The annual Reformation and Revival Conference took place in Swanwick from November
19 to 21st. About 80 men and women attended to hear two preachers from the Celtic
fringes of the British Isles, Dafydd P. Morris from Pumpsaint in Carmarthenshire
and Iain D. Campbell from Back on the Isle of Lewis. Dafydd gave three addresses
on the text from Acts 2:14, “I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,” the words of
Joel quoted by Peter at Pentecost. Christ has been exalted to pour out the Spirit
during the last days, and this work was inaugurated but not exhausted at Pentecost.
For example, Paul stands in solidarity (‘us’) with the church in Crete thirty years
later and says, “He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy
Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour” (Titus
3:5&6). Surely we have the warrant from the exalted Christ’s person and work, his
fullness and generosity, to expect such blessings again. We find the grounds of hope
for revival quite outside of ourselves and entirely in Jesus Christ.
own kingdom can be established only through the giving of the Spirit. 2. When he
pours out his Spirit his sufferings are not in vain. 3. Our Lord Jesus is incomplete
without his bride. 4. The promise of the covenant of grace is for vast numbers to
be saved. 5. Through the Spirit’s coming the old enemy’s plans are shattered. 6.
God’s ultimate purpose for his world is fulfilled through the comings of the Spirit.
Dr. Iain D. Campbell reminded us that there was no greater vision than that of the
bride in the book of Revelation. At the end Christ is with her in the glory and the
bride is as we have never seen her before. His right hand does not embrace angels
but the church. Here we are confronted with the heart of the gospel, Jesus bringing
sinners into union with himself. The whole complexion of time and eternity has changed
because of this marriage. To understand the Revelation picture you need the help
of the Old Testament Scriptures. How else will you understand why Christ is called
the Lamb, or that the bride is the New Jerusalem? The whole scene of paradise takes
us back to the Bible’s opening chapters; we end with the beginning. Everything was
good there but it was not good for man to be alone. Wives are an improvement on paradise
and our first parents shared the glory together and will share it for ever.
in three addresses Dr Campbell showed us the bride from the Old Testament, the first
was Rebecca in Genesis 24 (the longest single narrative chapter in the Bible), and
the loveliest story ever told. The second was Ruth in the book dedicated to her,
and the third was the Song of Songs and the bride for David’s son. It is hard to
describe the impact of these three messages, the freshness of the themes, the union
of history of redemption insights with puritan confessional theology, the Highland
piety out of which they had emerged, and the vigour with which the three messages
were declared. I have scarcely heard such preaching in my life, and thanked God I
was there to hear the word of God declared with the Spirit sent from heaven.