as there is no middle, or neutral position, he comes under the sentence of life, and rejoices in hope of the kingdom of God.

Thus Jesus Christ hath abolished death, and brought life and incorruptibility to light in the gospel of the kingdom.

There is no other way of obtaining them than through his name, and by a resurrection from the dead; or, if living at the setting up of the kingdom, by a change in the twinkling of an eye.

Such is the doctrine of Christ as opposed to the vain philosophy of Plato.

The Papist and Protestant admirers of this heathen speculator, contend for the hereditary immortality of an immaterial essence, innate in sinful flesh; while the Lord Jesus has made known that life and incorruptibility are attributes of the kingdom of God, which they only can obtain who are accounted worthy on gospel principles of inheriting it.

In fine, incorruptible life is part of the reward of the righteous: and nowhere in the Bible is immortality predicated of, or promised to, men who die in their sins.

Out of Christ, immortality there is none.


"the great salvation" is meant deliverance from the grave by a resurrection to life, and a share in the kingdom of God.

This, as we have seen, is predicated on faith in the promises made to the Fathers, an Abrahamic disposition, baptism into the name of the Holy Ones, and faith made perfect by works.

In other words, salvation is promised to those only who walk in the steps of Abraham's faith.

To deny this is to deny the testimony of God.

His own Son was not exalted until he was made perfect by suffering.

"He that believes the gospel, and is baptized, shall be saved; and he that believes not shall be condemned".