The pain of every birth is a reminder of the hope that lies in God’s promise. Birthpangs are not merely a reminder of the futility of the fall; they are a sign of an impending joy: We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. (Ro 8: 22– 24; cf. Mt 24: 8)
Sailhamer, John H.; Sailhamer, John H.. Genesis (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary) (Kindle Locations 3509-3513). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
There are two things wherein the glory of truth doth consist. (1.) Its light. (2) Its efficacy or power. And both these do all supernatural truths derive from this relation unto Christ.
Owen, John. Christologia – Enhanced Version (Kindle Locations 1883-1884). Christian Classics Ethereal Library. Kindle Edition.
The soul is like a ship in a narrow river which does not have room to turn. It is always running aground and foundering in the shallows. But Jesus Christ is in every way sufficient to the vast desires of the soul; in him it has sea-room enough. In him the soul may spread its sails with no fear of touching bottom. And thus you see what is the importance of this phrase, “Altogether lovely.”