The Song of Solomon is an intensely devotional book. It is also a prophetic book in that it describes for us the relationship between the believer and Christ, the ‘Beloved’, with an intimacy which looks forward to the relationship between the believer and Christ in the New Testament. It expresses for us with a wonderful intensity the happiness of the one who is RightWithGod through Jesus Christ.
The bible describes the relationship between Christ and the believer in many ways. But there is one which is particularly amazing, and that is, mutual possession, a two-way possession. Putting this in simple language, Christ possesses us and we possess Christ. The idea is present in many places in the bible, but in the Song of Solomon it is stated twice by the believer, with amazing confidence.
The first of these occurrences is in Chapter 2, verse 16: “My Beloved is mine, and I am His”; the second is in Chapter 6, verse 3: “I am my Beloved’s, and my Beloved is mine.” The happiness underlying these words in inescapable. The believer in this case is female. If there is a reason for this, it is that women are usually better at expressing their love than men, but there does not have to be any particular reason.
In this relationship of mutual possession, there is no coercion or oppression, as there sometime is in possessive relationships between human beings. There is here a willingness and gladness on both sides to be possessed. Human beings, by nature, are afraid of such a relationship. This fear tends to persist even after conversion, and must be forsaken, and replaced with a wholehearted and glad surrender to the total Lordship of Jesus Christ. Holding back in this matter is a cause of much unhappiness and lack of assurance among christians. True happiness lies in the relationship of “My Beloved is mine, and I am His”.
There is another amazing aspect of this. That is that, if there is this mutual possession, then He accepts her as His. He is not ashamed to own her as His own. The altogether righteous One is not ashamed to own a sinner as His own property, even His special treasure.
What is the explanation of such intense love on the part of Christ for His own? It is that He has loved her from the beginning, and purchased her. The believer is bought at a great price: nothing less than the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. He knows what that price was in a way that we cannot. But the result is that He now looks on every one He has purchased as an exceedingly precious possession.
The believer, on the other hand, is so aware of her own sin and unworthiness that she cannot understand how Christ could ever love her so much that He paid such a price for her. Not only so, but He is not ashamed to own her as His possession. The result is that she loves Him more than ever. He is truly and intensely her Beloved.