The Method of Grace in the Gospel Redemption
by John Flavel
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Sermon 12. 
Containing a third Motive to enliven the general Exhortation from a 
third Title of CHRIST. 
                     Cant. 5. Part of Verse 16. 
                    Yea, He is altogether lovely. 
    At the ninth verse of this chapter, you have a query propounded 
to the spouse, by the daughters of Jerusalem, "What is thy beloved 
more than another beloved?" To this question the spouse returns her 
answers in the following verses, wherein she asserts his excellency 
in general. Ver. 10. "He is the chiefest among ten thousands;" 
confirms that general assertion, by an enumeration of his particular 
excellencies, to ver. 16. where she closes up her character and 
encomium of her beloved, with an elegant epiphonema, in the words 
that I have read: "Yea, he is altogether lovely." 
    The words, you see, are an affirmative proposition, setting 
forth the transcendent loveliness of the Lord Jesus Christ; and 
naturally resolve themselves into three parts, viz. 
    1. The subject. 
    2. The predicate. 
    S. The manner of predication. 
    First, The subject, He, viz. the Lord Jesus Christ, after whom 
she had been seeking, for whom she was sick of love; concerning whom 
these daughters of Jerusalem had enquired: whom she had endeavoured 
so graphically to describe in his particular excellencies. This is 
the great and excellent subject of whom she here speaks. 
    Secondly, The predicate, or what she affirmeth or saith of him, 
viz. That he is a lovely one, Machamaddim, desires; according to the 
import of the original, "which signifies earnestly to desire, covet, 
or long after that which is most pleasant, grateful, delectable, and 
admirable." The original word is both in the abstract, and of the 
plural number, which speaks Christ to be the very essence of all 
delights and pleasures, the very soul and substance of them. As all 
the rivers are gathered into the ocean, which is the congregation or 
meeting place of all the waters in the world: so Christ is that 
ocean in which all true delights and pleasures meet. 
    Thirdly, The manner of predication; He is [altogether] lovely, 
Totus, totus desiderabilis; lovely in all, and in every part; as if 
she had said, Look on him in what respect or particular you will; 
cast your eye upon this lovely object, and view him any way; turn 
him in your serious thoughts which way you will; consider his 
person, his offices, his works, or any other thing belonging to him; 
you will find him altogether lovely, There is nothing ungrateful in 
him, there is nothing lovely without him. Hence note, 
    Doct. That Jesuit Christ is the loveliest person souls can set 
         their eyes upon, Psal. 14: 2. "Thou art fairer than the 
         children of men." 
    That is said of Jesus Christ, which cannot be said of any 
creature; that he is "altogether lovely." In opening this lovely 
point I shall, 
    1. Weigh the importance of this phrase "altogether lovely." 
    2. Shew you in what respect Christ is so. 
    First, Let us weigh this excellent expression, and particularly 
consider what is contained in it, and you shall find this expression 
"altogether lovely." 
    First, That it excludes all unloveliness and distastefulness 
from Jesus Christ. So Vatablus; "there is nothing in him which is 
not amiable." The excellencies of Jesus Christ are perfectly 
exclusives of all their opposites; there is nothing of a contrary 
nature or quality found in him to alloy or debase his excellency. 
And in this respect Christ infinitely transcends the most excellent 
and loveliest creatures. For whatsoever loveliness is found in them, 
it is not without a distasteful tang; the fairest pictures must have 
their shadows: The most orient and transplendent stones must have 
their foils to set off their beauty; the best creature is but a 
bitter street at best: If there be somewhat pleasing, there is also 
somewhat distasting; if there be gracious and natural excellencies 
in the same person to delight us, yet there is also some natural 
corruption intermixed with it to distaste us: 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. 
    Secondly, Altogether lovely, i.e. as there is nothing unlovely 
found in him, so all that is in him is wholly lovely; as every ray 
of God is precious, so every thing that is in Christ is precious: 
Who can weigh Christ in a pair of balances, and tell you what his 
worth is? "His price is above rubies, and all that thou canst desire 
is not to be compared with him," Prov. 8: 11. 
