Song of Solomon 6* Inquiry where Christ must be sought. (1) Where Christ may befound. (2,3) Christ's commendations of the church. (4-10) Thework of grace in the believer. (11-13)1 Those made acquainted with the excellences of Christ, and thecomfort of an interest in him, desire to know where they maymeet him. Those who would find Christ, must seek him early anddiligently. 2,3 Christ's church is a garden, enclosed, and separated fromthe world; he takes care of it, delights in it, and visits it.Those who would find Christ, must attend him in his ordinances,the word, sacraments, and prayer. When Christ comes to hischurch, it is to entertain his friends. And to take believers tohimself: he picks the lilies one by one; and at the great day hewill send forth his angels to gather all his lilies, that he maybe for ever admired in them. The death of a believer is not morethan the owner of a garden plucking a favourite flower; and Hewill preserve it from withering, yea, cause it to flourish forever, with increasing beauty. If our own hearts can witness forus that we are Christ's, question not his being ours, for thecovenant never breaks on his side. It is the comfort of thechurch, that he feeds among the lilies, that he takes delight inhis people. 4-10 All the real excellence and holiness on earth centre inthe church. Christ goes forth subduing his enemies, while hisfollowers gain victories over the world, the flesh, and thedevil. He shows the tenderness of a Redeemer, the delight hetakes in his redeemed people, and the workings of his own gracein them. True believers alone can possess the beauty ofholiness. And when their real character is known, it will becommended. Both the church and believers, at their firstconversion, look forth as the morning, their light being small,but increasing. As to their sanctification, they are fair as themoon, deriving all their light, grace, and holiness from Christ;and as to justification, clear as the sun, clothed with Christ,the Sun of righteousness, and fighting the good fight of faith,under the banners of Christ, against all spiritual enemies. 11-13 In retirement and in meditation the Christian characteris formed and perfected. But not in the retirement of the idle,the self-indulgent, or the trifler. When the Christian isreleased from the discharge of his duties in life, the world hasno attractions for him. His prayer is, that all things belongingto the Spirit may live and grow within him, and around him. Suchare the interesting cares and employments of him whom the worldwrongly deems unhappy, and lost to his true interests. Inhumility and self-abasement, the humble Christian would turnaway from the sight of all; but the Lord delights to honour him.Chiefly, however, may the reference be to the ministering angelswho shall be sent for the soul of the Christian. Their approachmay startle, but the departing soul shall find the Lord itsstrength and its portion for ever. The church is called theShulamite: the word signifies perfection and peace; not inherself, but in Christ, in whom she is complete, through hisrighteousness; and has peace, which he made for her through hisblood, and gives unto her by his Spirit.
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