The conjugal (marriage) love of Christ for his saints, consists in these four things:—
- Delight. 2. Valuation. 3. Pity, or compassion. 4. Bounty.
The love, also, of the saints unto Christ may be referred to these four heads:— Delight; Valuation; Chastity; Duty. Note two of these are of the same kind (delight and valuation), and two distinct; as is required in this relation, wherein all things stand not on equal terms.
Christ delights in us (Zeph. 3:17) and we delight in him.He is our joy, our crown, our rejoicing, our life, food, health, strength, desire, righteousness, salvation, blessedness: without him we have nothing; in him we shall find all things Gal. 6:14, “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” He has, from the foundation of the world, been the hope, expectation, desire, and delight of all believers. The promise of him was all (and it was enough) that God gave Adam in his inexpressible distress, to relieve and comfort him, Gen. 3:15. Abraham “rejoiced to see the day of Christ; he saw it, and was glad,” John 8:56; the thoughts of the coming of Christ, which he looked on at the distance of two thousand years, was the joy and delight of his heart. Hence, Haggai 2:7, he is called “The Desire of all nations.” Him whom their soul loves and delights in, [they] desire and long after. So is the saints’ delight in him made a description of him, by way of eminence, Mal. 3:1: “The Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant whom ye delight in.” “He whom ye seek, whom ye delight in,” is the description of Christ. He is their delight and desirable one, the person of their desire. Song of Solomon is full of this attitude-JK. The spouse tells us that she sits down under his shadow with great delight, Song.2: 3.