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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

It is His prerogative, and His alone, to dictate the terms of reconciliation.

Man has offended God.

It becomes him, therefore, to surrender unconditionally; and, with the humility and teachableness of a child, to receive with open heart and grateful feelings, whatever in the wisdom, and justice, and benevolence of God, He may condescend to prescribe.

Until they do this, they may preach in His name; make broad the phylacteries; sound trumpets in the synagogues and in the streets; make long prayers in public; disfigure their countenances with grimace that they may appear to fast; build churches; compass sea and land to make proselytes; found hospitals; and fill the world with their benevolences: -- all is reducible to mere fig-leaf invention as a substitute for "the righteousness of God".

"Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;" but this blessedness came not upon Adam, nor upon any of his posterity, by garments of their own device.

The Lord's covering for sin is "a change of raiment," even "white raiment," which He counsels men to buy "that they may be clothed, and that the shame of their nakedness do not appear".

He alone can furnish it.

His price is that men should believe, and put it on.