Little Grace; Truth of Grace

June 9, 2010

Christian Life, General

A Letter By Anne Dutton

[Anne Dutton stands unique among ecclesiastical writers from the early nineteenth century.  From what I’ve read so far, her writings are fabulously passionate, sensitive, yet doctrinally rigid.  Samuel Rutherford will come to mind as you read her letters because they, like his, drip with the love of Christ and encouragement for believers.  Reformed female writers from this era are extremely rare.  She wrestled with the notion of publishing her work because she was concerned about the role of women with regards to teaching and the Scriptural impropriety of doing so.  Thankfully for us, much of her work still exists. – DB]

Dear Madam,

Do not fear because you see so little grace in you that you have not the truth of grace; and because you see so much sin that you are all sin. For consider, grace is yet but in its infant state; and corruption, that makes against it such great opposition, is like an enraged, mighty giant. And is it any wonder to see an infant knocked down frequently, and laid for dead sensibly, by the wrathful hand of a giant, and especially by a giant, an irreconcilable enemy, that dwells with the infant, and seeks its destruction continually? No! A marvelous wonder it is that the power of sin, influenced by Satan, has not long since utterly slain the life of grace in you, in me, in all the called of God, and left it neither root nor branch!

And whence is this? Oh, it is because that little spark of the life of grace in us is in an inseparable union to an immense fullness of ever-flaming grace—life in Christ! So that, until sin and Satan can pluck Christ down from His high Throne in Heaven, they can never totally destroy the life of grace which is His life in us! Attempt it they will, and prevail against us in part, and for a time they may; but we, like Gad, though overcome by a troop, will be overcomers at last, and made more than conquerors through the love and blood of our incarnate God, our all-triumphant Head!

Therefore, dear Madam, in the Lord’s name let us set up our banner against sin and Satan, and go forth to the fight as those that are already blessed with a complete victory in Christ. And to cheer our spirits, let us consider that stronger is the Lord who is in us than all the force of the enemy that can possibly be against us; that ‘infant grace’ is and shall be maintained in life, and raised to its perfection by an Almighty arm; and that by the omnipotence of an Infinite God, the ‘giant sin’ shall have a full and eternal destruction! And then to Him we will forever shout Salvation! Mercy and peace be with you.

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