In my post, “John 17:21,” I ended on the note of evangelism as it related to this verse. And later, when I was discussing it with a friend, I had a huge seeing. I’d like to share what I saw with him that day about the daughters of Jerusalem and our Beloved.
My Beloved in the Godhead
I originally saw that true Church is the Father loving the Son and the Son loving the Father in our own bodies. Our unity forms as Their oneness is expressed. This is just simply amazing to me. The union of the Godhead indwells our bodies, making us one as He and the Father are One. WOW!
For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature]. And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].
Colossians 2:9-10 AMP
The World Around US: The Daughters of Jerusalem
Today I want to expound on how that union affects the world at large, and more particularly, the nominal Christians around us. In the Song of Songs, the Daughters of Jerusalem represent for us believers who have a passive relationship with our Loving God—in name only, so to speak. These nominal believers are pursuing their own lovers. It’s kind of like the citizens of the Kingdom parable, where those invited were too busy to attend the wedding feast (Mt. 22:1-14).
When the union of the Father and the Son indwells us (His Body), then the beckoning cry to pursue our Lover is heralded abroad. I see this so clearly in the Song of Solomon. These daughters say, “What is your beloved more than ours?” (Song of Sg. 5:9). But when they smell the fragrance of the Shulamite’s Love affair, they’re smitten. Their cries change dramatically (Song of Sg. 6:1, 10, 13 paraphrased):
- “Where is your Beloved?!”
- “Where is this One of whom you speak?”
- “Show us Him that we would know Him!”
Your Beloved: Life or Death
You see, the love of the Father towards the Son and the Son towards the Father in our midst makes an aroma that entices a reaction. To some, this scent is a fragrance to life, and for others an odor to death (2 Cor. 2:16). Our reaction will arise and reveal our choice—Life or death.
For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
2 Corinthians 2:15 NIV
This love emboldens the lovesick, desperate and dejected. Where all pursuits have led to nothing, the disappointed look up and are aroused by the awareness of true Love. Their flickering flame receives the wind of the Spirit. This breeze blows desire into a blaze to know and love HIM! It’s a Love affair whose flame sucks the very oxygen from every other spark. It is all-consuming!
“WHERE IS THIS BELOVED? I MUST HAVE HIM, TOO!”