    Thirdly, Altogether lovely, i.e. He is comprehensive of all 
things that are lovely: he seals up the sum of all loveliness: Quae 
faciunt divisa beatum, in hoc mixta fluunt: Things that shine as 
single stars with a particular glory, all meet in Christ as a 
glorious constellation. Col. 1: 19. "It pleased the Father that in 
him should all fulness dwell." Cast your eyes among all created 
beings, survey the universe, observe strength in one, beauty in a 
second, faithfulness in a third, wisdom in a fourth; but you shall 
find none excelling in them all as Christ does. Bread has one 
quality, water another, raiment another, physic another; but none 
has all in itself as Christ has: He is bread to the hungry, water to 
the thirsty, a garment to the naked, healing to the wounded; and 
whatever a soul can desire is found in him, 1 Cor. 1: 30. 
    Fourthly, Altogether lovely, i.e. Nothing is lovely in 
opposition to him, or in separation from him. If he be altogether 
lovely, then whatsoever is opposite to, or separate from him can 
have no loveliness in it; take away Christ, and where is the 
loveliness of any enjoyment? The best creature-comfort out of 
Christ, is but a broken cistern; it cannot hold one drop of true 
comfort, Psal. 73: 26. It is with the creature, the sweetest and 
loveliest creature, as with a beautiful image in the glass: turn 
away the face and where is the image? Riches, honours, and 
comfortable relations are sweet when the face of Christ smiles upon 
us through them; but without him, what empty trifles are they all? 
    Fifthly, Altogether lovely, i.e. Transcending all created 
excellencies in beauty and loveliness; so much it speaks. If you 
compare Christ and other things, be they never so lovely, never so 
excellent and desirable; Christ carries away all loveliness from 
them; "He is (saith the apostle) before all things," Col. 1: 17. Not 
only before all things in time, nature, and order; but before all 
things in dignity, glory, and true excellency: In all things he must 
have the pre-eminence. For let us but compare Christ's excellency 
with the creature's in a few particulars, and how evidently will the 
transcendent loveliness of Jesus Christ appear! For, 
    First, All other loveliness is derivative and secondary; but 
the loveliness of Christ original and primary. Angels and men, the 
world and all the desirables in it, receive what excellency they 
have from him; they are streams from the fountain. But as the waters 
in the fountain itself are more abundant, so more pure and pleasant 
than in the streams. And the farther any thing departs, and is 
removed from its fountain and original, the less excellency there is 
in it. 
    Secondly, The loveliness and excellency of all other things, is 
but relative and respective, consisting in its reference to Christ, 
and subserviency to his glory; but Christ is lovely, considered 
absolutely in himself: He is desirable for himself, other things are 
so for him. 
    Thirdly, The beauty and loveliness of all other things is 
fading and perishing; but the loveliness of Christ is fresh to all 
eternity: the sweetness of the best creatures is a fading flower; if 
not before, yet certainly at death it must fade away. Job 4: 21. 
"Does not their excellency, which is in them, go away?" Yes, yes, 
whether natural excellencies of the body, or acquired endowments of 
the mind, lovely features, amiable qualities, attracting 
excellencies; all these like pleasant flowers are withered, faded, 
and destroyed by death; "but Christ is still the same, yesterday, 
today, and for ever," Heb. 13: 8. 
    Fourthly, The beauty and holiness of creatures are endearing 
and dangerous; a man may make an idol thereof; and dote beyond the 
bounds of moderation upon them, but there is no danger of excess in 
the love of Christ. The soul is then in the healthiest frame and 
temper when it is most sick of love to Christ, Cant. 5: 8. 
    Fifthly, The loveliness of every creature is of a cloying and 
glutting nature; our estimation of it abates and sinks by our nearer 
approach to it, or longer enjoyment of it: creatures, like pictures, 
are fairest at a due distance, but it is not so with Christ; the 
nearer the soul approacheth him, and the longer it lives in the 
enjoyment of him, still the more sweet and desirable is he. 
    Sixthly, and lastly, All other loveliness is unsatisfying and 
straitening to the soul of man; there is not room enough in any one, 
or in all the creatures for the soul of man to dilate and expatiate 
itself; but it still feels itself confined and narrowed within those 
strait limits: And this comes to pass from the inadequateness and 
unsuitableness of the creature, to the nobler and more excellent 
soul of man, which like a ship in a narrow liver has not room to 
turn; and besides, is ever told anon striking ground and foundering 
in those shallows. But Jesus Christ is every way adequate to the 
vast desires of the soul; in him it has see-room enough; there it 
may spread all its sails, no fear of touching the bottom. And thus 
you see what is the importance of this phrase, Altogether lovely. 
