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 AD HAPPIESS. 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."