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, and the fullness of Christ.
To be honest, for the longest time, I never would have thought that the use of spiritual gifts to build the Body of Christ, and attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ would be linked together with an intimate relationship with Christ, as pictured in Song of Songs, but I have come to see that the exercise in humility of our spiritual gifts with which our Lord has blessed each of us, 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 intended to be a byproduct of following Jesus on this great adventure in life on this earth.