One consummate perfection!

From Spurgeon's, "The Best Beloved"

Christ is all that is lovely!

In each one of his people you will find
something that is lovely-
in one there is faith,
in another abounding love;
in one tenderness,
in another courage,
but you do not find all good things in any one saint-
at least not all of them in full perfection.

But you find all virtues in Jesus,
and each one of them at its best.

If you would take the best quality of one saint,
and the best quality of another- yes,
the best out of each and all the myriads of his people,
you would find no grace or goodness among them all,
which Jesus does not possess in the fullest degree
and in the highest perfection.

He combines all the virtues, and gives them all
a sweetness over and beyond themselves.

In FLOWERS you have a separate beauty belonging to each;
no one flower is just like another,
but each one blushes with its own loveliness.

But in our Lord these separate and distinct
beauties are found united in one.

Christ is the posy in which all the beauties
of the garden of perfection are bound up!

Each GEM has its own radiance-
the diamond is not like the ruby,
nor the ruby like the emerald.

But Christ is that ring in which you have sapphire,
ruby, diamond, emerald, set in choice order,
so that each one heightens the other's brilliance.

Do not look for anything lovely outside of Jesus,
for he has all the loveliness.

All perfections are in him making up one consummate perfection!

All the loveliness which is to be seen elsewhere
is but a reflection of his own unrivalled charms.

"Yes, he is altogether lovely." Solomon's Song 5:16.