on Wanting More of Him

I have little, little of him, but I want more.-Samuel Rutherford

  1. I like this quotation. Simple. To the point.

  2. I have little, little of him, but I want more.-Samuel Rutherford

    A statement such as the above perplexes the mind. How do we explain this? Does the Lord Jesus come to us in parts? Does not Scripture teach that, “And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace”. [John 1:16]. And again, “For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power” [Col 2:9,10]. And finally, how do we square the above statement of Godly Rutherford with the Lord’s declaration – “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst” [Jn 6:35]?

    In order to understand the above statement, we need to understand that all of New Testament Theology is qualified by the tension between the already and the not yet.

    Take for instance the unspeakable gift of Grace. We have already received grace; even grace for grace and an abundance of grace; yet we are admonished to hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto us at the revelation of Jesus Christ [1Pet 1:13]; and that God in the ages to come will show us the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. [Eph 2:7].

    We are already saved by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ [Eph 2:8,9]. Yet the Scripture speaks of a future Salvation. [see Rom 5:9,10.] ‘Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us’! [2Cor 1:10]

    The Kingdom of God is already here, even ‘within us,’ yet we pray “Thy Kingdom come”.

    Even so though we have received Christ and He dwells in our hearts by faith in all His fullness [Jn 1:16], we have only as it were tasted the Lord [1Pet 2:3]. To “taste” is to have a personal experience of, in contrast from mere knowledge. Tasting does not include eating, much less digesting and turning into nourishment what is so tasted.

    The regenerated soul has found its satisfaction in God as He is revealed in Christ. And this is indeed Eternal life, i.e. to know Him the only true God and Jesus Christ whom He hath sent [Jn 17:3]. Yet we know Him only in part and to the extent he hath chosen to reveal Himself.

    There is in the heart of the regenerate an INSATIABLE hunger for MORE of the ‘Bread of Heaven’ and an UNQUENCHABLE thirst for MORE of the ‘Water of life’. The Apostle yearned for the Excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus his Lord: for whom he said, “I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” [Phil 3:8].

    God is incomprehensible! But the incomprehensibility of the Divine nature is not a reason why we should desist from reverent inquiry and prayerful strivings to apprehend what He has so graciously revealed of Himself in His Word. Because we are unable to acquire perfect knowledge, it would be folly to say we will therefore make no efforts to attain to any degree of it. [A.W. Pink]
    It has been well said that –

    “Nothing will so enlarge the intellect, nothing so magnify the whole soul of man, as a devout, earnest, continued, investigation of the great subject of the Deity. The most excellent study for expanding the soul is the science of Christ and Him crucified and the knowledge of the Godhead in the glorious Trinity.” (C. H. Spurgeon).

    Even in Heaven, we shall never know God as He fully knows us. The Saints in Heaven are glorified not ‘divine’. In their glorified state, Christians will still be finite creatures, and therefore, never able to fully comprehend the infinite God. [A.W. Pink]

    As one of old hath so wisely said –

    “The saints in heaven will see God with the eye of the mind, for He will be always invisible to the bodily eye; and will see Him more clearly than they could see Him by reason and faith, and more extensively than all His works and dispensations had hitherto revealed Him; but their minds will not be so enlarged as to be capable of contemplating at once, or in detail, the whole excellence of His nature. To comprehend infinite perfection, they must become infinite themselves. Even in Heaven, their knowledge will be partial, but at the same time their happiness will be complete, because their knowledge will be perfect in this sense, that it will be adequate to the capacity of the subject, although it will not exhaust the fullness of the object. We believe that it will be progressive, and that as their views expand, their blessedness will increase; but it will NEVER reach a limit beyond which there is nothing to be discovered; and when ages after ages have passed away, HE WILL STILL BE THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE GOD. (John Dick, 1840).

    J.C. Philpot said – the Christian is a “Mysterious creature! He cannot live without sinning, yet cannot live in sin; cannot live without prayer, and yet for days together cannot pray; continually finds religion a burden, yet would not part with it for the world; lusts after sin as a delicious morsel, yet hates it with a perfect hatred; esteems Christ the Chiefest among ten thousand, and yet is at times tried with doubts whether He is a Saviour at all”.

    Likewise the Christian is FULLY SATISFIED with Christ but laments that he has SO LITTLE of Him. Hence the cry –

    “I have little, little of him, but I want more”.-Samuel Rutherford

    • Yes, the tension of already, but not yet is everywhere in the chirstian life. Thanks so much for pointing us the the word of God for understanding.

  3. Dear Brethren at the Humanitasremedium, thank you so much for your encouragement! It is indeed a wonder that God should use a wretch like me to edify His Church in any manner.
    The small quotes you publish on these HR TWEETS are indeed a blessing, in that they motivate and encourage me to a more diligent study of God’s Word.
    You are doing a great work through your website. May God bless you and your labours for Him!

    • Sarah Martin
    • June 11th, 2010

    Did not read all of Mike’s first response- only skimmed a part- but I recently heard a woman say that she had been praying that She would have more of her Lord, but her prayer later became that “He would have more of me”.

    I do not want to disqualify the original quote- only to give another perspective on the same topic.

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