THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

516 The Gospel Magazine.


" Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself."

LUKE xxiv. 39.

IT is a matter of profound importance that we realise the Lord

Jesus Christ as a Person, that we converse with and worship Him

as such, and that our souls are found in intimate fellowship with

Him as our ever-present Counsellor, Friend, and Comforter. There

is too much of a tendency in many believers to be satisfied with

Him as being far away, and to be approached only in worship,

instead of His being known in accordance with His promise­

"Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." As

the Son of Man, indeed, He is at the right hand of the Majesty

on high, the Representative and Intercessor of His people; but

as the Son of God, He is equally with the FATHER and the SPIRIT

present with the Church on earth. He has " gone away," in His

official capacity of Head and Forerunner, but as the Angel of

Jehovah's presence (Isa. lxiii. 9) He still, in His love and in His

pity, bears and carries His redeemed people in their daily passage

through the world. Faith beholds Him always nigh, and not

afar off, "a present help in the time of trouble."

The Psalms abound in language recording the intimacy of the

intercourse which the saints of the Old Testament enjoyed with

theIr divine Kinsman; and, surely, New Testament believers,

who live in times subsequent to the incarnation of Christ, instead

of enjoying restricted privilegeb, are entitled to increased liberty

in their fellowship with their Redeemer. The words of Jesub

to His disciples which stand at the head of these" Notes" embody

much more than a historical saying. They record the mind of

Christ for all time. It is plainly His gracious will that His people

should fully enter into the truth that He is, by flesh, one with them;

that " forasmuch ab the children are partakers of flesh and blood

He also Himself likewise took part of the same," and that it is their

marvellous privilege to "handle" Him by faith, and "see"

verily that it is He Himself with whom they have to do! The

fact that their natural sight is holden but serves to quicken spiritual

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