The Loveliness of Christ (#1)

In attending my father-in-law’s Sunday school class recently (on 2 Timothy 1.8-11), I was handed an article written by John Flavel (1627-1691) on the loveliness of Christ. Not having time to read it much until I was back at home, my husband and I have been reading through one point each night it in lieu of our evening Bible reading plan for the past week and discussing its implications in our lives. We have been so blessed by meditating on these points, that I thought I would reproduce part of it here for you to enjoy each day of this upcoming week as well:

Let us consider this excellent expression, and particularly reflect on what is contained in it, and you shall find this expression ‘altogether lovely.’

1. It excludes all unloveliness and disagreeableness from Jesus Christ. As a theologian long ago said, ‘There is nothing in him which is not loveable.’ The excellencies of Jesus Christ are perfectly exclusive of all their opposites; there is nothing of a contrary property or quality found in him to contaminate of devaluate his excellency. And in this respect Christ infinitely transcends the most excellent and loveliest of created things. Whatever loveliness is found in them, it is not without a bad aftertaste. The fairest pictures must have their shadows. The rarest and most brilliant of gems must have dark backgrounds to set off their beauty; the best creature is but a bitter sweet at best. If there is something pleasing, there is also something sour. If a person has every ability, both innate and acquired, to delight us, yet there is also some natural corruption intermixed with it to put us off. But it is not so in our altogether lovely Christ, His excellencies are pure and unmixed. He is a sea of sweetness without one drop of gall.

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About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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