The Maiden

The maiden has been redeemed and brought into union with the King of Glory. She worships within the veil. Her strength is in the Lord strong and mighty. He is made unto her wisdom, the wisdom of God. And behind the veil of her lowly exterior, she is beholding, as in a mirror the glory of the Lord and is being changed into the same image from glory to glory by the Lord and the Spirit.

She has gladly sunk her separate identity in him because her only wish is to have nothing of her own and to be “found in him” (Philemon 3:9). She is called the Shulamite (Song 6:13), the Daughter of Peace — the feminine of Solomon, the Prince of Peace. She is identified with him in the eyes of others and shares his name. “This is his name, the Lord our Righteousness” (Jeremiah 23:6); and, “She will be called, the Lord our Righteousness” (Jeremiah 33:16).

My dove, is the only one, the choice one,” the Lord says. He speaks of his Bride, the choice one of the Holy Spirit’s seeking and preparing. “The two will become one . . . This is a profound mystery . . . concerning Christ and the Church” (Ephesians 5:31-32).

He refers to her as a dove who has hidden in his sidethe Cleft Rock of Ages — one who is joined to him in his risen life, to be increasingly conformed to his image in its purity and meekness.

He says she is but one, and his words correspond to his desire he expressed to his Father before he surrendered himself to the cross:

I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given me, that they may be one, even as We are one; I in them, and You in Me . . . perfectly united” –John 17:22-23

The heavenly Bride will consist of many who have been brought into unity of life and spirit with the Triune God. “Perfectly united,” He said, “as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us” (John 17:21).

Each believer who is one of the many who will form the heavenly Bride will prove their calling and show the Bride-spirit by consenting to leave all to follow the Lamb wherever he goes.

While we have been tracing this attitude of heart and spirit through this study of the Song of Solomon, we see the faithful heart assured of her union with the Glorious Lord. His Spirit bears witness with her spirit that she has come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, to the church of the Firstborn, enrolled in Heaven!

One with us!

These are marvelous words and the mystery of God! Can they be written of fallen sinners who have been sunk in the horrible pit of sin? The mystery of sin has been met by the mystery of God — God manifest in flesh; God in Christ reconciling the world to himself, followed by “this mystery . . . which is Christ in you, the hope [or assurance] of glory” (Colossians 1:27).

The Lord goes on to describe others in his Father’s Kingdom who have not yet entered into the unity of his Bride. There are some who are “queenly” — noble, victorious ones: these are not like others who are half-hearted, always saying, “Lord, I will follow you, but . . .” And yet others, “maidens without number,” though hidden ones, but are still babes in Christ, not yet able to bear the fellowship of his cross, or to follow him in his path of rejection and suffering.

There are also companions, who follow her when she is presented to the King, on the day when the voice of the multitude in heaven will say, “Hallelujah . . . let us give the glory to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife has made herself ready” (Revelations 19:6-7). And, lastly, there are those who are peculiarly called “Blessed,” because they are bidden to the marriage supper.

Meanwhile, the Lord, walking in the midst of his people, rings out the call to every blood-bought soul: “He who is victorious, I will grant him to sit beside me on My throne, as I also was victorious” (Revelations 3:21).

He who is victorious . . . I will write on him the name of . . . the city . . . the new Jerusalem, which descends from My God our of heaven, and my own new name. He who can hear, let him listen to what the Spirit says—not to the world — but to the churches –Revelations 3:12-13.

Nickolas
Doulos Studies

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