THE BEAUTY OF THE NEW CREATION
And God raised us up with Christ
and seated us with him in the heavenly realms
in Christ Jesus —Ephesians 2:6
Lover: How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes behind your veil are doves. Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from Mount Gilead. Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn, coming up from the washing. Each has it‘s twin; not one of them is alone. Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon; your mouth is lovely. Your temples behind your veil are like the halves of a pomegranate. Your neck is like the tower of David, built with elegance; on it hang a thousand shields, all of them shields of warriors. Your two breasts are like two fawns, like twin fawns of a gazelle that browse among the lilies —Song 4:1-5
The Lord opens his heart to his beloved who is now seated with him in heaven. He can do this safely, because she will no longer appropriate any of his praise to herself.
She has been brought to such deep self-abasement in the wilderness, that now her union with him will keep her walking humbly with God. She is more sensitive to sin, more honest in confession of it, more conscious (in the clearer light of God‘s holiness) of her need of the blood of sprinkling on the mercy seat to keep her in unbroken communion with her Lord.
In the time of quiet which followed the conflict and suffering of the wilderness, she has also learned to be silent before the Lord. In the early days, when she was so eagerly longing to know him, most of the talking was on her side; He rarely spoke and then, only briefly. He knew she would “blaze abroad the matter” (Mark 1:45), and so he could not trust her with more than she needed.
Indeed, she gave the Lord no time to speak! She entered into his presence, began to talk immediately—poured out her heart—and then left the place of access without waiting to hear his voice or to know his mind.
“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my expectation comes from him” (Psalm 62:5) is now her attitude. There is silence in her whole being as she is united to her Lord — the silence of reverence and awe. He speaks from the deep quiet of his sanctuary within her heart. We can listen to him who “gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were” (Romans. 4:17), and maybe learn the secret of becoming partakers of the divine nature (II Peter 1:4).
The Bridegroom says, ― You are fair the maiden responds in the humility of faith, “May it be to me as you have said” (Luke 1:38), and her God becomes her beauty (Isaiah 60:19). She rests on his thou art, knowing that he will confirm his word with signs following. She no longer turns toward herself for evidence. She judges him faithful. His word is sufficient. He is the eternal I am who “speaks, and it is done.” At the creation of the world he said, “Let there be,” and “it was so” (Genesis 1:6-7)
This is the hearing of faith that obtains the promises; our Amen to his Yes, for “no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes‘ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen‘ is spoken by us to the glory of God” (II Corinthians 1:20).
There will be silence before you, oh Lord, and Praise awaits you, O God, in Zion —Psalm 65:1
“You are fair, My love,” is the language of the Risen Lord to the redeemed one, as he describes the characteristics of the new life in union with himself. She is not beautiful in herself but in him, for she is a new creation in Christ Jesus, though as yet far from the full stature of Christ. As she dwells in her Lord, she will grow continually to a more perfect knowledge of and likeness to her Creator (Colossians 3:10).
The new life must “grow up in ever part to the measure of his growth [i.e., to grow into him, is to grow to the standard of his growth] . . . even Christ” (Ephesians 4:15)
The Lord only gives his betrothed the outline which in him is Yes; her part is to add all diligence to say Amen, so that the outline can be filled up with himself — that at his appearing, she can be found ― perfect and entire, lacking nothing” (James 1:4)
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