Communion with God (14)

Scripture describes Christ (the only mediator-JK) as exceeding excellent, comely, and desirable,— far above comparison with the chiefest, choicest created good, or any endearment imaginable. Ps. xlv. 2, “Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips” He is, beyond comparison, more beautiful and gracious than any here below. “Thy fairness, O king Messiah, is more excellent than the sons of men.” Inward beauty and glory is here expressed. Isa. iv. 2, the prophet affirms that he shall be “beautiful and glorious, excellent and comely;” “for in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily,” Col. ii. 9. Cant. v. 9, the spouse is inquired of as to this very thing, even concerning the personal excellencies of the Lord Christ, her beloved: “What is thy Beloved” (say the daughters of Jerusalem) “more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? what is thy Beloved more than another beloved?” and she returns this answer, verse 10, “My Beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand;” and so proceedeth to a particular description of him by his excellencies to the end of the chapter, and there concludeth that “he is altogether lovely,” verse 16; whereof at large afterward. Particularly, he is here affirmed to be “white and ruddy;” a due mixture of which colours composes the most beautiful complexion (TBC).

John Owen

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