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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

Hence, they are "bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh"; and therefore, the beloved Eve of the last Adam, the Lord who is to come from heaven, and make her of the same holy spiritual nature as his own.

Thus, the church is figuratively taken out of the side of her Lord; for every member of it believes in the remission of sins through his shed blood; and they all believe in the real resurrection of his flesh and bones, for their justification unto life by a similar revival from the dead.

"Your bodies are the members," or flesh and bones, "of Christ; and he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit".

"I have espoused you to one husband," says Paul, "that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ".

It will be perceived, then, that the church as defined, is in the present state the espoused of Christ, but not actually married.

She is in the formative state, being moulded under the hand of God.

When she shall be completed, God will then present her to the Man from heaven, "arrayed in fine linen, clean and white".

This is she of whom the psalmist sings, "Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people and thy father's house; so shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.

The king's daughter is all glorious within; her clothing is of wrought gold.

She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework; the virgins, her companions that follow her, shall be brought unto thee.

With gladness and rejoicing shah they be brought: they shall enter into the king's palace".

The presentation of Eve to the first Adam was the signal of rejoicing to the Morning Stars; and we perceive that the manifestation of Messiah's Queen will be attended with the "Alleluia" of a great multitude, sounding like the roaring of many waters, and the echoes of mighty thunderings, saying, "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to the Lord God omnipotent: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his betrothed hath made herself ready".

Such is the relationship and destiny of the true church, styled by Paul, "the One Body".

It is forming by the word; or, taking it as formed in the apostolic age, but not presented, the apprehension of the apostle has been sadly realized.

"I fear," says he, "let by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ".

The tempter has seduced the betrothed.

The simplicity in Christ is no longer characteristic of a community.

It is corrupted on every side; and the ruin of the transgression alone prevails.

Nevertheless, although there be no hope for the professing world, seeing that it is too "wise in its own conceit"; too self-satisfied with its supposed illumination; glorifying itself, and saying, "I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing," and knows not, and will not be persuaded, "that it is wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked" -- seeing, I say, that this is the irremediable condition of the religious public, yet there remains scope for the deliverance of those who are disposed to obey God rather than men.

If they would become bone of Christ's bone, and flesh of his flesh, they must "leave father and mother, and be joined unto the wife".

They find themselves now, perhaps, members of denominations as they happen to be led.

These are their parentage according to the fleshly mind.

They must be forsaken, and men must become "one flesh" and "one spirit" in the Lord, if they would inherit the kingdom of God.