The blog today will not be in my own words, but some that I just recently saw from Charles Spurgeon! If you are a born again believer in the Lord JESUS, then you ARE the church, and the Bride of Christ! These beautiful words, directly from the Word of God Himself, describe YOU!
"Thou art all fair, my love." — Song of Solomon 4:7
The Lord's admiration of His Church is very wonderful, and His description of her beauty is very glowing. She is not merely fair, but "all fair." He views her in Himself, washed in His sin-atoning blood and clothed in His meritorious righteousness, and He considers her to be full of comeliness and beauty. No wonder that such is the case, since it is but His own perfect excellency that He admires; for the holiness, glory, and perfection of His Church are His own glorious garments on the back of His own well-beloved spouse. She is not simply pure, or well-proportioned; she is positively lovely and fair! She has actual merit! Her deformities of sin are removed; but more, she has through her Lord obtained a meritorious righteousness by which an actual beauty is conferred upon her. Believers have a positive righteousness given to them when they become "accepted in the beloved" (Ephesians 1:6). Nor is the Church barely lovely, she is superlatively so. Her Lord styles her "Thou fairest among women." She has a real worth and excellence which cannot be rivalled by all the nobility and royalty of the world. If Jesus could exchange His elect bride for all the queens and empresses of earth, or even for the angels in heaven, He would not, for He puts her first and foremost—"fairest among women." Like the moon she far outshines the stars. Nor is this an opinion which He is ashamed of, for He invites all men to hear it. He sets a "behold" before it, a special note of exclamation, inviting and arresting attention. "Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair" (Song of Solomon 4:1). His opinion He publishes abroad even now, and one day from the throne of His glory He will avow the truth of it before the assembled universe. "Come, ye blessed of my Father" (Matthew 25:34), will be His solemn affirmation of the loveliness of His elect.We may not always FEEL like this is who we are, but God does not, and He cannot, lie! This IS who we REALLY are! When we are free of the nature of the flesh and the effects of a world operating under the curse, THEN we will see, hear and KNOW more clearly! The Good News is that we don't have to wait until we see HIM face to face to BEGIN to understand the things of God! Hosea (Hosea 6:3) says that we know WHEN we follow on to know the LORD! I hope that YOU are doing so on a daily basis!
Now if you have never received JESUS as your own LORD and personal Savior, then you have no possibility of knowing, for the Word of God that brings the knowledge of the LORD can only be understood by those with a reborn spirit! Nor are you a member of God's family. You are His creation, but NOT His child! The REALLY great Good News is that you CAN be! Just believe that, as a sinner, you need a Savior! Believe that JESUS came to this earth, died the death on the cross for YOU! Was raised from the dead VICTORIOUS over sin, satan and death! Now Accept Him as your Savior, receive Him as your Lord, and dive into His Word to learn even more of Who He is, and who YOU are - IN HIM! AMEN! Here is the prayer that we use to pray with those who desire to be born again!
Almighty God, I am a sinner. I believe that Jesus Christ came to this earth, died on the cross for me, was raised from the dead, and is now seated at Your right hand. I accept and receive Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour and I invite Him to come into my heart and become Lord over my life. I thank You now Father, for welcoming me into Your family. You are my Father. I am Your child. Jesus is my Lord! Amen.
Now, as a child of the Living God, the beautiful description of His bride refers to YOU, also! This IS who you are! This IS how HE sees YOU! Never forget this, and refuse to let anyone steal this TRUTH from you! Some people, even believers who are ignorant of the TRUTHS of God's Word, may try to talk you out of what is YOURS as a child of God! Love them, pray for them, but do NOT listen to them! Continually remind yourself that this is how GOD sees you! Encourage yourself in the LORD by reminding yourself of these words and you should never have a truly 'down day' again! Soon, and very soon, we are going to see our KING JESUS face to face! Let's occupy our proper places until then, getting to know HIM more each and every day! What a BLESSED life He has given us! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Saviour King":
Shalom in Him!