    Secondly, Next I promised to shew you in what respects Jesus 
Christ is altogether lovely. And, 
    First, He is altogether lovely in his person: a Deity dwelling 
in flesh, John 1: 14. The wonderful union and perfection of the 
divine and human nature in Christ, render him an object of 
admiration and adoration to angels and men, 1 Tim. 3: 16. God never 
presented to the world such a vision of glory before: And then 
consider how the human nature of our Lord Jesus Christ is 
replenished with all the graces of the Spirit, so as never any of 
all the saints was filled; O how lovely does this render him! John 
3: 34. "God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him." This makes 
him fairer than the children of men, grace being poured into his 
lips, Psal. 45: 2. If a small measure of grace in the saints make 
them such sweet and desirable companions, what must the riches and 
fulness of the Spirit of grace filling Jesus Christ without measure, 
make him in the eyes of believers? O what a glory and lustre must it 
stamp upon him! 
    Secondly, He is altogether lovely in his offices: for let us 
but consider the suitableness, fulness, and comfortableness of them. 
    First, The suitableness of the offices of Christ to the 
miseries and wants of men; and we cannot but adore the infinite 
wisdom of God in his investiture with them; we are, by nature, blind 
and ignorant, at best but groping in the dim light of nature after 
God, Acts 17: 27. Jesus Christ is a light to lighten the Gentiles, 
Isa. 49: 6. When this great prophet came into the world, then did 
the day-spring from on high visit us, Luke 1: 78. The state of 
nature is a state of alienation from, and enmity against God; Christ 
comes into the world an atoning sacrifice, making peace by the blood 
of his cross, Col. 1: 20. All the world, by nature, are in bondage 
and captivity to Satan, a lamentable thraldom; Christ comes with 
kingly power, to rescue sinners, as a prey from the mouth of the 
terrible one. 
    Secondly, Let the fulness of his offices be also considered, by 
reason whereof he is able "to save to the uttermost, all that come 
to God by him," Heb. 7: 25. The three offices, comprising in them 
all that our souls do need, become an universal relief to all our 
wants; and therefore, 
    Thirdly, Unspeakably comfortable must the offices of Christ be 
to the souls of sinners. If light be pleasant to our eyes, how 
pleasant is that light of life springing from the Sun of 
righteousness! Ma1. 4: 2. If a pardon be sweet to a condemned 
malefactor, how sweet must the sprinkling the blood of Jesus be to 
the trembling conscience of a law condemned sinner? If a rescue from 
a cruel tyrant be sweet to a poor captive, how sweet must it be to 
the ears of enslaved sinners, to hear the voice of liberty and 
deliverance proclaimed by Jesus Christ? Out of the several offices 
of Christ, as out of so many fountains, all the promises of the new 
covenant flow, as so many soul-refreshing streams of peace and joy: 
all the promises of illumination, counsel and direction flow out of 
the prophetical office; all the promises of reconciliation, peace, 
pardon, and acceptation flow out of the priestly office, with the 
sweet streams of joy, and spiritual comforts depending thereupon; 
all the promises of converting, increasing, defending, directing, 
and supplying grace, flow out of the kingly office of Christ; 
indeed, all promises may be reduced to the three offices: so that 
Jesus Christ must needs be altogether lovely in his offices. 
    Thirdly, Jesus Christ is altogether lovely in his relations. 
    First, He is a lovely Redeemer, Isa. 61: 1. He came to open the 
prison-doors to them that are bound. Needs must this Redeemer be a 
lovely one, if we consider the depth of misery from which he 
redeemed us, even "from the wrath to come," 1 Thess. 1: 10. How 
lovely was Titus, in the eyes of the poor enthralled Greeks, whom he 
delivered from their bondage! this endeared him to them to that 
degree, that when their liberty was proclaimed, they even trod one 
another to death to see the herald that proclaimed It; and all the 
night following, with instruments of music, danced about his tent, 
crying with united voices, "a Saviour, a Saviour." Or, whether we 
consider the numbers redeemed, and the means of their redemption. 
