Rock-Solid Orthodox Christianity

His Love is mysterious and hidden. The world certainly does not know this intimate fellowship with their Creator. Often they see Christianity as another religion and good works and deeds spring to mind.

Sadly, many in the church have too settled for a mediocre form of the gospel which is mostly of knowing about God and learning new things from the Scriptures; yet are devoid of a true deep inward relationship with their Lord Jesus Christ.

John Wesley spoke of his heart being strangely warmed by the Presence of God. All who are born again have experienced and (ought to) live in this inner embrace of His Presence.

Let us consider the foundation text:

Song of Solomon 2: 6-7
His left hand is under my head,
And his right hand embraces me.
I charge you, O daughters of
Jerusalem,
By the gazelles or by the does of the
field,
Do not stir up nor awaken love
Until it pleases.

Let us look at two things: Gazelles. They will flee at the slightest movement. The Presence of the Lord is like a dove and can lift from a meeting if we only slightly grieve Him. Kathryn Kuhlman was one who was very sensitive to this. Our abiding in Him and in His love and Presence is clearly shown here. Is this our experience? It should be, even in the beginning stage of our journey.

Daughters of Jerusalem. It is those from Jerusalem (religious structures) and not those from the wilderness who are guilty of this - trying to stir up or encourage young believers into an outward walk and doing things in the flesh.

Remember that John the Baptist did not come from Jerusalem but from the wilderness. It could also be said concerning our Lord Jesus in His earthly ministry. He was not trained as a rabbi or in the way of the scholars.

'Until it pleases' shows the sovereignty of God. When we are drawn into His Presence and more specifically, the Holy of holies, He does the drawing and we remain it this place until His Presence lifts.

Remember in the Tabernacle Notes

KEY = an UNUSUAL SERENITY and PEACEFULNESS will gradually spread over your soul
an awareness of the tangible Presence of Jesus and His embrace fills your being and your place
Song of Solomon 2: 6-7

In verse 8-13 we see that this visit is temporary. There are periods of absence. It is only later when the marriage is consummated (chapter 3:6 Wedding Procession coming out from the wilderness) that there is a oneness or union with the Lord with is unbroken. This occurs when we allow the Lord to take us through the difficult and long second stage of the classical Christian journey. This stage ends and we enter the resurrection stage or marriage.

Notice that this passage is replicated in Chapter 3: 5. The Bride has a dream of separation in Chapter 3: 1-5.

Song of Solomon 3: 1-5
By night on my bed I sought the one I
love;
I sought him, but I did not find him.
"I will rise now," I said,
"And go about the city;
In the streets and in the squares
I will seek the one I love."
I sought him, but I did not find him.
The watchmen who go about the city
found me,
To whom I said,
"Have you seen the one I love?"

Scarcely had I passed by them,
When I found the one I love.
I held him and would not let him go,
Until I had brought him to the house
of my mother,
And into the chamber of her who
conceived me.

I charge you, O daughters of
Jerusalem,
By the gazelles or by the does of the
field,
Do not stir up nor awaken love
Until it pleases.

This is symbolic of what often happens to Christians. They often lose what they experience in the beginning and do not know how to find it again. They go about the city, the streets, the squares of Jerusalem and do not find it. Only once they pass the watchmen (often those in the five-fold ministry do not have the answers either!) do they find the answer to their quest - in the wilderness (cf 3:6).

Let us also consider what is spoken of the watchmen in Chapter 5:7.

The watchmen who went about the city
found me.
They struck me, they wounded me;
The keepers of the walls
Took my veil from me.

I, too, have been through this and know the fullness and reality of this. The way back is through the rock-solid classical Christian foundation above. Everything in it is important and it will be the quickest way back to a solid, sound relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ for those of us who have lost our way.

PS: Most believers have lost their way today and some don't even know it. Yes, they know it in their hearts but often the church world speaks contrary to this.

The end stage of the classical Christian journey is seen in Chapter 3: 6-8.

Song of Solomon 3: 6-8
Who is this coming out of the
wilderness
Like pillars of smoke,
Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense,
With all the merchant's fragrant
powders?
Behold, it is Solomon's couch,
With sixty valiant men around it,
Of the valiant of Israel.
They all hold swords,
Being expert in war.
Every man has his sword on his thigh
Because of fear in the night.

We see the Shekinah glory resting on the Bride of Christ here. She has been through the Great Death in the middle stage of the classical Christian journey; hence the reference to myrrh and frankincense. Myrrh and frankincense are the spices used in burial and in worship. Inward worship goes hand in hand with the death of self life which takes place as we learn to surrender fully to our Lord Jesus. As our self life is consumed, a fragrance goes forth. We see the sharpness of the sword of the Spirit which accompanies the Bride of Christ as she comes out of the wilderness, not alone, but with the Lord Jesus close to her side.