Tuesday, June 10, 2014

No Spot

Having pronounced His Church positively full of beauty, our Lord confirms His praise by a precious negative, "There is no spot in you!" As if the thought occurred to the Bridegroom that the carping world would insinuate that He had only mentioned her lovely parts and had purposely omitted those features which were deformed or defiled; He sums up all by declaring her universally and entirely lovely, and utterly devoid of stain.

A spot may soon be removed, and is the very least thing that can disfigure beauty but even from this little blemish, the believer is delivered in his Lord's sight. If He had said there is no hideous scar, no horrible deformity, no repulsive ulcer we might even then have marveled. But when He testifies that she is free from the slightest spot, all these other forms of defilement are included, and the height of wonder is increased.

If He had but promised to remove all spots in heaven, we would have had eternal reason for joy. But when He speaks of it as already done who can restrain the most intense emotions of satisfaction and delight! O my soul, here is marrow and fatness for you; eat your full, and be satisfied with royal dainties!

Christ Jesus has no quarrel with His spouse. She often wanders from Him, and grieves Him but He does not allow her faults to affect His love. He sometimes chides but it is always in the tenderest manner, with the kindest intentions it is "My love" even then. There is no remembrance of our follies. He does not cherish ill thoughts of us but He pardons and loves as well after the offence as before it! It is well for us that it is so, for if Jesus were as mindful of injuries as we are how could He commune with us? Our precious Husband knows our silly hearts too well to take any offence at our follies and faults!

[Charles Spurgeon]
Song of Solomon 4:7 ... Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.
Ephesians 5:27 ... That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Hebrews 8:12 ... For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
2 Peter 3:14 ... Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.