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Morning Devotional For
Thursday December 2, 2021
Time: 1:44 AM PST
"Thou art all fair, my love." --Song of Solomon 4:7
The Lord's admiration of His Church is very a 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" (Song of Sol. 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"
(Matt. 25:34), will be His solemn affirmation of the loveliness of His elect.
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