My beloved is mine, and I am his. (Song of Solomon 2:16)
This simple line is quite possibly one of the most stirring, encouraging and challenging, because it sums up so completely the relationship between Christ and His bride. It is a response to the complete need of every believer, a promise we can take hold of to treasure, believe and rejoice in. It is a comprehensive statement of faith that sums up the true grace and glory of salvation, and the remarkable love that led our saviour to the cross to pay the ultimate ‘bride price’ – His life.
I hold these words constantly close to my heart. They are my last thought as I go to sleep at night, and my first thought when I wake. They contain a security and an assurance that speak completeness to my spirit. While we yet wait to be united with Him forever in Heaven, we know that He will come to claim us and take us home, and that nothing can sever the bond between us.
In times when we are alone, perhaps even lonely, they offer comfort and the sure knowledge that He is there. As we go through trials and hardships, they are a reminder that He shares them with us. They bring to mind the countless promises He has given and secure our faith in Him. Nothing can separate us from Him. He is with us always, even to the end of the age. He loves us so completely that He was willing to lay down His life to restore us to Him. He paid for our sin, and took our punishment. He stormed the gates of Hell to set us free, paid the ransom and the price to redeem us from slavery to Satan, and released us into a freedom that we cannot even begin to quantify.
He counts the hairs on our heads – every day, He knows just how many there are. He has placed His own Spirit within us so that we will never be alone, and to guide us and teach us and comfort us. He knows the desires of our hearts, and by unutterable grace makes provision for every need, every weakness, every doubt. What we lack in our daily walk, He will provide.
We only have to consider the exchange at the cross to see that He has supplied every possible answer, even before we have asked. He endured our punishment, so that we could have total forgiveness. He was wounded, whipped and beaten so that we could be healed. He took our utter sinfulness upon Himself, so that we could be made righteous with His perfect righteousness. He died the death that is rightfully ours so that we might be imbued with His eternal life. He became a curse on the tree so that we might receive every blessing. He endured utter poverty so that we might share His total abundance. He bore our shame so that we would be able to share His glory. He suffered total rejection by the Father so that we might be accepted in Him.
This is love in action – perfectly perfect and completely complete. This is the message encapsulated in this simple line. In giving Himself in total surrender to the Father’s will for us, He gave Himself to us. The undeniable proof of His love makes Him ours without reservation. And it makes us His.
But, just as He was free to choose, so are we. We should never doubt that His sacrifice was willing. His life was not forcibly taken from Him. He laid it down. It was a choice that He made in the garden of Gethsemane, and which He remained faithful to right up until He surrendered His spirit on the cross. He did so in the knowledge that He had done all that was required, that it was ‘finished.’ His love for us in that moment was all-encompassing, all-consuming and satisfied every last requirement.
Therein lies the challenge inherent in this simple statement. It isn’t possible to have part and not all. We cannot simply say ‘my beloved is mine’ because it’s not a one-sided covenant. If we wish to lay claim to the one, we must willingly accept the other. ‘I am his’ is part of the equation. The two are halves of the whole, and one cannot exist without the other.
Are we willing to be His, totally and completely? Are we willing to surrender all and to take up our place beside Him? Life has much to offer, and it’s a rare and wonderful gift. But the very breath we draw is from Him. He is our Creator, our God, our King, and He has made it possible for us to be one with Him – in eternity, but also in this life through His ever-present Spirit in us.
This line encapsulates the rare and perfect peace that passes all understanding. It is a cause for constant joy and praise, for faith and worship. It reveals the whole redeeming grace of God, and is both a privilege and a blessing beyond price. It is with awe and reverence that we should draw near with joyful, complete surrender.
Lord Jesus, thank You that You have revealed Your perfect love. Thank You that we can say that ‘my Beloved is mine, and I am His.’ Let this always be the cry of our hearts, and the sure and certain knowledge that You are with us, both now and for all eternity.