But when it is here said that He will "present it to Himself," it implies some present distance or absence — a want of some present recognition and acknowledgment. THE ULTIMATE END AND RESULT. Glorious in power in the power which comes from wealth, in the power which comes from learning and literature — in the power which comes of numbers, and of numbers organized — in the power which comes of many edifices and splendid architecture — in the power which comes of elegance, and wealth, and refinement, in private life.II. The first regards THE PRESENTATION OF THE CHURCH — "That He might present it to Himself." It has no outward splendour; it has no earthly glory; it has nothing in it, wherefore men should gaze, look at it, bow before it. That death not only affects our state, but also tells upon our character. Just when the nuptials are to be celebrated we do not know, but the entrance of this glorious Church upon her glorious destiny as the Lamb's wife is to be an event before which all other nuptials shall be as the glimmer of a candle in the light of a midsummer sun. Its rivers and seas are clear as crystal. They are to "submit themselves to their own husbands as unto the Lord." But His love was intense. There must be also real and actual purity and holiness. Other lords besides Thee have had dominion over me; but henceforth by Thee only will I make mention of Thy name. The bride shall live with her Husband, and be under His protection forever. So Christ gave Himself; a donation which infinitely transcends all the universe besides. Let us improve it. Prevention is better than cure. The Bridegroom's treatment of the Church. Share this page using one of these tools: Email / username or password was incorrect! But Christ is to be His own paranymph, "that He might present it to Himself." I wish you all holiness, and then there is no doubt but you will have all happiness. (3) Then we are dispositively fitted for the full enjoyment of God. Other lords besides Thee have had dominion over me; but henceforth by Thee only will I make mention of Thy name. A. (2) It is ascribed to the apostles, or Christ's messengers who have a charge; and when they have done their work, present us to God as the fruit of their labour (2 Corinthians 11:2). The first of these presentations is what we call personal; and this is made by themselves. — not only to teach them, and not only to nourish them, but to protect them, so that the arrow that toucheth them must touch her, and come through her, before they can be destroyed. Her power is not material, like that of the mountain oak, which, though it defies the tempests of a century, wanes at last from decay; her power is of God, and is like God, not in extent, but in kind: it is spiritual power, and defies all time and change.2. THE CHURCH IS GLORIOUS EVEN NOW.1. Who it was that gave Himself. The Church militant, labouring, suffering, upon earth? In remarkable providences, at some times. We thus come to treat of the second state of the Church in the course of its holy progression, that to which the faithful are removed on their departure from this world. Neither with filthy garments, nor with shrivelled flesh, nor blind, nor lame. Marry not till you be sure you can love entirely. A love of unselfishness.3. Every portion of the universe knows its own place, and fulfils its proper function. Jesus said, "Greater love has no man than this, that a man will lay down his life for his friends. Jesus said to His disciples, who were sorrowing, "If ye loved Me, ye would rejoice because I said, I go to the Father, for My Father is greater than I."4. We did not love Him; but He loved us. John had a glimpse of the sublime scene in his wondrous vision on Patmos; and as the angel opened out this scene of unparalleled magnificence, this destiny of infinite sweep and indescribable glory, it was more than the spirit of the enraptured seer could endure. Look how husbands are to love their wives. He gave Himself in all that He now is as God and Man, exalted to the throne, for the endless benefit of His beloved Church.III. HOW WE SHOULD THINK OF IT. He has espoused and called her His, even here, and now, watching over her with fond affection, and supplying all her wants. And this submission will be a delight, when rendered, not only from a consideration of the laws of nature, or the express precept of the Bible, but from that love which is the best bond and guarantee of order; that love without which the marriage relationship should not be formed; that love which renders obedience a luxury, and which itself is the fulfilling of the law. 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