Samuel Rutherford Quotes

Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661) was a minister, covenanter, and one of the Scottish Commissioners to the Westminster Assembly. Rutherford was born about the year 1600 near Nisbet, Scotland. Little is known of his early life. In 1627 he earned a M.A. from Edinburgh College, where he was appointed Professor of Humanity. He became pastor of the church in Anwoth in 1627, was a rural parish, and the people were scattered in farms over the hills. He had a true pastor’s heart, and he was ceaseless in his labors for his flock. We are told that men said of Rutherford, “He was always praying, always preaching, always visiting the sick, always catechising, always writing and studying.”

“Christ and His cross are not separable in this life, howbeit Christ and His cross part at heaven’s door, for there is no house-room for crosses in heaven. One tear, one sigh, one sad heart, one fear, one loss, one thought of trouble cannot find lodging there.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Believe God’s love and power more than you believe your own feelings and experiences. Your rock is Christ, and it is not the rock that ebbs and flows but the sea.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“I know that, as night and shadows are good for flowers, and moonlight and dews are better than a continual sun, so is Christ’s absence of special use, and that it hath some nourishing virtue in it, and giveth sap to humility, and putteth an edge on hunger, and funisheth a fairfield to faith to put forth itself, and to exercise its fingers in gripping it seeth not what.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“I assure you by the Lord, your adversaries shall get no advantage against you, except you sin, and offend your Lord, in your sufferings.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“When I am in the cellar of affliction, I look for the Lord’s choicest wines.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Since He looked upon me my heart is not my own, He hath run away to heaven with it.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Set no time to the Lord the creator of time, for His time is always best.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“I rejoice in the hope of that glory to be revealed, for it is no uncertain glory that we look for. Our hope is not hung upon such an untwisted thread as, “I imagine so,” or “It is likely,” but the cable, the strong tow of our fastened anchor, is the oath and promise of Him who is eternal verity. Our salvation is fastened with God’s own hand, and with Christ’s own strength, to the strong stake of God’s unchangeable nature.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“O my Lord Jesus Christ, if I could be in heaven without Thee, it would be hell; and if I could be in hell, and have Thee still, it would be heaven to me, for Thou are all the heaven I want.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Our little time of suffering is not worthy of our first night’s welcome home to Heaven.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Next to Christ I have one joy: to preach Christ my Lord.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Why should I tremble at the plow of my Lord that makes deep furrows on my soul? For He is no idle husbandman, He purposes a crop.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“You will not be carried to Heaven lying at ease upon a feather bed.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“My faith has no bed to sleep upon but omnipotence.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“We never with our eyes saw our own soul; yet we have a soul. We see many rivers, but we know not their first spring and original fountain; yet they have a beginning. …When ye are come to the other side…set down your foot on the shore of glorious eternity, and look back again to the waters and to your wearisome journey, and shall see, in that clear glass of endless glory, nearer to the bottom of God’s wisdom, ye shall then be forced to say, ‘If God had done otherwise with me than He hath done, I had never come to the enjoying of this crown of glory.’ It is your part now to believe, and suffer, and hope, and wait on…” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Of all created comforts, God is the lender; you are the borrower, not the owner.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Millions of hells of sinners cannot come near to exhaust infinite grace.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Think it not hard if you get not your will, nor your delights in this life; God will have you to rejoice in nothing but Himself.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Jesus Christ came into my prison cell last night, and every stone flashed like a ruby.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Grace tried is better than grace, and more than grace; it is glory in its infancy.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Verily, we know not what an evil it is to indulge ourselves, and to make an idol of our will.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“See that you buy the field where the Pearl is; sell all, and make a purchase of salvation. Think it not easy: for it is a steep ascent to eternal glory: many are lying dead by the way, slain with security.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“I have been benefited by praying for others; for by making an errand to God for them I have gotten something for myself.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“To believe Christ’s cross to be a friend, as he himself is a friend, is also a special act of faith.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Oh my debt of praise, how weighty is it, and how far run up! Oh that others would lend me to pay, and teach me to praise!” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“We take nothing to the grave with us, but a good or evil conscience… It is true, terrors of conscience cast us down; and yet without terrors of conscience we cannot be raised up again.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Come all crosses, welcome, welcome! so I may get my heart full of my Lord Jesus.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“If ye never had a sick night and a pained soul for sin, ye have not yet lighted upon Christ.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“It is in some respect greater love in Jesus to sanctify than to justify, for He maketh us most like Himself, in His own essential portraiture and image in sanctifying us.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Make not Christ a liar by distrusting His promise.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Welcome, welcome cross of Christ, if Christ be with it.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Through many afflictions we must enter into the kingdom of God … It is folly to think to steal to heaven with a whole skin.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“I find my Lord Jesus cometh not in the precise way that I lay wait for Him. He hath a manner of His own. Oh, how high are His ways above my ways.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“My desire is that my Lord would give me broader and deeper thoughts, to feed myself with wondering at His love.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“The hope of Heaven under troubles is like wind and sails to the soul.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“There is as much in our Lord’s pantry as will satisfy all his children and as much wine in his cellar as will quench all their thirst. Hunger on, for there is meat in hungering for Christ; go never from him, but seek him who is yet pleased with the importunity of hungry souls until he fills you; if he delays, yet do not go away, even if you faint at his feet.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Build your nest in no tree here…for the Lord of the forest has condemned the whole woods to be demolished.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“I see Christ’s love is so kingly, that it will not abide a marrow it must have a throne all alone in the soul.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Christ has no velvet crosses.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Show yourself a Christian by suffering without murmuring. In patience possess your soul – they lose nothing who gain Christ.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Every day we may see some new thing in Christ. His love hath neither brim nor bottom.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Faint not; the miles to Heaven are but few and short.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“My dear friend, venture to take the wind on your face for Christ.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Be not cast down. If ye saw Him who is standing on the shore, holding out His arms to welcome you to land, ye would wade, not only through a sea of wrongs, but through hell itself to be with Him.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“When the race is ended, and the play is either won or lost, and ye are in the utmost circle and border of time, and shall put your foot within the march of eternity, all the good things of your short nightdream shall seem to you like ashes of a blaze of thorns or straw.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Your heart is not the compass that God steers by.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Live on Christ’s love while ye are here, and all the way.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Keep God’s covenant in your trials; hold you by His blessed word, and sin not; flee anger, wrath, grudging, envying, fretting; forgive a hundred pence to your fellow-servant, because your Lord hath forgiven you ten thousand talents: for, I assure you by the Lord, your adversaries shall get no advantage against you, except you sin, and offend your Lord, in your sufferings.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“I wonder many times that ever a child of God should have a sad heart, considering what the Lord is preparing for him.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Let us be faithful and care for our own part, which is to do and suffer for Him, and lay Christ’s part on Himself, and leave it there; duties are ours, events are the Lord’s.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“There is nothing that will make you a Christian indeed, but a taste of the sweetness of Christ.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“It is certain that this is not only good which the Almighty has done, but that it is best; He hath reckoned all your steps to heaven.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“The devil is but a whetstone to sharpen the faith and patience of the saints.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“The weightiest end of the cross of Christ that is laid upon you, lieth upon your strong Savior.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“My Lord Jesus has fully recompensed my sadness with his joys, my losses with his own presence. I find it a sweet and rich thing to exchange my sorrows with Christ’s joys, my afflictions with that sweet peace I have with himself.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Praise God for the hammer, the file, and the furnace. The hammer molds us, the file sharpens us, and the fire tempers us.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“We are as near to Heaven as we are far from self, and far from the love of a sinful world.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Grace grows best in winter.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“How soon would faith freeze without a cross!” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“They lose nothing that gain Christ.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Set not your heart upon the world, since God hath not made it your portion.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Christ chargeth me to believe His daylight at midnight.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Be not proud of race, face, place, or grace.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“But the way to overcome is by patience, forgiving and praying for your enemies, in doing whereof you heap coals upon their heads, and your Lord shall open a door to you in your trouble: wait upon Him, as the night watch waiteth for the morning. He will not tarry. Go up to your watch-tower, and come not down, but by prayer, and faith, and hope, wait on.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Were there ten thousand millions of heavens created above these highest heavens, and again as many above them, and as many above them, till angels were wearied with counting, it were but too low a seat to fix the princely throne of that Lord Jesus (whose ye are) above them all.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“I find that when the saints are under trial and well humbled, little sins raise great cries in the conscience; but in prosperity, conscience is a pope that gives dispensations and great latitude to our hearts. The cross is therefore as needful as the crown is glorious.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Oh, thrice fools are we, who like new-born princes weeping in the cradle, know not that there is a kingdom before them; then, let our Lord’s sweet hand square us, and hammer us, and strike off the knots of pride, self-love, and world-worship, and infidelity, that He may make us stones and pillars in His Father’s house.” ~Samuel Rutherford

