Friday, July 22, 2011

Altogether lovely

"Yes, He is altogether lovely! This is my Beloved, and this is my Friend." Song of Songs 5:16


John Flavel preached a sermon on SOS 5:16 back in the day. You can read it HERE and it is well-worth your time. What I want to share in this post is some of Flavel's description of Christ's being lovely in His relations. Read these rich descriptions of the Savior and set Him before you as the most "excellent of men" (Psalm 45:2) and worthy of all of our praise and adoration. Oh, that we would have hearts that desire to know more about our Savior!


Christ is Lovely in His Relations

First, He is a lovely Redeemer, Isa. 61:1. He came to open the prison-doors to those who are bound. This Redeemer must be a lovely one; if we consider the depth of misery from which he redeemed us, even "from the wrath to come," 1 Thess. 1:10. Consider the numbers redeemed, and the means of their redemption. Rev. 5:9, "And they sang a new song, saying, 'You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood, out of every kindred and tongue, and people and nation.'" He redeemed us not with silver and gold, but with his own precious blood, by way of price, 1 Pet. 1:18,19. with his out-stretched and glorious arm, by way of power, Col. 1:13. he redeemed us freely, Eph. 1:7, fully Rom. 8:1, at the right time, Gal. 4:4, and out of special and particular love, John 17:9. In a word, he has redeemed us forever, never more to come into bondage, 1 Pet. 1:5. John 10:28. O how lovely is Jesus Christ in the relation of a Redeemer to God's elect!

Secondly, He is a lovely Bridegroom to all that he betroths to himself. How does the church glory in him, in the words following my text; "this is my Beloved, and this is my Friend, O you daughters of Jerusalem!" Heaven and earth cannot show anyone like him, which needs no fuller proof than the following particulars...


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