Rev. 5: 9. And they sang a new song, saying, "Thou art worthy to 
take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, 
and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every kindred and 
tongue, and people, and nation." He redeemed us not with silver and 
gold, but with his own precious blood, by way of price, 1 Pet. 1: 
18, 19. with his out-stretched and glorious arm, by way of power, 
Col. 1: 13. he redeemed us freely, Eph. 1: 7. fully, Rom. 8: 1. 
seasonably, Gal. 4: 4. and out of special and peculiar love, John 
17: 9. In a word, he has redeemed us for ever, never more to come 
into bondage, 1 Pet. 1: 5. John 10: 28. O how lovely is Jesus Christ 
in the relation of a Redeemer to God's elect! 
    Secondly, He is a lovely bridegroom to all that he espouses to 
himself. How does the church glory in him, in the words following my 
text; "this is my Beloved, and this is my Friend, O ye daughters of 
Jerusalem!" q. d. Heaven and earth cannot show such another: which 
needs no fuller proof than the following particulars. 
    First, That he espouses to himself, in mercy and in loving 
kindness, such deformed, defiled, and altogether unworthy souls as 
we are, who have no beauty, no excellency to make us desirable in 
his eyes; all the springs of his love to us are in his own breast, 
Deut. 7: 7. he chuseth us, not because we were, but that he might 
make us lovely, Eph. 5: 27. he passed by us when we lay in our 
blood, and said unto us, Live; and that was the time of love, Ezek. 
16: 5. 
    Secondly, He expects nothing with us, and yet bestows himself, 
and all that he has, upon us. Our poverty cannot enrich him, but he 
made himself poor to enrich us, 2 Cor. 8: 9. 1 Cor. 3: 22. 
    Thirdly, No husband loves the wife of his bosom, as Christ 
loved his people, Eph. 5: 25. He loved the church and gave himself 
for it. 
    Fourthly, None bears with weaknesses and provocations as Christ 
does; the church is stiled "the Lamb's wife," Rev. 19: 9. 
    Fifthly, No husband is so immortal and everlasting a husband as 
Christ is; death separates all other relations, but the soul's union 
with Christ is not dissolved in the grave; yea, the day of a 
believer's death, is his marriage day, the day of his fullest 
enjoyment of Christ. No husband can say to his wife, what Christ 
saith to the believer, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee, 
Heb. 13: 5. 
    Sixthly, No bridegroom advanceth his bride to such honours by 
marriage, as Christ does; he relates them to God as their father; 
and from that day the mighty and glorious angels think it no 
dishonour to be their servants, Heb. 1: 14. they are brought in 
admiring the beauty and glory of the spouse of Christ, Rev. 21: 9. 
    Seventhly, and lastly, No marriage was ever consummated with 
such triumphal solemnity, as the marriage of Christ and believers 
shall be in heaven, Psal. 14: 14, 15. "She shall be brought to the 
king in raiment of needle-work, the virgins, her companions that 
follow her, shall be brought unto thee; with gladness and rejoicing 
shall they be brought; they shall enter into the king's palace." 
Among the Jews the marriage house was called Bethillula, the house 
of praise; there was joy upon all hands, but none like the joy that 
will be in heaven, when believers, the spouse of Christ, shall be 
brought thither: God the Father will rejoice, to behold the blessed 
accomplishment and confirmation of those glorious designs of his 
love. Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom, will rejoice to see the travail 
of his soul, the blessed birth and issue of all his bitter pangs and 
agonies, Isa. 53: 11. The Holy Spirit will rejoice to see the 
completion and perfection of that sanctifying design which was 
committed to his hand, 2 Cor. 5: 5. to see those souls whom he once 
found as rough stones, now to shine as the bright, polished stones 
of the spiritual temple. Angels will rejoice: great was the joy when 
the foundation of this design was laid, in the incarnation of 
Christ, Luke 2: 18. great therefore must their joy be, when the top- 
stone is set up with shouting, crying, Grace, grace, The saints 
themselves shall rejoice unspeakably, when they shall enter into the 
King's palace, and be for ever with the Lord, 1 Thess. 4: 17. Indeed 
there will be joy on all hands, except among the devils and damned, 
who shall gnash their teeth with envy at the everlasting advancement 
and glory of believers. 
