THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

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THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

548 The Gospel Magazine.

There is just one feature more in the character of Adam, to which

we are desirous of calling your attention, which is, his desire to lay the

blame, not upon himself, but elsewhere. And in this what a type he

is! "The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of

the tree, and I did eat; " he seems to lay the blame at the very door of

the Lord Himself. Now, we have all thought of this before; every

book which has been written upon the subject brings this fact before

us. But let us look at it in reference to ourselves. Here is one of the

tempta.tions which God's people have gone through; they have laid

on their providential circumstances the blame which ought only to have

rested on themselves. How often have I heard men say, If I had not

been in such or such a position, I would not have acted so or so. How

often is there a desire to charge upon others that which specially

belongs to ourselves. There was a want of straightforwardness and

honesty in Adam at·this time; there was a desire to shift the blame off

himself. This is a type of what we see continually; there is selfpalliation,th.ere

is laying the blame upon our constitutional temperament,

disposition, natural propensities; there is a laying too often

upon the Lord that which really belongs to ourselves, laying it on others

-anywhere, in short, but where we ought to lay it.

Now, dear brethren, it appears to me, that these are some of the

lessons which we ought to learn from this history. It brings before us

subjects which the people of God can well enter into; as they read this

history, they learn to see that there was, in the case of Adam, a want

of one thing-the security of being upheld. This can never happen to

us, dear children of God. God's people are in a far highE'r position,

by virtue of their relation to Christ, than Adam occupied; the Lord's

people are in Christ everlastingly secure.

And there is another precious thought which comes before the mind

in reading the history of the creation of Adam, and the sin of Adam.

When God said He would make man after His Own image, He made

him thus, in order that he might have communion with Himself. You

never can have communion with God unless you are like God, and

therefore is that precious word written in the Epistle of John, "We

know th~t when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall

see Him as He is." Whatever has fellowship with God must be like

God; the Lord's people have His Spirit dwelling within them, and

thus they have communion with God. When He comes, they shall be

a reflection of Him; they shall have communion with Him, because

theyshll.ll have oneness of nature'with Him.

These are blessed truths, dear brethren. May the Lord apply them

to your hearts! May He teach all His people to be a humble people,

to be a watchful people, to be a praying people, and, above all, to be

a believing people, living on the fullness and all-sufficiency of the Lord

Jesus Christ, having boldness and access to the throne of grace, and

feeling it to be their privilege, at all times, to cry in the spirit of adoption,

" Abba, Father."

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GOD, who feeds the ravens, will not starve His doves.-Charnock.

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