THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

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the Lord her God led her in the wilderness, to humble her, and to prove

her, and to do her good at her latter end;" and she will rehearse

in the presence of the angels of God, the dealings of J ehovah with

her in the wilderness, and she will own that" not one thing has failed

oL all that the Lord her God has promised;" and then shall the

heavenly chorus respond, "Oh that men (literally, all created' intelligences)

would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for Hiswonderful

works to the children of men!"

Rest satisfied, then, "thou afflicted one, tossed with tempest and

not comforted," that yet a little while, and the discipline of life being

over, you shall be transplanted to flourish in the courts of the house

of the Lord for ever; there, to own, throughout the ages to come,

that the heavenly husbandman made no mistake, when He cut off

the shoot that you admired, or stripped the bough under which you

.took shelter!

When the apostle St. Paul, in the twelfth chapter of his Epistle

to the Corinthians, says, " Now ye·are the body of Christ, and members

in particular," we have the Church compared not only to a living

organization, but to one in which·the several members are knit together

in mutual fellowship. In the natural body" the eye cannot say to

the hand, I have no need of thee, nor again the head to the feet, I have

·no need of you." Thus the members of our bodies are united, not

only by a common life, but by a common sympathy.

The members are many, and yet they form but one body. "If

the foot shall say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the body,

is it therefore not of the body ~ and if the ear shall say, because I

am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the

body ~ If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing ~

If the whole were hearing, where were the snielling ~ But now hath

God set the members, everyone of them, in the body, as it hath pleased

Him; and if they were all one member, where were the body ~ But

.now are they many members, yet but one body." Thus the Church

of the living God is said by the apostle" t{) be one body, and many

members; " and that body, consisting of the Head and the members,

is called" The Christ," or " The anointed One." (See 1 Cor. xii. 12.)

Wonderful union! The Lord Jesus, so one with His people "as to

have need of them," and they so one with Him, as to be incapable

of existing without Him! He, the Head of the body, the Church,

directing and controlling the members,-and they, obedient to His

Divine will, mutually strengthening and comforting one another.

He, receiving the fulness of the Holy Spirit, in order to dispense to

each member the grace and strength required; and they, the

members, fitly joined together, and compacted by that which

every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure

of every part, making increase of the body unto the edifying of itself

in love." Now, if the smallest joint be wanting, the body is incomplete;

every nerve and muscle, aswell as every limb, is essential to the perfect

organization of the human frame; thus the weakest member of the

body of Christ cannot be dispensed with; the Head" has need of

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