    Thus Christ is altogether lovely, in the relation of a 
    Thirdly, Christ is altogether lovely, in the relation of an 
Advocate. 1 John 2: 1. "If any man sin, we have an advocate with the 
Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and he is the Propitiation;" it 
is he that pleads the cause of believers in heaven; appears for them 
in the presence of God, to prevent all new breaches, and continues 
the state of friendship and peace betwixt God and us. In this 
relation Christ is altogether lovely. For, 
    First, He makes our cause his own, and acts for us in heaven, 
as for himself, Heb. 4: 15. He is touched with the tender sense of 
our troubles and dangers, and is not only one with us, by way of 
representation, but also one with us in respect of sympathy and 
    Secondly, Christ our Advocate, follows our suit and business in 
heaven, as his great and main design and business) therefore, in 
Heb. 7: 25. he is said to "live for ever to make intercession for 
us;" as if our concernments were so minded by him there, as to give 
up himself wholly to that work, as if all the glory and honour which 
is paid him in heaven would not satisfy him, or divert him one 
moment from our business. 
    Thirdly, He pleads the cause of believers by his blood; it 
satisfies him not, as other advocates, to be at the expense of words 
and oratory, which is a cheaper way of pleading; but he pleads for 
us by the voice of his own blood, Heb. 12: 24. where we are said to 
be come "to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things 
than that of Abel:" Every wound he received for us on earth, is a 
mouth opened to plead with God on our behalf in heaven; Quot 
vulnera, tot ora. And hence it is, that in Rev. 5: 6. he is 
represented standing before God, as a lamb that had been slain; as 
it were, exhibiting and opening in heaven those deadly wounds 
received on earth, from the justice of God, on our account. Other 
advocates spend their breath, Christ his blood. 
    Fourthly, He pleads the cause of believers freely. Other 
advocates plead for reward, and exhaust the purses, while they plead 
the causes of their clients. 
    Fifthly, In a word, he obtaineth for us all the mercies for 
which he pleads; no cause miscarries in his hand, which he 
undertakes, Rom. 8: 33, 34. O what a lovely Advocate is Christ for 
    Fourthly, Christ is altogether lovely in the relation of a 
friend, for in this relation he is pleased to own his people, Luke 
12: 4, 5. There are certain things in which one friend manifests his 
affection and friendship to another, but none like Christ. For, 
    First, No friend is so open hearted to his friend as Christ is 
to his people: he reveals the very counsels and secrets of his heart 
to them. John 15: 15. "Henceforth I call you not servants, for the 
servant knoweth not what his Lord does; but I have called you 
friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father, I have made 
known unto you. 
    Secondly, No friend in the world is so generous and bountiful 
to his friend, as Jesus Christ is to believers; John 15: 18. he 
parts with his very blood for them; "Greater love (saith he) has no 
man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." He has 
exhausted the precious treasures of his invaluable blood to pay our 
debts. O what a lovely friend is Jesus Christ to believers! 
    Thirdly, No friend sympathises so tenderly with his friend in 
affliction, as Jesus Christ does with his friends: "In all our 
afflictions he is afflicted, Heb. 4: 15. He feels all our sorrows, 
wants and burdens as his own. Whence it is that the sufferings of 
believers are called the sufferings of Christ, Col. 1: 24. 
    Fourthly, No friend in the world takes that complacency in his 
friend, as Jesus Christ does in believers. Cant. 4: 9. "Thou hast 
ravished my heart, (saith he to the spouse) thou hast ravished my 
heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck. The 
Hebrew, here rendered "ravished", signifies to puff up, or to make 
one proud: how is the Lord Jesus pleased to glory in his people! how 
is he taken and delighted with those gracious ornaments which 
himself bestows upon them! No friend so lovely as Christ. 
    Fifthly, No friend in the world loves his friend with so 
fervent and strong affection as Jesus Christ loves believers. Jacob 
loved Rachel, and endured for her sake the parching heat of summer 
and cold of winter; but Christ endured the storms of the wrath of 
God, the heat of his indignation, for our sakes. David manifested 
his love to Absalom, in wishing, "O that I had died for thee!" 
Christ manifested his love to us, not in wishes that he had died, 
but in death itself, in our stead, and for our sakes. 
    Sixthly, No friend in the world is so constant and unchangeable 
in friendship as Christ is, John 13: 1. "Having loved his own which 
were in the world, he loved them unto the end." He bears with 
millions of provocations and injuries, and yet will not break 
friendship with his people. Peter denied him, yet he will not disown 
him; but after his resurrection he saith, "Go, tell the disciples, 
and tell Peter," q. d. Let him not think he has forfeited, by that 
sin of his, his interest in me; though he have denied me, I will not 
disown him, Mark 16: 7. O how lovely is Christ in the relation of a 
friend! I might farther shew you the loveliness of Christ in his 
ordinances and in his providences, in his communion with us and 
communications to us, but there is no end of the account of Christ's 
loveliness: I will rather chuse to press believers to their duties 
towards this altogether lovely Christ, which I shall briefly 
dispatch in a few words. 
