|Songs 5 |
1 I have come into my garden, my sister, my spouse. I have gathered my myrrh with my spice. I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey. I have drunk my wine with my milk. Eat, O friends; drink, yes, drink abundantly, O beloved.
2 I sleep, but my heart wakes. It is the voice of my beloved that knocks, saying, "Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled;1 for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night."
3 I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?
4 My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.
5 I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.
6 I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone. My soul failed when he spoke. I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.
7 The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.
8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you find my beloved, that you tell him, that I am sick with love.
9 What is your beloved more than another beloved, O you fairest among women? What is your beloved more than another beloved, that you do so charge us?
10 My beloved is white and ruddy, the greatest among ten thousand.
11 His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.
12 His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.
13 His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers; his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.
14 His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl; his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.
15 His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold; his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.
16 His mouth is most sweet; yes, he is altogether desirable. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.
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1 Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled; Note! What Solomon is saying about the Bride of Christ, his church: ‘You are all fair, my love, there is no spot in you.’ Song 4:7. ‘Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled.’ Song 5:2. So Solomon is far from saying, she had a body of death, and a body of sin. And David said, ‘Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace.’ Psalm 32:37. Satan's ministers, have transformed themselves [masquerading] as ministers of righteousness; and they don't know they are Satan's ministers; they think they are Christ's, even though Christ never called them, never trained them, never perfected them, never authorized them, and never gifted them with the ministry. These self-appointed ministers will tell you there is no way to become spotless and perfect; yet, in doing so, they deny the sole purpose of the ministry, which is the perfection of the saints:
And His gifts* were some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers.
*a gift from the Holy Spirit is not a talent to make speeches sourced from a book; many pagans have such talents. A gift from the Holy Spirit is to be explicitly appointed by the Holy Spirit, after having been taught and cleansed sufficiently to be able to consistently speak from the Holy Spirit's words and promptings. Unless you have heard the Lord specifically authorize and gift to you the office of preacher, pastor, or teacher, you are without his authority, permission, or approval; and you will only hear his condemnation to come.
His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), the work of ministering toward building up Christ's body (the church),
until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the knowledge of the Son of God, that at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ's own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him. Ephesians 4:11-13.
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