Sovereign Grace Baptist Church

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AuthorClay Curtis
TitleThe Royal Wedding
Bible TextPsalm 45:6-17
Synopsis This royal wedding is the marriage supper of King Jesus and his Queen, his bride, the church. Listen.
Series Psalms 2011
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Title: The Royal Wedding 
Text: Psalm 45: 6-17 
Date: August 8, 2019 
Place: SGBC, NJ 
Subject: The Royal Wedding 
In order for us to see that this King is King Jesus and this queen is his bride, the church, let’s first hear what God the Father said to Christ in verses 6-7.  The Hebrew writer tells us this is God the Father speaking to his Son, the Lord Jesus. 
Psalm 45: 6: Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. 7: Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
The Man Christ Jesus is the King who is God, whose dominion is forever.  He has always been King of God’s spiritual Israel from everlasting—he was born King—“where is he that is born King of the Jews?” (Mt 2:2)  He served God the Father as King and redeemed his people as King.  Now, “he has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than [the angels and than all]” (Heb 1: 4).  Therefore, Christ reigns upon his throne in heavenly Jerusalem as KingJohn saw a Lamb as it had been slain sitting upon a throne.  (Rev 5: 6). 
And Christ’s scepter is a righteous scepterGod the Father would only commit the rule over his Church to the King who rules justly—"for the throne is established by righteousness” (Pro 16: 12).  Christ loves righteousness and hates iniquityThereby, he established his throne in righteousness by establishing his people in righteousnessHe did so by his obedience to the Father unto the death of the cross—“Therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”  This not only means God anointed Christ with the gifts of the Spirit but also that God exalted Christ above all his people for his obedience unto the death of the cross. 
Philippians 2: 9: Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11: And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 
David as a king was made after the pattern of Christ to typify the King of kings.  David’s kingdom, Israel, was made after the pattern of Christ’s kingdom, the Israel of God.  When God spoke to David, promising his throne and his kingdom would be forever, God spoke of Christ who David typified and of Christ’s kingdom which Israel typified (2 Sam 7: 12-13; Acts 2: 29-36).  Christ was King before David.  He was King after David died.  And Christ is still King and will be forever.  Even David knew this.  Likewise, the Israel of God, existed before the nation Israel was formed and shall last forever. 
Christ kingdom is made up of God’s elect redeemed by his blood out of every kindred, tongue, and people and nation under heaven (Rev 5: 9).  You and I who believe by his grace are citizens of his kingdom. 
Colossians 1: 1: Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 
Ephesians 2: 19:  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, [citizens of heavenly Jerusalem] 
Philippians 3: 20: For our conversation [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 
When, at last, Christ has called out all his redeemed then shall come the marriage supper between our King and his Queen. John heard a voice come from the throne. 
Revelation 19: 6: And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. 7: Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: [this marriage ceremony is all about the Husband, King Jesus] for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8: And to her was granted [given] that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. [the righteousness of Christ granted to us through faith in his blood] 9: And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. 
So by God-given faith, in our text “we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; [because he has] by the grace of God [tasted] death for every [one of his elect] (Heb 2: 9)
Proposition: So this royal wedding is the marriage supper of King Jesus and his Queen, his bride, the church. 
In the past few years, we have seen some beautiful marriage ceremonies between some of our young men and women in this congregation.  We have seen the groom decked out handsomely, seen the bride adorned for her husband and we have seen the matrons and maids of honor wearing their very best.  But nothing compares to the wedding we see in our text. And what we see by faith now, brethren, one day we shall behold face-to-face at the marriage supper of the Lamb. 
Psalm 45: 8: All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad. 
God our Father describes our King and Husband in his royal apparel in his ivory palaces.  Scripture speaks of “the savor of Christ.”  Here God the Father declares Christ to be a sweet savor unto God—"All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.”
When God speaks of sinners fallen in Adam he calls us an abomination—that is, we stink.  But the smell God the Father speaks of in our text is the holiness and righteousness of Christ’s person by which his offering and sacrifice is a sweet-smelling savor unto God.  
The Father speaks of Christ’s dwelling places as “ivory palaces.”  Wherever Christ dwells it is an ivory palace—a snow-white, sinless palace.  When Christ tabernacled among us, his body—his human nature with his divine nature—was an ivory, holy palace without sin, filled with the savor in which God delighted, which made Christ’s sacrifice and offering sweet to God. 
Ephesians 5:2…Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. 
