THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

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THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

532 The GosPel Magazine.

His love lays hold of His child, and His child's love lays hold of Him.

Above all things, true repentance creeps to Him and holds Him by

the feet (Matt. xxviii. 9), until He reveals Himself in all His loveliness

as:-

THE KING.

Jesus Christ our Lord, the glorious God-Man, is exalted at the ri1?(ht.

hand of the Majesty on high (Heb. i. 3), as King of Kings, and Lord of

I,ords (1 Tim. vi. 15). The Kingdom of our Lord Jesus is three-fold:

Spiritual, in the hearts of the saints; Mediatorial, in heaven; and

Providential, on earth.

His Spiritttal kingdom is set up in the hearts of His people at regeneration,as

He said: "The Kingdom of God is within you" (Luke xvii. 21).

His inward reign on the throne of the new heart is manifested in subduing

the flesh and sin in the souls of subjects, ruling and over-ruling

all things for them, and in defending them from all harm.

His M ediatorial kingdom is exercised in glory. He ascended on high

for the purpose of interceding for His people, representing them before

the throne, and advocating their cause. Through the exalted Redeemer

their prayers ascend up acceptably to the Father, and all blessings flow

down from their Father to them. They are " accepted in the Beloved."

(Phil. 1. 6).

Christ's Providential kingdom on earth began with the creation

(Col. i. 16), and all creatures and circumstances are subject to His

control, and depend upon His will. In the end, all things will prove

to have been for the lifting" of Jesus on high," that" at (or 'in') the

name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things

in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should

confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Col.

ii. 10, 11).

So great and glorious is the King who is held in

THE GALLERIES,

where He displays the loveliness of His Person, the perfections of His

character, the glory of His work, the excellencies of His name, and the

sweetness of His love. The Word is the first of the galleries of His

grace, in which a precious Christ stands revealed in His majesty and

fullness. From Genesis to the final "Revelation of Jesus Christ,"

which God gave to His servant John, our King is all and in all, the

Alpha and Omega, the first and the last (Rev. i. 11). He appears in

the blessed word of truth as the Suffering Saviour,the Friend of sinners,

the Helper of the helpless, the Rose of Sharon, the Saviour of the lost,

the High Priest of the Church, the Lamb in the midst of the throne,

the Banner of the armies of the Lord, the Shield of the defenceless, the

Righteousness of the saints, the Refuge of the poor, the Hiding-place

of the humble, the Hope of the hopeless, the Prince of Peace, the Teacher

of the ignorant, the Leader of the blind, the Healer of the sick, and in a

vast number of other offices of pity, love, and power; insomuch that

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