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“ ENDEAVOURING TO KEEP THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT in the Bond of Peace.”
THE SAME YESTERDAY, TO-DAY, AND FOR Ever. WHOM TO KNOW
IS LIFE ETERNAL.”
TO THE READERS OF THE “GOSPEL MAGAZINE."
BELOVED BRETHREN AND Sisters in Christ Jesus,
The closing up of another Volume, constrains us to say with the Psalmist, as he sat before the Lord (2 Sam. vii. 18), “Who am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto ?"
Reflecting, dear readers, on the date of our acquaintance, and the many vicissitudes with which the intervening weeks, and months, and years have been fraught, we stand, and wonder, and adore! “What hath God wrought ?” “ 'Tis the Lord's doings, and it is marvellous in our eyes."
Beloved, most comforting is the contemplation of those covenant engagements entered into between the Three Persons of the adorable Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. As members of the mystical body of Christ, it secured to us beforetime all needful grace in time, and inconceivable glory when time shall be no Inore.
But the distinguishing mercy, in connexion, is, that all past mercies are but the pledge of future favours. The grace and the goodness which we have received at the hand of God our Father, whilst they ratify this covenant, do also most sweetly assure us of the fact, that as the unchangeable I AM, “having lored his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end."
With respect to the past, we have indeed abundant reason to say with good old Jacob, “ Few and evil have the days of the years of our life been;" yet beloved, may we not also adopt the language of a former Editor of this work, when closing the year 1767?-we refer to the immortal Toplady:
“ Kind Author and ground of our hope,
Thee, thee, for our God we avow;
And own thou hast help'd us till now,
Wherein oir defence thou hast prov'd;
Such sinners so signally lov’d."
“ Though in a foreign land,
We are not far from home ;
We ev'ry moment come.”