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The Right Rule of Our Love to Christ


by Ralph Erskine


See here the right rule of our love to Christ, namely to love him as the Father
loves him. Wherein should our love to Christ resemble the Father's love? Why,
the Father's love to the Son was evidenced in choosing him to be our Saviour and
Surety: so should our love to Christ be manifested in making choice of him to be
our Saviour and Surety; insomuch, that as God hath laid all our help upon him,
so we should lay all our help where God hath laid it. Again, the Father's love
to the Son was evidenced in giving all things into his hand: thus should our
love to Christ be evidenced in putting all things in his hand as the Father
doth; and particularly, you may put your hearts in his hand, that he may keep
them; put your souls in his hand, that he may save them; put your plagues in his
hand, that he may heal them; put your corruptions in his hand, that he may
weaken and subdue them. Put your wants in his hand, that he may supply them; put
your work in his hand, that he may work all your works in you, and for you; put
your burdens in his hand, that he may bear them: put all things in his hand, and
thus evidence your love to him, by putting honour upon him as a Prophet, to
teach you; as a Priest, to pardon; and as a King, to conquer you by his grace,
and crown you with his glory.






 

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