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The Church's Beauty and Happiness.

The Church's Beauty and Happiness.

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BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.



Ps. xlv. 13 — 16. The King's daughter is all glorious luitlwi : her
clothing is of wrought gold. She shall be hrought unto the
King in raiment of needle-work: the virgins her companio?is
thatfolloiv her shall be bi ought unto thee: ivith gladness and
rejoicing shall they be brought; they shall enter into the
King^s palace.
BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.



Ps. xlv. 13 — 16. The King's daughter is all glorious luitlwi : her
clothing is of wrought gold. She shall be hrought unto the
King in raiment of needle-work: the virgins her companio?is
thatfolloiv her shall be bi ought unto thee: ivith gladness and
rejoicing shall they be brought; they shall enter into the
King^s palace.

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THE CHURCH'S BEAUTY AD HAPPIESS. BY REV. C. SIMEO, M. A.Ps. xlv. 13 — 16. The King's daughter is all glorious luitlwi : her clothing is of wrought gold. She shall be hrought unto the King in raiment of needle-work: the virgins her companio?is thatfolloiv her shall be bi ought unto thee: ivith gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought; they shall enter into the King^s palace. AMOGST the Schoolmen of former days, there were many disputes about works of condignity, and works of congruity, as contributing to effect the sal- vation of men. That in no point of view whatever did works render men deserving of God's favours is the avowed sentiment of our Church ; yet to the full possession of salvation, it is quite necessary that every man be holy, and possess what the Scriptures eall "a meetness for the inheritance of the saints in light." The Church is here represented under the cha- racter of a Bride that is to be joined as in the mar- riage union to her Lord. For this she must be pre- pared : and a preparation shall be given her suited to the occasion. In the former part of this psalm, which is penned on the occasion of her marriage, the excellencies of her Lord are set forth : in this latter part, her excellencies also. Let us consider, L Her transcendent qualities — In the words which we have read, we see, 1 . The internal qualities of her mind — [" The King's daughter is all glorious within." She once, in her unconverted state, was corrupt even as others : but she has
 
been " born again," and " renewed in the spirit of her mind," and made altogether " a new creature." Once, being born only after the flesh, she had nothing but what was carnal : but now, having been born of the Spirit, she possesses a truly spiritual nature, or, as St. Peter expresses it, *' she is a partaker of the Divine nature*;" and is progressively " changed into the image of her Lord himself, from glory to glory, by the Spirit of the Lord''." Hence " the mind that was in Christ Jesus is found in her*^." She has the same views, the same principles, the same desires, * 2 Pet. i. 4. ^2 Cor. iii. 18, * Phil, ii, 5. 366.J THE church's beauty AD HAPPIESS. l59 desires, the same delights. There is indeed still a corrupt nature within her, " the flesh lusting against the Spirit, as well as the Spirit against the flesh :" but she longs to be holy, as her Lord ia holy ; and strives to be " perfect, as her Father which is in heaven is perfect." When compared with what she was, she differs as light from darkness : but in comparison of what she will be, she is only as the dawn to the meridian sun ; for " her path is as the shining light, which shineth more and more unto the perfect day."] 2. The external habits of her life — [" Her clothing is of wrought gold." This refers to the out- ward conversation, which is often in Scripture represented as a putting off of the old man, and putting on the new : " Put off, as concerning the former conversation," says the Apostle, " the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts ; and put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness'^." To the same eflfect is that other expression of his, " Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ^:" that is, let your whole deportment be such as his was ; so that any one who be- holds you may be constrained to confess, that you ^' walk as he walked V' and that, " as he was, so are ye in this worlds."
 
Such is every true Believer ; nor will the heavenly Bridegroom acknowledge as his, any one, whose spirit, and temper, and con- duct do not accord with his. " The raiment of needle-work" may fitly represent the assemblage of all diversified graces which adorn her. All her dispositions being duly chastised, harmo- niously tempered, and opportunely exercised, she shines in every department, and in every act ; and at once approves herself faithful to her obligations, and meet for the ulterior honours that shall be conferred upon her.] Suited to these qualities is, II. The felicity prepared for her — In due time " she shall be brought to the King's palace," there to be united to him in indissoluble and everlasting bonds. Whilst she is here, she is to be employed in making herself ready — [In royal nuptials, much time was spent in preparing the bride for her husband. In the purification of the virgins from amongst whom King Ahasuerus was to select a wife, a whole year was occupied : " six months in purifying them with oil of myrrh, and other six months with sweet odours of different kinds '':" after which they were presented to him. In like manner ^ Eph. iv. 22—24. * Rom. xiii. 14. ^ 1 John ii. 6. « 1 John iv. 17. ^ Esth. ii. 12, 13. 160 PSALMS, xLV. 13 — 16. [366. manner we are told, that the Church also is dealt with, in order to prepare her for her heavenly Bridegroom : for it is said, that

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