Excerpt From Writings Of Ralph Erskine


Ralph Erskine -- 1685 to 1752

In Scots Free Church history there is a group of Churches who are to this day
called "Erskinites" because they followed in the steps of this great preacher and
leader among their Churches.

O glorious Lover! the Son of God! He loved me. A person of no mean quality. Love is grateful to us from any person, but the greater and worthier the person, the dearer and more grateful must his love be to us. But who so great as He who is the Son of God, of equal dignity and greatness with His eternal Father; the King eternal and immortal, without beginning and without end; the Prince of the kings of the earth; He who is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end; He that hath upon His vesture and upon His thigh this name written, King of Kings and Lord of lords? This is the Lover; and His love must of necessity be greater than any other love, for He Himself is the greatest of all.

The quality of the person doth commend His exceeding great love. O, who is this Lover "that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah"? This that is "glorious in His apparel, travelling in the greatness of His strength"? Who is this King of glory? Who but God manifested in the flesh, and whose going forth was of old, from everlasting, who is the true God and eternal life. O, who can declare His generation, who is the only-begotten of the Father, whose name is Jehovah our righteousness, whose name is I AM THAT I AM, whose Name is Emmanuel, God with us? He is the Person loving.

He loved; and He loved because He loved. There is no reason of His love but His love. "Jacob have I loved"; this is all the reason. Love in God is God Himself loving, and therefore it must have all the qualities that belong to the nature of God. God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable. Therefore His love must be a pure and spiritual love, an infinite and boundless love, eternal and unchangeable love. He loved. O, this act is glorious like Himself. His love must be an infinitely wise love, for He is wisdom; a powerful love, able to bring about all His lovely designs that infinite wisdom contrives. It must be infinitely holy love, love accompanied with holiness, love accompanied with justice, love accompanied with goodness and truth. He is an infinitely true and faithful Lover, and hence whom He loves, He loves unto the end.

As His love is accompanied with all divine perfections, so with all loving offices. As a Prophet, His love is teaching love, instructing love, enlightening love, directing, counselling, and conducting love. As a Priest, His love is justifying and pardoning love, reconciling, peace-making, and accepting love. As a King, His love is soul-conquering, sin-subduing love. As a Shepherd, His love is leading and feeding love. As a Surety, His love is debt-paying love. As Mediator between God and man, His love is interposing and interceding love. His love is suited to His nature as God-Man. As God there is divinity in it; it is divine love. And as Man, there is humanity in it; it is a human and natural love. And as God-Man in one person, His love must be a divinely human and humanly divine love.

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