“We may sing beforehand, even in our winter storm, in the expectation of a summer sun at the turn of the year; no created powers can mar our Lord Jesus’ music, nor spill our song of joy. Let us then be glad and rejoice in the salvation of our Lord; for faith had never yet cause to have wet cheeks, and hanging-down brows, or to droop or die.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“The cross of Christ is the sweetest burden that I ever bore; it is such a burden as wings are to a bird, or sails to a ship, to carry me forward to my harbor.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“I but mar His praises; nay, I know no comparison of what Christ is, and what His worth is: all the angels, and all the glorified, praise Him not so much as in halves: who can advance Him or utter all His praises?” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“The thorn is one of the most cursed, and angry, and crabbed weeds that the earth yieldeth, and yet out of it springeth the rose, one of the sweetest-smelled flowers, and most delightful to the eye, that the earth hath. Your Lord shall make joy and gladness out of your afflictions; for all His roses have a fragrant smell. Wait for the time when His own holy hand shall hold them to your nose…” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“You must learn to make your evils your great good; and to spin comforts, peace, joy, communion with Christ, out of your troubles, which are Christ’s wooers, sent to speak for you from Himself.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“If ye were not Christ’s wheat, appointed to be bread in His house, He would not grind you.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“There is none like Him; I would not exchange one smile of His lovely face with kingdoms.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Christ is a well of life, but who knoweth how deep it is to the bottom? This soul of ours hath love, and cannot but love some fair one; and O, what a fair One, what an only One, what an excellent, lovely, ravishing One is Jesus.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Heaven is but a company of noble venturers for Christ. They are not worthy of Him who will not take a blow for the Master’s sake.” ~ Samuel Rutherford

“Dry wells send us to the fountain.” ~ Samuel Rutherford