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Poca, West Va.

DEAR BRETHREN: – Solomon’s Song v. 10, 11, reads, “My beloved is white and ruddy; the chiefest among ten thousand. His head is as the most fine gold; his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.” Solomon, to my mind, is a type of Christ, and here he is setting forth the Spirit of Christ as he dwells in Zion, the church, the bride, the Lamb’s wife. The bride possessing the Spirit of her husband, says, “My beloved is white and ruddy.” White, pure, without spot or wrinkle; holy, righteous and separate from sinners, for he was without sin, neither was guile found in his mouth. She saw her Beloved red in his own blood as he hung on the cross bleeding, dying for every member of the body that makes the bride complete. There is no deformity about her, not a member short, neither a member too many. Her Husband tells her that even the very hairs of her head are all numbered. Her Beloved is head over all things to her (the church), the chiefest among ten thousand, and the one altogether lovely. His head is as the most fine gold. fine gold may pass through the furnace repeatedly, yet it will come out with its full weight. Christ, who is head over all things to the church, (body, bride,) passed through the furnace of affliction for all who were chosen in him. We hear him saying, Thine they were, and thou gavest them me; those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost. This adorable husband (“My Beloved”) came up on the other side of the grave without the loss of one that the Father had given him, save the son of perdition, that the Scriptures might be fulfilled. Jesus also speaks to his bride, and says, Not a hair of your head shall perish. This spiritual bride is the only one of her mother that bare her; her spiritual knowledge and growth is in Christ her head.

“His locks are bushy, and black as a raven.” “His locks,” to my mind, represent his elect, or chosen people, among every nation, kindred, tongue and people in their Adam-standing, for in the first man, Adam, they were corrupt, and were by nature children of wrath, even as others, and were in the transgression by the disobedience of the first Adam, hence were corrupt in their nature, all undone, without God and without hope, black with sin and under the sentence of death; for as it is written in the law, The soul that sinneth it shall die; for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Marvel not that I say unto you, Ye must be born again. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. The first birth is of corruptible seed, the second birth is of incorruptible Seed, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever. The prophet Isaiah, by the Spirit, testified the same, saying, “Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, traveling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?”

J. W. McCLANAHAN.

Signs of the Times
Volume 84, No. 12.
June 15, 1916