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The Letters of Samuel Rutherford
Letter # 137
"Acquaint yourself with Christ's love, and ye shall not miss to find new
golden mines and treasures in Christ. Nay, truly, we but stand beside Christ,
we go not in to Him to take our fill of Him. But if He would do two things,--(1)
Draw the curtains, and make bare His holy face; and then (2) Clear our dim and
bleared eyes, to see His beauty and glory. He should find many lovers. I would
seek no more happiness than a sight of Him so near-hand, as to see, hear, smell,
and touch, and embrace Him. But oh, closed doors and vails, and curtains, and
thick clouds hold me in pain, while I find the sweet burning of His love, that
many waters cannot quench! Oh, what sad hours have I, when I think that the
love of Christ bloweth by me! Oh, what am I, to love such a One, or to be loved
by that high and lofty One! I think the angels may blush to look upon Him; and
what am I to defile such infinite brightness with my sinful eyes! O that Christ
would come near, and stand still, and give me leave to look upon Him! For to
look seemeth the poor man's privilege, since he may, for nothing and without
hire, behold the sun. I should have a king's life, if I had no other thing to
do, than for evermore to behold and eye my fair Lord Jesus!"
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