Communion with God (20)

 

 

Christ was pained as a woman in travail, until he had accomplished the redemption of his bride, Luke 12:50. Because he loved his church, he gave himself for it, Eph. 5:25, despising the shame, and enduring the cross, Heb. 12:2, that he might enjoy his bride, — that he might be for her, and she for him, and not for another, Hos. 3:3. This is joy, when he is thus crowned by his mother. It is believers that are mother and brother of this Solomon, Matt. 12:49, 50. They crown him in the day of his espousals, giving themselves to him, and becoming his glory, 2 Cor. 8:23. Thus he sets out his whole communion with his church under this allusion, and that most frequently. The time of his taking the church unto himself is the day of his marriage; and the church is his bride, his wife, Rev. 19:7, 8. The entertainment he makes for his saints is a wedding supper, Matt. 22:3. The graces of his church are the ornaments of his queen, Ps. 45:9–14; and the fellowship he has with his saints is as that which those who are mutually beloved in a conjugal relation do hold, Song of Solomon 1. Hence Paul, in describing these two, makes sudden and insensible transitions from one to the other, — Eph. 5, from verse 22 unto verse 32; concluding the whole with an application unto Christ and the church.

Do you often think of how you are married to Christ and he is your loving husband?-JK

John Owen

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