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Monday, November 09, 2009

Plato's Wish

The following is from J. R. Miller.

Song of Solomon 4:7 - Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.


"Plato expressed a desire that the moral law might become a living personage, that men seeing it thus incarnate, might be charmed by its beauty. Plato's wish was fulfilled in Jesus Christ! The holiness and the beauty of the divine law were revealed in Him. The Beatitudes contain an outline of the ideal life--but the Beatitudes are only a transcript of the life of Christ Himself! What He taught about love--was but His own love stated in a course of living lessons for His friends to learn. When He said that we should be patient, gentle, thoughtful, forgiving, and kind--He was only saying, "Follow Me!"

If we could gather from the most godly people who ever have lived, the little fragments of lovely character which have blossomed out in each, and bring all these fragments into one personality--we would have the beauty of Jesus Christ! In one person you find gentleness, in another meekness, in another purity of heart, in another humility, in another kindness, in another patience. But in the holiest of men, there are only two or three qualities of ideal beauty--along with much that is stained and blemished, mingled with these qualities. In Christ, however, all that is excellent is found, with no flaw!"

I suppose there is more wrong with us than will ever be right with us in this life.  And all that is right with us we cannot claim as our own but rather acknowledge that it is a reflection of that which is lovely in Christ.

Just studied recently from John 18 the events in the garden and Jesus' betrayal by Judas.  We are shocked at Judas' treachery.  I began to wonder if we should not be more in awe with the eleven men who continued to stand with him rather than with the one who stood against him.  Why is it surprising to us when men do wrong?  Should it not be more surprising when they do right?  Just wondering???
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