Monday, September 23, 2019

Rutherford Revised (341)

341. To my Lady Kenmure  From St. Andrews 27 May 1653

Madam,Grace, mercy, and peace be to you.I know that you think of a going out, and that your quartering in time, and your stay in this life, is short; for we fly away as a shadow.” The declining of the sun, and the lengthening of the shadow, say that our journey is short and near the end. I speak it, because I have warnings of my removal. Madam, I know not any against whom the Lord is not: for He is against the proud and lofty; the day of the Lord is upon all the cedars, upon all the high mountains, upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall, upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures” (Isa. 2:1216). I do not know anything comparable to a nearness and spiritual communion with the Father and the Son Christ. There is much deadness and witheredness on many spirits sometime near to God; and I wish the Lord have not more to say and to do against the land.
  You have, Madam, in your accounts, mercies, deliverances, sticks, warnings, plenty of means, consolations (when refuge failed, when you looked on the right hand, and behold no man would know you, nor care for your soul,” when young and weak), manifestations of God, the outgoings of the Lord for you, experiences, answers from the Lord; by all which, you may be comforted now, and confirmed in the certain hope, that grace, free grace, in a fixed and established Surety, shall perfect that good work in you. Happy they who do not see  and yet believe.
   Grace, grace, eternally in our Lord Jesus be with you. Yours, in the Lord Jesus,  S. R.

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