    Use. First, Is Jesus Christ altogether lovely, then I beseech 
you set your souls upon this lovely Jesus. Methinks such an object 
as has been here represented, should compel love from the coldest 
breast and hardest heart. Away with those empty nothings, away with 
this vain deceitful world, which deserves not the thousandth part of 
the love you give it; let all stand aside and give way to Christ. O 
did you but know his worth and excellency, what he is in himself, 
what he has done for, and deserved from you, you would need no 
arguments of mine to persuade you to love him. 
    Secondly, Esteem nothing lovely but as it is enjoyed in Christ, 
or improved for Christ. Affect nothing for itself, love nothing 
separate from Jesus Christ. In two things we all sin in love of 
creatures, viz. in the excess of our affections, loving them above 
the rate and value of creatures; and in the inordinacy of our 
affections, i.e. in loving them out of their proper places. 
    Thirdly, Let us all be humbled for the baseness of our hearts, 
that are so free of their affections to vanities and trifles, and so 
hard to be persuaded to the love of Christ, who is altogether 
lovely. O how many pour out streams of love and delight upon the 
vain and empty creature; whilst no arguments can draw forth one drop 
of love from their obdurate and unbelieving hearts to Jesus Christ! 
I have read of one Joannes Mollius, who was observed to go often 
alone, and weep bitterly; and being pressed by a friend to know the 
cause of his troubles; O! said he, it grieves me that I cannot bring 
this heart of mine to love Jesus Christ more fervently. 
    Fourthly, Represent Christ, as he is, to the world, by your 
carriage towards him. Is he altogether lovely; let all the world see 
and know that he is so, by your delights in him and communion with 
him, zeal for him, and readiness to part with any other lovely thing 
upon his account; proclaim his excellencies to the world, as the 
spouse here did; convince them how much your beloved is better than 
any other beloved; display his glorious excellencies in your 
heavenly conversations; hold him forth to others, as he is in 
himself, altogether lovely. See that you "walk worthy of him unto 
all well pleasing," Col. 1: 10. "Shew forth the praises of Christ," 
1 Pet. 2: 19. Let not that "worthy name be blasphemed through you," 
James 2: 7. He is glorious in himself, and will put glory upon you; 
take heed ye put not shame and dishonour upon him; he has committed 
his honour to you, do not betray that trust. 
    First, Never be ashamed to own Christ: he is altogether lovely; 
he can never be a shame to you; it will be your great sin to be 
ashamed of him. Some men glory in their shame; be not you ashamed of 
your glory: if you be ashamed of Christ now, he will be ashamed of 
you when he shall appear in his own glory, and the glory of all his 
holy angels. Be ashamed of nothing but sin; and among other sins, be 
ashamed especially for this sin, that you have no more love for him 
who is altogether lovely. 
    Sixthly, Be willing to leave every thing that is lovely upon 
earth, that you may be with the altogether lovely Lord Jesus Christ 
in heaven. Lift up your voices with the spouse, Rev. 20: 20. "Come 
Lord Jesus, come quickly." It is true, you must pass through the 
pangs of death into his bosom and enjoyment; but sure it is worth 
suffering much more than that to be with this lovely Jesus. "The 
Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and the patient 
waiting for Jesus Christ," 2 Thes. 3: 5. 
    Seventhly, Strive to be Christ-like, as ever you would be 
lovely in the eyes of God and man. Certainly, my brethren, it is the 
Spirit of Christ within you, and the beauty of Christ upon you, 
which only can make you lovely persons; the more you resemble him in 
holiness, the more will you discover of true excellency and 
loveliness; and the more frequent and spiritual your converse and 
communion with Christ is, the more of the beauty and loveliness of 
Christ will be stamped upon your spirits, changing you into the same 
image, from glory to glory. 
    Eighthly, Let the loveliness of Christ draw all men to him. Is 
loveliness in the creature so attractive? And can the transcendent 
loveliness of Christ draw none? O the blindness of man! If you see 
no beauty in Christ why you should desire him, it is because the god 
of this world has blinded your minds. 

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