“I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.” (Song of Solomon 7:10)
What an astute observation by the Bride of Her Beloved’s desire, since the Beloved has been explaining His view of His Bride (Song of Solomon 6:4-7; 7:1-9).
No, this is a statement of irony. He has described her eyes, hair, teeth, feet, thighs, hands, navel, belly, breasts, neck, head, nose, mouth, and lips. How could she not perceive His Love for her after such a beautiful description of her body parts?
There is seemingly no way the Bride could confuse her Beloved’s signals. But not so – because there are only a few, a very few, in the so-called House of God of the 21st Century, that understand Christ’s desire for His Bride. Song of Solomon 7:10 should be the automatic response after Christ gives such a glorious description of His view of His Bride.
But, Christian Reader, how many Christians do you know who could explain that the Song of Solomon is explaining the connection of Christ and His Bride?
How many Christians do you know who understand that Ephesians 5:22-33 reveal that the marriage between one man and one woman types out Christ and His Bride?
How many even know that Christ has a Bride?
How many know that the New Birth brings you to a Position of Knowledge (John 17:21-24)? This is a Position of Oneness, to Behold His Glory (His Perfection, His Preeminence, and His Perception); and a Position of His Love (His Power to Perform).
How many know of sitting down under His Shadow (or His Authority) with great delight; and the sweet taste of His Fruit (Song of Solomon 2:3)?
How many know of being brought to His Banqueting House and having His Banner of Love spread over them (Song of Solomon 2:4)?
How many have heard Christ say, “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away” (Song of Solomon 2:10, 13c)?
How many have heard Christ call them “my sister, my love, my dove… my undefiled is but one” (Song of Solomon 5:2; 6:9)?
How many have heard Him say, “How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!” (Song of Solomon 7:6)?
The answer to these questions is, “Evidently, not very many.”
For how many of them have you heard say, “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies” (Song of Solomon 6:3)?
Or say “I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me” (Song of Solomon 7:10)?
There are two major reasons for this condition in most so-called Christians today:
First, they must be Born from Above by the Spirit of God (John 3:3-8), whereby the Love of God is shed abroad in their heart (Romans 5:5). This gives the regenerated person the ability to “see” or to perceive the Kingdom of God. Also this gives him the power to “enter” into the Kingdom of God.
Then he receives not “…the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)
Then he receives not “…the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
But what he does receive is:
“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” (2 Timothy 1:9)
Without Regeneration, no matter of a person’s profession; he will not have the ability to see Christ as his Head, and to see the responsibility of being the Body of Christ. He will have no understanding of the husband and wife relationship with Christ. He will never experience real, full Communion with Christ in the House of God.
Many people have Revelation, but not Regeneration (they have not received the Gift of the Holy Spirit, which is the Holy Spirit Himself). They say they believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and have come forward and made a public profession both in word and by deed (that is, by water baptism).
But these things do not give Eternal Life. These things are the result of a person being given Eternal Life. For you must be Born from Above; and that is accomplished only by the Work of Regeneration in a person’s spirit by the Spirit of God. It is not by man’s good works or good motives (Ephesians 2:8-9).
The acid test that one is Born from Above by the Spirit of God is:
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:” (Romans 8:16)
“…whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15d) (That is, you know you are a Child of God and His is your Father (also Galatians 4:6).)
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23) (You bear the fruit of the Spirit.)
“And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” (Galatians 5:24)
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
There will be a change from walking in the flesh, to walking by faith. (See Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; and many, many more.)
The second reason for this condition is that the person may be Born from Above, yet they may have just started the Path of Sanctification. They are still in the baby-stage; they need to feed on meat, and not milk, to grow and mature.
Or they may need to go through the Potter’s House or the School of the Desert; which causes them to be found, smitten, wounded, and stripped of their veil of hypocrisy. This brings them to the end of self-sufficiency and causes them to lean on God’s Sufficiency (2 Corinthians 3:5). This also brings them to count the cost (Luke 14:26-33). It brings them to desire to win the Prize (Philippians 3:7-14). This brings them to surrender to God; to submit to His Word; to obey His Word; and to endure in that commitment, as having given their “all” (all of their body, soul, and spirit) to God. It causes them to say, as Isaiah said in Isaiah 6:8b, “…Here am I; send me.”
Others, who are Born Again, may need to be brought to “cross Jordan” and completely walk by Faith (or by Christ, who is The Faith). And then live His Life in their life (Romans 5:10-17); and walk in His Power and Victory (1 John 5:4).
All of this is a process of being brought to John 17:21-24. The Born from Above person must be conformed to His Image through God’s Plan of Conforming; which includes testing and trials (Deuteronomy 8:1-8; James 1:2-4; Romans 5:3-5).
“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls” (which is experiencing a temporal salvation in this life). (James 1:21)
The Apostle Paul, in 2 Corinthians 13:5, concludes:
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5)
Notice three words in Paul’s verse, “examine,” “prove,” and “know”:
Examine your profession by the Witness of the Spirit that you are a son of God (Romans 8:14-16).
Prove it by the fruit on the branches (Galatians 5:22-23).
Know it by experience; of tests, trials, and tribulation (Deuteronomy 8:1-8; Romans 5:3-5; James 1:2-4).
If these things be in you, then you can say:
“I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine…” (Song of Solomon 6:3)
“I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.” (Song of Solomon 7:10)