The letters of Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661) have been a source of encouragement and inspiration to Christians for over 350 years; but to the modern reader their language and structure can often hinder the enjoyment of their true value. In 1913, Hamilton Smith (1862-1943) set out to make the heart of the letters (and of Rutherford himself) more accessible to the reader of his day. He organised a selection of extracts under topical headings covering such themes as warning, peace, evil, the Devil, death, comfort, pilgrimage, glory and, above all, Christ. Retaining Rutherford's original text, with occasional explanatory footnotes, he created a volume of devotional readings which have stood the test of time in sharing Rutherford's passion for the love of Christ. The publisher is pleased to make this classic work available once again.
How does God save sinners? This fundamental question is of the highest importance for every human being that has ever lived. The answer is given in the Bible – God is a covenant keeping God who saves sinners through the work of Jesus Christ – the Mediator of the Covenant of Grace. With keen insight, Samuel Rutherford unfolds the manner in which God save sinners seen through the three theological and biblically centered covenants found in the Bible: the Covenant of Life, the Covenant of Grace, and the Covenant of Redemption. This work is one of the most significant of Rutherford’s treatments of the biblical covenants, containing some of Rutherford’s most mature thoughts.
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Isaiah 41:14-16 (p. 1-26, 27-42) ; Hosea 8:1-8 (p. 43-65) ; John 20:9-13 (p. 66-83) ; Song of Solomon 5:3-6 (p. 84-115) ; Song of Solomon 5:7-10 (p. 116-151) ; Jeremiah 1: 4, 5 (p. 152-177) ; Jeremiah 1: 4, 5 (p. 178-196) ; Luke 15:11-12 (p. 197-216) ; Luke 15:11-13 (p. 217-232) ; Luke 15:14-19 (p. 233-248) ; Luke 15:20-21 (p. 249-267) ; Luke 15:22-23 (p. 268-284) ;Luke 15:24-28 (p. 285-302) ; Luke 15:29-32 (p. 303-322) ; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (p. 323-347) ; Philippians 3:7-8 (p. 348-367) Philippians 3:8 (p. 368-384).
This work has been brought up to date and revised to drink from the wells of its zealous and hearty resolve for the truth by those who both preached and taught the doctrine which stood behind both the National Covenant in Scotland, and Solemn League and Covenant. These documents create a religious and binding foundation for the framers of the Westminster Confession of Faith, and the Catechisms. What was their purpose? To uphold the “reformation and defense of religion.” They desired this, 1) to preserve “the reformed religion in the Church of Scotland, in doctrine, worship, discipline, and government, against our common enemies,” and 2) to bring about the “reformation of religion in the kingdoms of England and Ireland, in doctrine, worship, discipline, and government, according to the Word of GOD, and the example of the best reformed Churches.” Such a consensus of unity on the issue of doctrine should be a hearty witness to the 21st century’s church. Authors include Samuel Rutherford, James Kerr, Alexander Henderson, Philip Nye, Thomas Case, Joseph Caryl, Edmund Calamy, Robert Douglas, and many more.