Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for your love is better than wine.
I. FOR ITS ANTIQUITY. Good old wine is accounted the best (Luke 5:39). Now no wine is comparable to this of Christ's love, for its antiquity; for it is a love which commences from everlasting; it does not bear date with time, but was before time was.
II. FOR ITS PURITY. It is wine on the lees well refined, free from all dregs of deceit, hypocrisy, and dissimulation; it is a love unfeigned, a pure river of water of life.
III. FOR ITS FREENESS AND CHEAPNESS.
IV. FOR THE PLENTY OF IT. In the marriage at Cana of Galilee, there was want of wine; but there is no want thereof in this feast of love: this is a river, nay, an ocean of love, which flows forth in plentiful streams to poor sinners.
V. IN THE EFFECTS OF IT.
1. Wine will revive and cheer a man that is of a heavy heart (Proverbs 31:6).
2. Wine may remove a worldly heaviness, or a sorrow on the account of worldly things, the things of time; but not a spiritual heaviness, or a sorrow on the account of the things of another world, the things of eternity; but the manifestation of Christ's love to the soul, can remove this sorrow and heaviness, and fill it with a joy unspeakable and full of glory, and give him that ease, and comfort, and satisfaction of mind, he is wishing for.
3. If a man drinks never such large draughts of the wine of Christ's love, it will never hurt him; when other wine, with excessive drinking of it, not only wastes the estates, but consumes the bodies, and destroys the health of men; but of this a man may drink freely and plentifully, without doing himself any hurt; nay, it will be of considerable advantage to him, and therefore says Christ (Song of Solomon 5:1).
(John Gill, D. D.)
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