Christ dwells in his preachers making us to preach Christ and him crucified alone, which makes his earthen vessels an ivory palace, filled with the savor of Christ.  Paul said, 
2 Corinthians 2:14: Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. 15: For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: perish: to the one we are the savor of death unto death; to the other the savor of life unto life.  And who is sufficient for these things? 
When Christ takes up abode in his regenerated child, creating in us a new man, Christ creates in us an ivory palace in his holiness and righteousness.  Through faith, God imputes the righteousness of Christ to us so that God smells the savor of Christ’s garments. 
One day Christ shall return and take us to heaven into that ivory palace of his presence where this wedding shall take place.  Then we shall be perfectly conformed to Christ’s image and adorned in his garments smelling exactly as he smells. 
Here is the point, it is the savor of Christ’s garments on us whereby he is made glad toward us—"All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they [thy garments] have made thee glad.”
The other day, I was talking with one of the men about how it is assuring to know the Spirit has given you the message when you find other old saints who saw the same thing you see in scripture. I found this scripture in Ezekiel where God said, 
Ezekiel 20: 41: I will accept you with your sweet savour, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen. 
I read John Gill who wrote, "Their sins being expiated by the sacrifice of Christ, which is unto God for a sweet smelling savour; and their persons being, clothed with the robe of his righteousness, and the garments of his salvation, all whose garments smell of myrrh, aloes, and cassia; the Gospel being the savour of life unto life unto them; and the savour of the knowledge of Christ being communicated to them by it; and also the savour of his good ointments, the graces of the Spirit, being imparted to them.”  I had no idea brother Gill would quote our text when speaking of Ezekiel 20.  But it sure gave me assurance that the Spirit of God has given me the message when I saw that he wrote exactly what I had seen in our text. 
Psalms 45: 9: Kings’ daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir…13: The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold. 
This is the wedding party.  The king’s daughters are the matrons of honor and the queen is the bride.  The queen pictures the church as a whole; the honourable women picture each particular believer who together make up the church. 
Brethren, we who have been given life and faith in Christ are “the king’s daughters.”  I had to look this up.  When I was jotting down my notes, I almost said we are maids of honor.  But I found that an unmarried woman is a maid of honor while a married woman is a matron of honor.  You probably already knew that but I did not.  Since we are espoused to Christ, which before God is the same as being married, we are matrons of honor.  And notice, we are not the queen’s matron of honor like the ladies are who stand with a bride in our day.  But we are Christ’s matrons of honor—“the king’s daughters were among thy honorable women.”  This wedding is to the honor of Christ our Husband.  Therefore, each individual believer is typified as the husband’s honorable women.  Also, each believer together, makes up the church—the queen—the King’s bride. 
By God’s free grace, in Christ, our position is one of highest honor—“upon thy right hand.”  Christ is seated at God’s right hand and we in him.  As God the Father declares in this Psalm, Christ is also God, and we are there at his right hand.  What amazing grace!  Christ our King found us cast out of God’s presence, ruined in our sins.  But Christ by his precious blood and righteousness has made us to be in the most honorable place, at his right hand. 
It is because we are adorned in the most valuable garments—“gold of Ophir.”  Ophir was a place where gold abounded.  The gold was even more valuable to men because it came from that place, called Ophir (1 Ki 9:28; 10:11; 22:48; 1 Chr 29: 4; 2 Chr 8:18; 9:10). Scripture uses “gold of Ophir” when describing something invaluable.  Job compared wisdom to gold of Ophir (Job 28: 12-19).  Before God and his holy law, through faith in Christ, we are clothed in the most valuable garment ever made on this earth, the righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ! 
But not only has Christ made us righteous outwardly before the law, Christ has made us holy and righteous inwardly in regeneration by creating a new man by his indwelling presence—"The king's daughter is all glorious within”—that is by the righteousness and holiness Christ himself is within us.  Then he speaks of her outward clothing—"her clothing is of wrought gold”—that is Christ’s righteousness worked out by him and imputed to us through faith. 
You see, to be accepted of God, we have to be holy and righteous—within and without.  We must be justified before the law so that God will not impute sin to us. And we must be sanctified within so that we have a spirit in which is no guile.  Christ worked both and he is both.  Christ is made unto us Righteousness and Sanctification (1 Cor 1: 30). 
Psalm 45: 12: And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift, even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour…14: She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee 15: With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king’s palace. 16: Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children whom thou mayest make princes 17: I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.
Remember, this is God the Father speaking to his Son, Christ Jesus the King.  Due to Christ justifying all God’s elect, God the Father assures our King that not one shall be lost for whom Christ died.  
