We’ve been all the way through the Song of Songs. We’ve discussed many of the issues and the theology that surround the book; there isn’t much left that I can say about it… except for the best part of all.
Do you remember how desperately “She” yearned for “He” in the story, how close and intimate she wanted them to be together, and how “He” also yearned for that closest of relationships? That relationship of intimate personal contact has come, and is available to all of Christ’s followers, TODAY.
We may not yet be perfect in this relationship, and many would say that this perfect image of His likeness will only be attained in eternity, and I would tend to agree with them. Yet that does not mean that the intimacy pictured in the Song is beyond our reach.
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
To attain the whole measure of the fullness of Christ is to attain this intimate personal relationship with Him, and this is made possible by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit which His followers receive. This indwelling is by the way, the most erotic of all images, if you’ll pardon me for pointing it out.
It has been pointed out to me recently that many, maybe most Christians do not have such a close relationship with Jesus Christ, but that is not because it isn’t attainable, for look closely at this little passage above, and you will see the linkage between the spiritual gifts mentioned being used to build up the Body of Christ, and the attainment of maturity in the faith and unity of the Body, with the fullness of Christ. If you want to hear more about this, then listen to the sermon podcast I posted yesterday, which is about Ephesians 4:7-16.
I must tell you that it would seem to be no coincidence in my life that I am here in the last week of my most excellent adventure in Illinois teaching spiritual gifts over the past month, and writing a series of posts on the Song of Songs. I had no intention of having each influence the other, but they have. To be more precise, it never occurred to me that they might coincide, but they have. I can now see that the exercise in humility of our spiritual gifts with which our Lord has blessed each of us, to build the Body of Christ by making disciples who in turn make disciples leads us directly to the maturity in Christ and unity of purpose that leads us to that fullness in Christ that is so yearned for in the Song of Songs. Yes, dear reader, it is not only attainable for each of us in this lifetime, but it is supposed to be a byproduct of following Jesus on this great adventure in life on this earth.