Friday, January 26, 2024

Rutherford: half of Christ

Friday, January 26, 2024
    Feast of Timothy and Titus, Companions of Paul
    Commemoration of Dorothy Kerin, Founder of the Burrswood Healing Community, 1963
    Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
    —Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV)
    How many of us would have Christ divided into two halves, that we might take the half of Him only, and take his office, Jesus and salvation! But “Lord” is a cumbersome word, and to obey, and work out our own salvation, and to perfect holiness, is the cumbersome and stormy north side of Christ, and that which we shun and avoid.
    ... Samuel Rutherford (1600-1664), Mr. Rutherford’s Letters, Edinburgh: E. and J. Robertsons, 1761, letter, Sept. 7, 1637, p. 155 (see the book)
    See also Phil. 2:12-13; Matt. 7:24-27; 12:49-50; Mark 3:35; Luke 8:21; 11:28; John 14:15; 15:14; Acts 2:36; 1 Cor. 1:13; Eph. 4:4-6; Heb. 5:8-9; Jas. 1:22
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, strengthen me to follow your commandments.
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