Song of Solomon 5* Christ's answer. (1) The disappointments of the church fromher own folly. (2-8) The excellences of Christ. (9-16)1 See how ready Christ is to accept the invitations of hispeople. What little good there is in us would be lost, if he didnot preserve it to himself. He also invites his beloved peopleto eat and drink abundantly. The ordinances in which they honourhim, are means of grace. 2-8 Churches and believers, by carelessness and security,provoke Christ to withdraw. We ought to notice our spiritualslumbers and distempers. Christ knocks to awaken us, knocks byhis word and Spirit, knocks by afflictions and by ourconsciences; thus, #Re 3:20|. When we are unmindful of Christ,still he thinks of us. Christ's love to us should engage ours tohim, even in the most self-denying instances; and we only can begainers by it. Careless souls put slights on Jesus Christ.Another could not be sent to open the door. Christ calls to us,but we have no mind, or pretend we have no strength, or we haveno time, and think we may be excused. Making excuses is makinglight of Christ. Those put contempt upon Christ, who cannot findin their hearts to bear a cold blast, or to leave a warm bed forhim. See the powerful influences of Divine grace. He put in hishand to unbolt the door, as one weary of waiting. This betokensa work of the Spirit upon the soul. The believer's rising aboveself-indulgence, seeking by prayer for the consolations ofChrist, and to remove every hinderance to communion with him;these actings of the soul are represented by the hands droppingsweet-smelling myrrh upon the handles of the locks. But theBeloved was gone! By absenting himself, Christ will teach hispeople to value his gracious visits more highly. Observe, thesoul still calls Christ her Beloved. Every desertion is notdespair. Lord, I believe, though I must say, Lord, help myunbelief. His words melted me, yet, wretch that I was, I madeexcuses. The smothering and stifling of convictions will be verybitter to think of, when God opens our eyes. The soul went inpursuit of him; not only prayed, but used means, sought him inthe ways wherein he used to be found. The watchmen wounded me.Some refer it to those who misapply the word to awakenedconsciences. The charge to the daughters of Jerusalem, seems tomean the distressed believer's desire of the prayers of thefeeblest Christian. Awakened souls are more sensible of Christ'swithdrawings than of any other trouble. 9-16 Even those who have little acquaintance with Christ,cannot but see amiable beauty in others who bear his image.There are hopes of those who begin to inquire concerning Christand his perfections. Christians, who are well acquainted withChrist themselves, should do all they can to make others knowsomething of him. Divine glory makes him truly lovely in theeyes of all who are enlightened to discern spiritual things. Heis white in the spotless innocence of his life, ruddy in thebleeding sufferings he went through at his death. Thisdescription of the person of the Beloved, would form, in thefigurative language of those times, a portrait of beauty ofperson and of grace of manners; but the aptness of some of theallusions may not appear to us. He shall come to be glorified inhis saints, and to be admired in all that believe. May his loveconstrain us to live to his glory.
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