He says, “And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift”—Tyre was a seacoast city, a mart of Gentile nations (Is 23: 3)  The daughter of Tyre represents God’s elect Gentiles, redeemed by Christ, and called by the SpiritThe gift we bring is Christ alone, along with praise to his holy name.  God promises Christ, “Even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour.”  Not many wise, rich or noble are called (1 Cor 1: 26).  But God does have some elect among the rich who Christ redeemed and even they shall be in the wedding.  But all will be made rich by the unsearchable riches of Christ alone. 
God promises his Son that the queen, the church as a whole, “She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework.”  The custom in those days was for the groomsmen and matrons of honor to bring the bride to the bridegroom.  So we, the church of God, shall be brought unto Christ our KingWe shall be brought “in raiment of needlework.”  You ladies who sew know that needlework is intricate, finger work.  The whole church shall be robed in raiment of needlework made carefully by the hand of Christ alone.  
Therefore, seeing that the whole church shall be brought to Christ our King, it means each individual believer shall be broughtGod the Father promises Christ our King, "the virgins, her companions that follow her, shall be brought unto thee.”  Though in Adam, and in ourselves, we each played the harlot, each individual believer has been made a chaste virgin unto Christ by Christ.  The apostle Paul, as Christ’s minister, is a type of the groomsmen who brought the bride to the groom.  So Paul said of the saints, “I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ” (2 Cor 11: 2).   
What will be our spirit as we are being brought to Christ?  God the Father says to our King, our Husband, “With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought.”  Remember, the smell of Christ’s own garments is what makes him glad toward us.  What is it that fills us with gladness and rejoicing?  The same thing.  Christ and his sweet-smelling righteousness freely imputed to us fills us with gladness and rejoicing over him.   
“They shall enter into the king’s palace.”  Brethren think on this.  One day, we shall enter into God’s very presence and behold God in the face of Christ Jesus with our own eyes!  After all the wonderful descriptions of heaven given to us in scripture, I guarantee you that those glowing descriptions shall fall short of what it will be like when behold our King face to face and are perfectly conformed to his image. 
Last time we saw how these last verses applied to Christ, as God the Father promised him of these things.  This time let’s see how these promises apply to us who Christ has saved.  God the Father promised Christ our King that through his bride he would have many children which would not only be God the Father’s children but also Christ’s own children, “Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children.”  That means we who have been born of Christ’s incorruptible seed through the preaching of the gospel are not only God our Father’s children, we are Christ’s children.  He is our Everlasting Father, our everlasting last Adam (Is 9: 6).  
Then God the Father promised Christ that due to Christ justifying his people, it was just for Christ to make his people princes unto God, “whom thou mayest make princes.”  That means we shall sing the new song even as the apostle John heard in the Revelation of Jesus Christ which he was shown, “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;  And hast made us unto our God KINGS and priests: and we shall reign on the earth” (Re 5:9-10).
At last, God the Father promised Christ “I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee forever.”   That means God our Father will keep us and never let us forget Christ’s name: therefore we shall never cease to praise our Redeemer forever. 
Now, everything we have seen here concerning that great marriage supper of the Lamb is summed up by the apostle Paul, when he wrote of how Christ our Husband loved his bride, the church: 
Ephesians 5: 25: Husbands love your wives even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26: That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27: That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. [all glorious within and without, smelling of his garments] 28: So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29: For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church [arraying us carefully, meticulously in the raiment of needlework]: 30: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 
Psalm 45: 10: Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house; 11: So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.
Sinner, would you and I be in this marriage in that day?  Christ is the Husband, the Savior of the body.  The only way we shall be saved is by submitting to Christ in faith.  When God speaks into our hearts, commanding, “Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear” then are we made willing to submit to Christ our Husband and trust him alone to save us. Oh, that God might speak in power right now! 
A bride has to leave mother and father and cleave to her husband. Why? God ordained it to typify the necessity of Christ’s bride forsaking all and cleaving to Christ.  Christ said,  “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me” (Mt 10: 37).  What does that mean?  He said, “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple” (Lu 14: 33).  It means there can be no competition for our heart’s affection.  We must love Christ preeminently; forsaking our persons for Christ’s person; our will for Christ’s will; our works for Christ’s works.  Oh, that God would speak in power right now and make us like Levi!  Scripture says when Christ commanded Levi to follow him, before as yet Levi moved a toe, in his heart, “He left all!”  Then “rose up, and followed him“(Lu 5:28).
Scripture says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”  But what God our Father is commanding the bride to do here is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to him alone.  That is the only way to please God.  God the Father says, “So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.”