“…Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.”
The Beloved has fully prepared his Love to receive his command and obey his command. The Beloved now cites seven conditions as reasons to prove that it is time to follow his command.
First, we consider the “What”: “Rise up.”
Here the Beloved speaks to his Love the command to “rise up.” This can be considered physically, which means that the bride was lying down. But also figuratively, meaning it is time to change from waiting to action. He is saying: Now is the reason fully revealed as to the why of my appearing to you and the manner of my approach to you. (See the devotions on Song of Solomon 2:8-9.) No more waiting – now is the time; today; at this moment.
This also is to be considered spiritually. We see an example in the story of Esther. It is Esther’s time to come into the presence of King Ahasuerus. Esther was the king’s pick to become his wife and lover. The king calling Esther represents Christ calling His Wife, the Church, to be His Queen and Lover in fellowship and communion in truth. Christ has prepared His Bride in revelation and regeneration. According to John 14:3, Christ said He would bring the Apostles to where He would be. In John 17:24, Jesus prayed:
“Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.”
Where was Christ after His Resurrection? The answer: in the Presence of God.
“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” (John 17:21)
In regeneration, the regenerated ones come to perceive their unity in Christ. They come to see, according to Romans 9:23-24:
“And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,” (Romans 9:23)
“Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?” (Romans 9:24)
They have been brought into the Presence of their Beloved to Behold His Glory; unto which they had been ordained (Romans 8:29-30; John 17:21-24).
However, this Command of Christ to “Rise up” is more than regeneration, which has already happened at this point. It is a command to come to intimate communion with Christ. Paul prayed for this type of intimacy with Christ (Philippians 3:8-14); to win Christ; that is to know Christ:
“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” (Philippians 3:10-11)
The nature of His Command to “Rise up” is fully identified in the phrase “and come away.” That is, “rise up,” get up, wake up; it is now that you are to come away with me.
This brings us to the seven conditions:
First, this means to forget all others beside me.
Second, come to My special “Prepared” Place: this place is of Our Oneness in Knowledge (in Perfection, Preeminence, and Perception) and Our Oneness in Love (in Power to Perform My Law of Love). (See John 17:21-26.)
Thirdly, Peter described it as coming:
“To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled…” (1 Peter 1:4a);
“…unto praise and honour and glory…” (1:7c);
“Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls” (1:9);
“…and hope to the end for the grace…” (13d).
Fourth, it is to us in this present life; to leave the philosophy of this world; and walk no longer by sight, but by faith.
Fifth, He is commanding us to come away to His full Communion and His full Power, to walk with Him as He walked before others in love; and thereby be perfected (1 John 2:4-6).
Sixth, it is to come to be an “overcomer” over this world and its drawing power; to be victorious daily over the flesh and sin.
And seventh, it is to bear the Fruit of the Spirit and not the fruit of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-23).
The Second part of this verse to consider isthe “Who”: “my love, my fair one.”
The Beloved leaves no doubt as to whom he directs his command; it is to my Love, my fair one. The one I chose; the one I called; the one I have prepared by revealing my love to her. The one I have forsaken all others for; the one I have kissed with the kisses of my mouth (1:2). The one I have drawn (1:4); the one I have looked upon (1:6). The one I have fed (1:7-8); the one I have dressed in royal attire (1:9-11). The one whose breasts I lie between all night (1:13); the one who has doves’ eyes (1:15). The one I have given authority to sit under my shadow (2:3), and taste my fruit (2:3c). The one I brought to the banqueting house (2:4a); and the one over whom I placed my banner of love (2:4b). The one I stayed with drink and comforted with my fruit (2:5). The one whose attention I have directed to me and me alone (2:6a). The one whom I have embraced, confirming my love to her (2:6b). The one whom I have appeared unto and have approached (2:8-9); and now the one to whom I have given my command to “Rise up… and come away” (2:10).
Therefore, there can be no doubt to her that her Beloved is speaking to her. There is no doubt to all the other women, that the king had chosen, called, and prepared only this particular woman. As well as all knew that Esther was chosen, called, and prepared; and made to be his queen:
“And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.” (Esther 2:17)
So it is with Christ and His Bride. She was chosen, called, and prepared; and given to be His Bride. He gave all, even Himself, to purchase His Bride in His Office Work as Sacrifice, Substitute, and Savior for His Bride on the Cross in His Atonement for her Reconciliation, Redemption, and Justification for her sin debt to God, on the basis of His Election (Ephesians 1:3-11); His Atonement. Then He called her unto Himself (2 Timothy 1:8-9); and brought her into His Communion, into His Life; and made her His Dwelling Place. (See 1 Corinthians 3:16; Romans 8:8-16; Galatian 4:1-7; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; etc.)
Now He commands her to “Rise up… and come away” with Him. That is, come to the Prepared Place, the Place of the Knowledge of her Participation in His Glory.
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