1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
The truth has made great headway since the early days of Dr. Thomas. At that time its friends were few, now they can be counted by the thousand. This progress has not been achieved apart from much toil. Who the toilers have been, God knows, and they will not be forgotten by Him in the promised day of recompense.
"Every man," saith His unbreakable word, "shall receive his own reward according to his own labour" (1 Cor. 3:8). As we review the lives of our departed brethren-those who have established the truth so surely in our midst, and who wearied not in well-doing-we think that the secret of their influence lay in their strong recognition of God and their unbounded faith in the unerringness of the Scriptures.
They made their hearers feel that God is a reality, and His word unfailing. To them the truth was more than a mere subject-it was the handing on of a message from the All-seeing Eternal. They took hold of the truth as a precious, beautiful, and very sacred thing. To them it was no toy, no carnal weapon, nor was it handled for the purpose of bringing praise and glory to self.
They esteemed it (and their words and deeds are evidence of this) as a priceless gift of God, to be employed solely for His exaltation, and the enlightenment and salvation of man. They shrank not from being humbled by it-from suffering on its account.
If God is to bless our preaching, as He did theirs, we shall have to follow in their steps. We shall have to show the same humility, courage, ardour, enthusiasm, and devotion. Like these faithful predecessors, we shall have to be always up and doing, making the advancement of truth the great aim of our life. Idleness in this matter is the parent of manifold mischief.
Bro AT Jannaway
The Christadelphian, May 1907