Rise Up, My Love (101): Spotless? YES!

Rose, Pink copy 2Song of Solomon 4:7 “Thou art all fair my love; there is no spot in thee.” Our mortal minds stand amazed in the presence of such a declaration. Humans say that “love is blind,” but no one can level such an accusation at the Lord! He is not blind, so how is it possible that our heavenly lover can see us as completely beautiful and spotless?

Only God can love us with perfect, unconditional love, and only unconditional love could make such a declaration as this! “All fair…not spot…” perfect in beauty; perfect in holiness.

“Oh worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” (I Chronicles 16:29). This we do eagerly, for Christ is truly the perfection of beauty and holiness, but how can He declare that we are perfectly beautiful and perfectly pure?

This is another of the mysteries of the ages proclaimed in The Song of Solomon, but it will be the cause of unending joy and praise in heaven. “For he [God] hath made him [Jesus Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

Jesus took our sin upon himself and gave us his righteousness. As foreshadowed by Jonathan stripping off his princely robes and exchanging with David, because Jonathan loved David “as his own soul” (I Samuel 18:3-4), so our Lord also “stripped himself of the robe that was upon him…” His robe of righteousness…and gave it to us, “and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.”

Jesus gave us his garments: “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10). The garments that Jesus provided for us were not only the glorious robes of salvation and sanctification, they were his princely robes—glittering symbols of his right to reign—and through them we have been made “joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17). As King Solomon and his bride stood decked with ornaments and jewels, so we stand (positionally) and will stand (in final reality) as the bride of Christ without spot or wrinkle…holy and unblemished (Ephesians 5:27), not because of our own righteousness, but because we are made righteous by the transmission of Christ’s righteousness imputed to us. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:5-7). By this miracle, God can and will declare: “there is no spot in thee.”

Jesus gave us his garments, but from the picture of David and Jonathan, we see reflections of the truths that Jesus also gives us the “sword” of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17), and the “girdle” of truth to strengthen us in standing firm (Ephesians 6:14). He gives us the shield of faith to protect us from all Satan’s lies (Ephesians 6:16); but, does God give us a “bow”?

There is no record in Scripture of the Lord giving us a set of spiritual bows and arrows. In Psalm 44:6, we are told, “I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.” Revelation 6:2 declares, “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.” We are not given a bow with arrows because we are specifically told that our protection is in Christ himself, who has a bow and goes forth “conquering and to conquer” for us.

But, there is a sense in which we are given a bow: “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth” (Gen. 9:13). We are not given a bow with arrows so that we may destroy our enemies, but we are given a bow of promise so that we may be saved from our enemies—the rainbow. And someday, when “we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (I John.3:2), we shall be surrounded by radiant colors of light like the rainbow surrounding the throne of God (Revelation 4:3; 10:1)!

“As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord” (Ezekiel 1:28). In Solomon’s supernal love song, the Lord Jesus sees us in him…as we will be reigning with him: our bodies transformed into the likeness of his perfections, burning with the radiant brightness of his glory, robed with the garments of his spotless purity!

May we look with the eye of faith at ourselves even as our heavenly bridegroom looks with the his eternal eye at us. May we breathe in the wonder of its delight. May the marvel of this mystery revealed seep through every fiber of our being until we feel his unconditional love and acceptance flowing through us without obstruction. May we grasp our infinite worth to him because of his infinite love for us!

“What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul! What wondrous love is this, that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul?” (American Folk Hymn). Jesus took our sins upon himself and decked us with his spotless robes of righteousness, so that when he sees us, he looks not on our sin, but on his spotlessness! Thank you, Lord, for the perfections of your provisions and your everlasting love.

Then, may we also view our spouses as he does, so that we are able to say with him, “Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.”

 

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