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The Beautiful Image of God


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Listen, O daughter, give attention and incline your ear:
Forget your people and your father’s house;
Then the King will desire your beauty.
Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him.

—Psalm 45:10–11

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Such of you, my dear sisters, as are espoused to the Lord Jesus Christ are very beautiful. I do not mean in respect of your bodies; you may have less of external comeliness than others, in respect of your bodies. But as to your souls you will exceed in beauty, not so much in the eyes of man, as in the eyes of God. Such have the most beautiful image of God stamped upon them; none in the world beside them, have the least spark of spiritual beauty. Such as are not married to Christ, are unregenerated, they are not born again, nor brought from sin unto God, which must be done before you be espoused to Christ.

And the Lord Jesus Christ desireth to see this beauty in his spouse, for he cries out, ‘O my dove, thou art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice, for sweet is thy voice and thy countenance is comely’ [Song of Songs 2:14]. He calleth his spouse his love, being the dear object of his love and he admireth her loveliness. He repeats it twice in one verse, ‘Behold thou art fair, my love, behold thou art fair.’ Thus you see he describes their beauty. And then, my sisters, we have wonderful expression of Christ to his spouse, ‘Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse, thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.’ Thus you see how pleased the Lord Jesus Christ is with his spouse.

—George Whitefield, “Christ the Best Husband; or, An Earnest Invitation to Young Women to Come and See Christ” in Lee Gatiss (Ed.), The Sermons of George Whitefield (Crossway, 2012), 1:113–114.



Posted 2018·11·12 by David Kjos
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