Letter of Samuel Eyles Pierce

My Dear Mrs. Hodge,
From the interview I had yesterday with your beloved partner, I find you are unwell. As I sincerely respect you for the Lord’s sake, I thought I would address a few lines to you, it being probable I may see London before I return to Cornwall; if so, then I shall not return by way of Plymouth and Dock.

In a certain sense this is a truth, that it matters not where a believer in Christ is, at home or abroad; nor in what circumstances he is, whether sick or in health; because Jesus Christ is with him. His eye is upon him for good; his everlasting arms are underneath him; yea, the believer is in Christ, one in him, and one with him–bound up in the bundle of life with him; and Jesus saith, “because I live, ye shall live also.”

I do conclude, you have tasted that the Lord is gracious; found that in his favour there is life, and his loving-kindness is better than the life itself: that Jesus is to you precious. Blessings on the slaughtered Lamb, he hath “loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.” This love is everlasting. It is the standing miracle of heaven. The heights, depths, lengths, and breadths of it, cannot by unfolded, no not in glory. It is infinite, it is incomprehensible; and Jesus hath in a most amazing way and manner expressed his love to the many which the Father hath given him. Before time began, he undertook as their head and surety, in the covenant of the Trinity, to be their Saviour and Redeemer, from sin, Satan, death, and hell. In the fulness of time he became incarnate, and bore all the sins of his people, “on his body on the tree,” and was made “a curse for us.” He hath made his soul “an offering for sin,” and his blood “cleanseth us from all sin.” In him we are saved with an everlasting salvation; in him we are sanctified, justified, accepted; have redemption, even the forgiveness of sins; in him we are complete.
My dear friend, look off every object and thing, look wholly out of yourself, and look immediately to and intensely on the Lord Jesus, as having borne your sins, and carried your sorrows. Mount higher, and consider what you were in Christ before the foundation of the world. As the object and subject of God’s everlasting love, you were chosen by the Father in Christ, before the foundation of the world: so that before all time you were in Christ, united to, interested in, and related to the Lord Jesus. Here is the believer’s blessedness; he is in Christ, and the whole heart of Christ is immutably fixed on his beloved ones. He was their Head before time began: they had a virtual representative being and existence in him from everlasting. They had grace given them in him before the world was. What the love of God is–how great, how immense–it is out of the power of all saints on earth or in heaven to say!

Do but think with yourself what it must be to shine in Christ before Jehovah the Father, to be viewed by him in Jesus our head and representative, to be beloved of him with all the love of his heart, and for that love to extend from eternity to eternity; to be kept up, fed, and continued in the infinite mind of God with perpetual pleasure, with infinite delight, in continual vigour; so that the Lord is fain to express himself thus,—“I have loved thee with an everlasting love, therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee. The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty, he will save, he will rejoice over thee with singing!” Here I must stop; it is ineffable, it is incomprehensible love! and must cry out, “O the depth!”

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