The Beauty of the Bride!
Merry Monday by Parris Bailey
Song of Solomon 1:9-11 “I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh’s chariots. Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold. We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver.”
God is the master builder, and what He starts He finishes. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity in their hearts.” He is the author and the finisher of this good work, so it cannot miscarry. Whatever is wanting in the church, whatever is lacking, He will perfect it in beauty and holiness for He adds to it grace upon grace! Now that is some good preaching!
“For the Lord takes pleasure in His people, He will beautify the humble with salvation.” Ps.149:4 John Gill says- “The church has her golden chain, or pearl necklace; which are either the graces of the Spirit, so linked together, that where there is one there are all; and which consists of those ten links, or pearls, faith, hope, love, repentance, humility, patience, self-denial, contentment in every state, spiritual knowledge, long-suffering, or forbearance; sincerity goes through them all. Or else the spiritual blessings of the covenant of grace, with which the church and all the saints are blessed in Christ at once, and with one and all; and which golden chain of salvation, one link of which cannot be broken.”
You are the Bride of Christ, He gives us beauty where there was ashes. I pray that you can put on Christ, seek Him in your chamber, shut the door and our precious Father will reward you.
“We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver.” Spurgeon goes onto to say, “Christ here promises to the church a greater glory than as yet she had enjoyed; and seems to have respect to the Gospel dispensation; for by “golden borders” studded with “silver” may be meant the ordinances of the Gospel, preferable to those under the law; and therefore said to be of “gold [and] silver”, for their glory, splendor, and durableness: and the doctrines of the Gospel, being of more worth than thousands of gold and silver; are full of silver “specks” or “studs” of exceeding great and precious promises; a variety of them useful and pleasant; a greater measure of the grace of the Spirit may be here promised.”
The church’s beauty is not natural, but from the jewels where Christ adorns her. Now it is up to us to receive this beauty, to put on these precious ornaments or in other words to put on Christ. Your not the same, we have been given a divine nature. It is only by the revelation of the Holy Spirit that this precious truth can be revealed to you.
Father touch us in such a way that we can see the beauty of your Bride is my prayer.
Rev.21: 9-11 “And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.”