Scottish pastor Samuel Rutherford penned this letter while in exile in 1637. It was written to Lady Cardoness. Perhaps the Lord has preserved it down through the centuries so that believers would read it and become a bit jealous of Rutherford’s nearness to Christ. That’s the impact the letter had on me.
“Walk in the Truth, and follow the despised but most lovely Son of God.
I cannot but recommend Him to you as your Husband, your Well-beloved, your Portion, your Comfort and your Joy.
I say this of the Lovely One, because considering what He has done for me, I can say nothing else. He has watered with His sweet comforts an oppressed prisoner. He was always kind to my soul; but never so kind as now in my great extremities.
I dine and sup with Christ.”
You can read the entire letter here.
Octavius Winslow was a 19th century pastor and writer in America.
I’m thankful for the simplicity of what he wrote. He places these wonderful truths down where I can easily reach them.
“We cannot keep our eye too exclusively or too intently fixed on Jesus.
All salvation is in Him. All salvation proceeds from Him. All salvation leads to Him.
And for the assurance and comfort of our salvation we are to repose believingly and entirely on Him.
Christ must be all!
Christ the beginning; Christ the center; and Christ the end.
Oh sweet truth to you who are sensible of your poverty, vileness, and insufficiency, and of the ten thousand flaws and failures of which, perhaps, no one is cognizant but God and your own soul!
Oh, to turn and rest in Christ; a loving Christ; a tender Christ, whose heart’s love never chills, from whose eye darts no reproof, from whose lips breathes no sentence of condemnation!
Christ must be all!”
You can read more about Pastor Winslow here. More of his writings can be found at Grace Gems.
“Christ is all and in all.” Colossians 3:11 (ESV)