Song of Solomon 4* Christ sets forth the graces of the church. (1-7) Christ'slove to the church. (8-15) The church desires further influencesof Divine grace. (16)1-7 If each of these comparisons has a meaning applicable tothe graces of the church, or of the faithful Christian, they arenot clearly known; and great mistakes are made by fancifulguesses. The mountain of myrrh appears to mean the mountainMoriah, on which the temple was built, where the incense wasburned, and the people worshipped the Lord. This was hisresidence till the shadows of the law given to Moses weredispersed by the breaking of the gospel day, and the rising ofthe Sun of righteousness. And though, in respect of his humannature, Christ is absent from his church on earth, and willcontinue to be so till the heavenly day break, yet he isspiritually present in his ordinances, and with his people. Howfair and comely are believers, when justified in Christ'srighteousness, and adorned with spiritual graces! when theirthoughts, words, and deeds, though imperfect, are pure,manifesting a heart nourished by the gospel! 8-15 Observe the gracious call Christ gives to the church. Itis, 1. A precept; so this is Christ's call to his church to comeoff from the world. These hills seem pleasant, but there are inthem lions' dens; they are mountains of the leopards. 2. As apromise; many shall be brought as members of the church, fromevery point. The church shall be delivered from her persecutorsin due time, though now she dwells among lions, #Ps 57:4|.Christ's heart is upon his church; his treasure is therein; andhe delights in the affection she has for him; its working in theheart, and its works in the life. The odours wherewith thespouse is perfumed, are as the gifts and graces of the Spirit.Love and obedience to God are more pleasing to Christ thansacrifice or incense. Christ having put upon his spouse thewhite raiment of his own righteousness, and the righteousness ofsaints, and perfumed it with holy joy and comfort, he is wellpleased with it. And Christ walks in his garden unseen. A hedgeof protection is made around, which all the powers of darknesscannot break through. The souls of believers are as gardensenclosed, where is a well of living water, #Joh 4:14; 7:38|, theinfluences of the Holy Spirit. The world knows not these wellsof salvation, nor can any opposer corrupt this fountain. Saintsin the church, and graces in the saints, are fitly compared tofruits and spices. They are planted, and do not grow ofthemselves. They are precious; they are the blessings of thisearth. They will be kept to good purpose when flowers arewithered. Grace, when ended in glory, will last for ever. Christis the source which makes these gardens fruitful; even a well ofliving waters. 16 The church prays for the influences of the blessed Spirit,to make this garden fruitful. Graces in the soul are as spicesin these gardens, that in them which is valuable and useful. Theblessed Spirit, in his work upon the soul, is as the wind. Thereis the north wind of conviction, and the south wind of comfort.He stirs up good affections, and works in us both to will and todo that which is good. The church invites Christ. Let him havethe honour of all the garden produces, and let us have thecomfort of his acceptance of it. We can invite him to nothingbut what is his own already. The believer can have no joy of thefruits, unless they redound some way or other to the glory ofChrist. Let us then seek to keep separate from the world, as agarden enclosed, and to avoid conformity thereto.
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