I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine

couple-47192_640Song of Solomon 6:3: I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine; he grazes among the lilies. (ESV)

This is the state of the woman in that conversational poem called the Song of Solomon.

We will explore what it means for the church, who is the bride of Christ, to say: I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine. Remember that the church is about the individuals, not a list of names or a picture of raised hands, somewhere on earth.

I am my beloved’s

You should notice the sequence. First was: I am my beloved’s. When you call Jesus Lord, you acknowledge that he has you as a slave. Paul wrote that salvation starts when we confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus (Romans 10:9-13).

That is the claim Jesus has over the earth and heaven by the reason of his death and resurrection. If he did not rise from the dead he does not have a claim to being Lord. Because, if he is not Lord over death, he is not Lord in the full sense (just a pretender), since in the account of humanity prior to the coming of Jesus, death reigned over all (Romans 5:12-21). Jesus will not be Lord in deed, i.e. fully reigning, if he did not reign over death by rising from the dead.

With his resurrection, Jesus exists on a different plane altogether. He is supra-human, he is Spirit (1Corinthians 15:45). And the bible says: where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty (2Corinthians 3:17).

Whatever claims Jesus made should be believed because he said he was going to rise from the dead and he did.

He said: “I am the resurrection and the life,” before he raised dead-for-four-days Lazarus from the grave. And he did not have to break a sweat as he publicly displayed his claim to being the resurrection and the life.

When he chose to be born on the earth, he chose to be temporarily separated from his deity so that he can suffer and die (Philippians 2:5-11). But death was not to be his end as it was the end of all men. But through it he entered a new level of glory and power, prestige and privileges, because the glory he had from the beginning has been restored to him (John 17) and he also now has the legal right given to man at the beginning for dominion on the earth.

He becomes our door to new life. And he is now Lord of the living and the dead (Romans 14:9). And in a special way he is the lord of the Christians being their saviour. Paul admonishing the woman to respect her husband saying that it should be as the church should honour and respect Christ, who saves her, by offering himself on the cross for her (Ephesians 5:22-33).

The love of Christ was demonstrated in his death. He died so that we might live and stop being afraid of death. His sacrifice should command so much devotion in us that we will be willing to suffer for his sake.

When some apostles were flogged because of their belief in Jesus, and their devotion to him, they rejoiced for being counted worthy to experience such pain because of him (Acts 5:40-41). They definitely concluded that whatever they felt pales in comparison to what Jesus felt as he hung on the cross. They recognised that has the right to command our committed followership because of the benefits accruing to us from his sacrificial love.

My beloved is mine

After saying I am my beloved’s, the woman in the focus verse said: my beloved is mine. That has a lot of implication for the relationship of Christ and the Church. We are the body of Christ because when we believe in Jesus we come into that total union with him. We are joint heirs with Christ. We have the right to the use of his name, he is ours because we are his. When certain people tried to use the name of Jesus to cast out devils when they were not his, they regretted it.

They said to the demon possessed men: in the name of Jesus Christ who Paul preach, come out. The devil replied: “Jesus I know, Paul I know, but who are you” and tore at them (Acts 19:11-18).

Though they were not Jesus’, they tried to make a claim on him, make use of his name. Jesus said many will call him lord, lord, but he will tell them: I know you not, depart from me, you workers of iniquity (Matthew 7:22-23).

All authority power that we operated in is because of Jesus. Because he is our Lord: his plans becomes our plans, ditto his purpose, and we hunger for his presence.

We are the people of God and the sheep of his pasture (Psalm 100:3). He said he gave us the glory he was given by the father (John 17:22). The bible says that a man shall leave his father and mother and he joined to his wife, and the two shall become one and Paul said that was a mystery concerning Christ and the church. Christ left heaven and came to the earth to shed his blood, to be joined with humanity and a segment of humanity chose to be joined to him and become one with him.

When Adam was made he was given the gift of the Garden of Eden and when Eve was made, she did not have another garden made for her, but they both occupied the same Garden of Eden, what was Adam’s became Eve’s. They shared it. They were joint heirs (Genesis 2:7-25). Similarly, Jesus is the inheritor of the blessing that was proclaimed upon Abraham, and since what our beloved has is ours, we have that blessing (Galatians 3:14-18).

Of Jesus, it was said in him was life and the life was the light of men (John 1:1-4). Therefore being in Christ means we have access to his life. God has given us eternal life and that life is in his son Jesus and it is only in union with him that we can be anything or have anything worthwhile, because what we have from the first Adam is a cursed ground and a death judgement (Genesis 3). But in Jesus, we have righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). We have the Holy Spirit as gift from the father, the gifts he pours out of himself (Acts 2).

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