“Yes, He is altogether lovely!” Song of Songs 5:16
Love is generally drawn forth by beauty exhibited, or by kindness shown. We love the beautiful and the benevolent.
But to the carnal mind, there is no beauty in Jesus–because its taste is vitiated, and its perception is depraved. It calls darkness, light; and light, darkness. It puts bitter for sweet–and sweet for bitter. We do not expect the natural man to see the beauty of the Redeemer’s person, or to be inflamed to love by His attractions. Still the beautiful ought to be loved, and “He is altogether lovely!” The reason why He is not loved, is to be found in the corruption of human nature, and the depravity of the sinner’s heart.
If you see nothing in Jesus to love–then it is evident that you are under the power of darkness. If you have never really loved Him–then you are dead in trespasses and sins. What a dreadful state! What a fearful thought is this!
Yes, no one will love Him unless the heart is changed by the Holy Spirit. The mind must be completely changed before it will love Christ.
He is light–but men love darkness.
He is holy–but men love sin.
He is the image of God–but men love the likeness of Satan.
The Holy Spirit, speaking by the Apostle Paul, says, “If any man does not love the Lord Jesus Christ–let him be accursed!” 1 Corinthians 16:22. How terrible, “let him be accursed!” Let him be condemned by God, driven from God, and be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of God!
– James Smith