THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

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all who were present. And, to-day, God equally delights in those who

forsake not the assembling of themselves together in the Name of

names. "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to

dwell together in unity. It is like the precious ointment upon the

head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard; that went

down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of Hermon, and as the

dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord

commanded the blessing, even life for evermore." Let us, then, beloved

brethren, seek to realise a closer fellowship in the power of " the

Spirit of Christ," and all the more since so many honoured standardbearers

in the cause of God's truth have of late been taken from our

midst. In this connection, Christian affection constrains mention of

the home-call of God's faithful servant, Mr. James Wright, who

addressed our Conference so powerfully and with such heavenlymindedness

in October last, on the subject of the" Divine Promises."

For the entire period of twenty-five years, during which I have been

allowed of God to invite His dear people to meet at the Clifton Conference,

Mr. Wright's loving fellowship, prayers, and testimony contributed

one of the most gratefully esteemed of all the Divine favours

granted to me in connection with our happy yearly gatherings. The

Lord richly endowed our beloved brother with spiritual gifts; and the

memory of his instructive expositions of the Word and his holy exhortations

will ever be cherished by all who delighted to listen to the voice

which now swells the praises of the Lamb before the throne on high.

From the disciple we turn to the MASTER-Who knows" no variableness,"

Whose" years do not fail," and Who has promised us, "Lo, I

am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Our Conference

subject will be:-

"JESUS: (a) HIS PERSON, and (b) HIS WORK."

To be occupied with Jesus is the vocation of the redeemed-here on

earth by faith, and hereafter face to face. Nothing short of Christ

Jesus in person satisfies the true people of God. A doctrinal Christ,

a sacramental Christ, a traditional Christ, an historical Christ, the

" Christ" of the "Higher Criticism," is not "the Christ of God"

(Luke ix. 20) Whom the Spirit and the Word reveal to the hearts of

" the household of faith." Oh, brethren, be it ours to cease from the

speculative spirit of this evil age, and to be wholly taken up with Jesus

in His living Person, by personal intercourse with Him, by fellowship

with his heart, and mind, and will, and a growing acquaintance

with His personal love towards us as manifested in His mediatorial

Work-our Prophet, Priest, and King. Do not letus doubt His presence,

pow,er, and communion with us in our forthcoming Conference meetings.

His promise, surely, we believe-" For where two or three are

gathered together in my Name, there am I in the midst of them."

Brethren, I ask your prayers.

Believe me, with deep affection in Christ Jesus,

y ours to serve for His sake,

JAlIES ORMISTON, Rector of Mary-le-Port.

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