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TO THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH SCATTERED ABROAD—
Being permitted to attend the Allegheny meeting in which our Lord’s death was commemorated, as well as the subsequent meetings of the week, I was especially impressed with the truth that it was the Lord’s death which, through justification, opens up the way for consecration in this and the Millennial ages; and that it is now the particular privilege of the saints to be consecrated into his death. We read, “This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood.” Our Lord’s way was not by consecration (water) only, but through consecration carried to entire completion during a reign of evil and ending in death. Through this utter self-abnegation and its lesson of complete obedience to the Father’s will, our Lord was prepared for the great work he will complete, and in which we are invited to join. Only by following humbly and willingly on the same rough road, can we be fitted for joint-heirship with him in the restitution work now beginning. It is written “Though he were a son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; and being made perfect [as a new creature], he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.”
When once fully grasped, the opportunity of becoming “heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ” assumes so glorious an aspect that we begin to rejoice in the hope that we may “suffer with him.”
The entire meeting furnished “meat in due season” both in “things new and old,” and I rejoice that I was permitted once more to join so many brethren and sisters in worship and study before the “night cometh,” and thus to be strengthened and encouraged to work more faithfully while the day lasts. W. E. PAGE.
[A brother who until recently has been a minister in the United Presbyterian ranks, and who only within the past few months came to a knowledge of God’s plan of the ages, and who was present at the Memorial Supper and subsequent meetings, writes as follows:—
DEARLY BELOVED BRETHREN:—I cannot express in language the sweet peace in my soul since I returned from the meeting. I feel like singing all the time. Those sweet Songs of the Bride still ring in my ears, and I expect they will until Christ reveals to us his glory. I was not ashamed to come home and tell my family and neighbors what a blessed meeting we had in Allegheny, and when I would describe to them the workings of the meeting, they would say, What church was it in, I replied, in the church of the first born, whose names are written in heaven. Blessing and glory and honor and dominion and power be unto God and the Lamb forever and ever. The veil of predestination is rent, and my soul is free. I am trusting that the Lord will show me what he would have me do, and rain or shine, late or early, night or day, I am happy in Jesus. Lord, let thy will be done in me. I must now close trusting that the Redeemer’s presence may ever be ours to enjoy. J. R. B.
DEAR TOWER READERS:—We want to testify to you all that the meeting of the past week in Allegheny has been a season of spiritual refreshment to us. We have been drawn into closer sympathy and fellowship with the brethren and sisters of like precious faith, not only those present, but all that in every place call upon the name of our Lord and Master.
Our hearts have overflown with love to Bro. Russell as we witnessed his patient labor for the edification of the household of faith. We have been stimulated more and more to henceforth know nothing save Jesus Christ and Him crucified; to be broken and emptied vessels for the Master’s use made meet. Yours in fellowship,
BROTHER AND SISTER WEBB.
— April, 1890 —