Posted by: the watchmen | December 1, 2007

CH Spurgeon – December 2.

December 2-Morning {Daily Reading: #Ga 4:1-6:18} {Quick Study: #Ga 1:1-6:18}

“Thou art all fair, my love.” {#So 4:7}

The Lord’s admiration of his Church is very wonderful, and
his description of her beauty is very glowing. She is not merely
fair, but “all fair.” He views her in himself, washed in
his sin atoning blood and clothed in his meritorious
righteousness, and he considers her to be full of comeliness and
beauty. No wonder that such is the case, since it is but his own
perfect excellency that he admires; for the holiness, glory, and
perfection of his Church are his own glorious garments on the
back of his own well beloved spouse. She is not simply pure, or
well proportioned; she is positively lovely and fair! She has
actual merit! Her deformities of sin are removed; but more, she
has through her Lord obtained a meritorious righteousness by
which an actual beauty is conferred upon her. Believers have a
positive righteousness given to them when they become “accepted
in the beloved.” {#Eph 1:6} Nor is the Church barely lovely, she
is superlatively so. Her Lord styles her “Thou fairest among
women.” She has a real worth and excellence which cannot be
rivalled by all the nobility and royalty of the world. If Jesus
could exchange his elect bride for all the queens and empresses
of earth, or even for the angels in heaven, he would not, for he
puts her first and foremost—”fairest among women.” Like the
moon she far outshines the stars. Nor is this an opinion which
he is ashamed of, for he invites all men to hear it. He sets a
“behold” before it, a special note of exclamation, inviting and
arresting attention. “Behold, thou art fair, my love;
behold, thou art fair.” {So 4:1} His opinion he
publishes abroad even now, and one day from the throne of his
glory he will avow the truth of it before the assembled
universe. “Come, ye blessed of my Father,” {#Mt 25:34} will be
his solemn affirmation of the loveliness of his elect.

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