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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

When we contemplate him by faith, as we shall hereafter by sight, we see a Mirror from which the glory of Jehovah is reflected in intellectual, moral, and physical grandeur.

He that would know God, must behold Him in Christ.

If he be acquainted with Him as He is portrayed in the prophets and apostles, he will understand the character of God, whom no man hath seen, nor can see; Who chargeth His angels with folly, and before Whom the heavens are not clean.

Jesus was the true light shining in the darkness of Judea, whose inhabitants "comprehended it not".

Through him, God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, shone into the hearts of as many as received him; to give them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ; that so they might receive power to become the sons of God, believing on his name.

How consoling and cheering is it, then, amid all the evils of the present state, that God hath found a ransom, who is willing and able to deliver us from the power of the grave; and not only so, but that "at the manifestation of the sons of God," when he shall appear in power and great glory, "we shall be like him; because we shall see him as he is".

Then will the saints be "changed into the same image from glory," now only a matter of hope, "into glory," as seen and actually possessed, "even as the Lord" himself was changed, when he became "the spirit giving life," or "a quickening spirit".