The Loveliness of Christ is a
beautiful little gift book containing
short extracts in which some of
Rutherford’s most helpful thoughts are
allowed to stand out in their
unadorned wisdom and power. Those
familiar with Andrew Bonar’s great
nineteenth-century collection of the
Letters of Samuel Rutherford will feel
that this setting of brief quotations
makes Rutherford’s words sparkle like
diamonds on a dark cloth in a
jeweller’s shop. It is not surprising
then, that a hundred years ago, H. C.
G. Moule, the Anglican Bishop of
Durham, said in his simple but elegant
commendation of the original edition
of The Loveliness of Christ that it
was ‘a small casket stored with many
jewels’. It is the publisher’s wish
that the reader, in meditating on
these pages, will find here help,
comfort, wise counsel, and spiritual
compass, and to say with
Rutherford, ‘Every day we may see some
new thing in Christ. His love hath
neither brim nor bottom.’
I heartily recommend a book by Samuel Rutherford, called "The Loveliness of Christ." It is a collection of extracts, from one to five sentences in length, taken from his journals, letters, and writings, expressing deep love for Christ. A Puritan during times of opposition, Rutherford's experience was one of exile and persecution. Yet he praises Jesus for many things I had never thought to be thankful for; as a result the tiny book has been stirring my heart to love Christ.
The language is sometimes dated and grammatically clunky, but the spirit is warm and worthwhile. A glossary in the back helps with antiquated words.
It is the Lord's kindness that He will take the scum off us in the fire. Who knows how needful winnowing is to us, and what dross we must want removed ere we enter the kingdom of God? So narrow is the entry to heaven, that our knots, our bunches and lumps of pride, and self-love, and idol-love, and world-love must be hammered off us, that we may throng in, stooping low, and creeping through that narrow and thorny entry.
Wants are my best riches, for I find these supplied by Christ.
You will not get leave to steal quietly to heaven, in Christ's company, without a conflict and a cross.
Christ's cross is such a burden as sails are to a ship or wings are to a bird.
Our best food here is hunger.
I think I see more of Christ than ever I saw; and yet I see but little of what may be seen.
Lay all your loads and your weights by faith upon Christ. Ease yourself and let Him bear all. He can, He does, He will bear you.
I urge upon you... a near communion with Christ and a growing communion. There are curtains to be drawn back in Christ that we never saw, and new foldings in Him.I despair that ever I shall win to the far end of that love,there are so many plies in it; therefore dig deep, and sweat, and labor, and take pains for Him, and set by so much time in the day for Him as you can: He will be won with labor.
Sincerely, Michael Spotts:.
www.theopenlife.com- Michael Spotts