Eternal Spring

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Daily Reformation, Song of Solomon 2:8-13

From the Reformer

Who then can value highly enough these royal nuptials? Who can comprehend the riches of the glory of this grace? Christ, that rich and pious husband, takes as a wife a needy and impious harlot, redeeming her from all her evils, and supplying her with all His good things. It is impossible now that her sins should destroy her, since they have been laid upon Christ and swallowed up in Him, and since she has in her husband Christ a righteousness which she may claim as her own, and which she can set up with confidence against all her sins, against death and hell, saying: “If I have sinned, my Christ, in whom I believe, has not sinned; all mine is His, and all His is mine;” as it is written, “My beloved is mine, and I am his. (Song 2:16) This is what Paul says: “Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ;” victory over sin and death, as he says: “The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.” (1Co 15:56-57)

—Martin Luther, First Principles

Pulling It Together

There is nothing that will keep the Fair One from coming to you. His desire for you is constant. He dances over obstacles and looks in at you when you least expect it. He defies your privacy and pleads that you arise and go with him to share his love. What is holding you back? “I am not beautiful,” you say. Yet he says that you are the object of all his affection and has given his life for you. You say, “I am impure.” He responds that you are made pure in his love. Christ asks you to forget your winter days and live with him in an eternal spring. Arise! All is made new—even you.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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