THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

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THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

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558 The Gospel Magazine

dowry. The Church, however, has" not entered" upon her purchased

possession." She is the spouse of her heavenly Bridegroom; but

He, who is " Heir of all things," has not yet" taken the kingdom; "

so she still gleans in the field of this world. Soon the marriage of

the Lamb will have come, and His bride shall share His royalty:

" And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom

under the whole heaven, shall be given unto the people of the saints

of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all

dominions shall serve and obey Him." Meanwhile, her Lord is whispering

to her, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.; "

and she" is sitting down under His shadow with great delight, and

His fruit is sweet to her taste." The blessedness of this holy communing

between His heart and hers is only understood by those who

have experienced it. "The secret of the Lord is with them that

fear him, and he will show them His Covenant." There are seasons

when the child of God can say, "He brought me to the banquetinghouse,

and His banner over me was love; " then it is that the soul

pours itself out before God. It tells Jesus the deep longings that

are within; and the Saviour replies, "Thou art Mine." The joy of

such communion is vividly brought before us in the Song Qf Solomon.

Speaking of the Beloved of her soul, the Church is there represented

as saying, " The voice of my Beloved! behold, He cometh leaping upon

the mountains, skipping upon the hills! My Beloved is like a roe or

a young hart: behold, He standeth behind our wall, He looketh forth

at the windows, showing Himself through the lattice." Observe that

between her and her Lord there is "the wall" behind which He

stands, and there are "the windows" and" the lattice." He is

said to" look forth through the windows," and" to show himself

through the lattice." While they talk together, and behold one another,

there is a trellis-work, which intercepts her full view of His countenance,

and an intervening barrier which hinders uninterrupted communion.

And so it is that the Lord JesUB Christ now reveals Himself to His

people, through the ordinances that He has appointed; they meet

Him in the courts of the Lord's house, and they see the beauty of

His countenance through the "lattice" of His word; and He communes

with them at His table, and feeds them with the precious food

of His" body and blood," and" looks forth at them through the

windows." And such intercourse is but a preparation for that hour

when the Redeemer shall say to the beloved of His soul, "Rise up,

my love, my fair one, and come away:" there will be no "wall"

then betwixt the Church and Christ, no "lattice-work," and no

"windows," but they shall be "face to face."

Now, as St. Paul says,the Church" is espoused," "as a chaste

virgin, to Christ;" and from time to time she receives pledges of

His love, and foretastes of the honour that awaits her. But yet a

little while, and the cry shall be heard, "Behold, the Bridegroom

cometh, go ye out to meet Him! " " Then shall she be brought unto

the King in raiment of needlework; with gladness and rejoicing she

shall be brought, and shall enter into the King's palace."

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