Remember we said that in our likening the covenant between Christ and his people to a marriage the love between the two consisted:
- Mutual resignation of one to the other
- Mutual delight in the other.
So on our part we freely, willingly consent to receive, embrace, and submit unto the Lord Jesus, as our husband, Lord, and Saviour, — to abide with him, subject their souls unto him, and to be ruled by him for ever. This we do initially upon conversion but also subsequently all our days. The delight in Christ, for his excellency, grace, and suitableness, far above all other beloveds whatever, preferring him in the judgement and mind above them all. In the place above mentioned, Song of Solomon 5:9, the spouse being earnestly pressed, by professors at large, to give in her thoughts concerning the excellency of her Beloved in comparison of other endearments, answereth expressly, that he is “the chiefest of ten thousand, yea,” verse 16, “altogether lovely,” infinitely beyond comparison with the choicest created good or endearment imaginable. The soul takes a view of all that is in this world, “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life,” and sees it all to be vanity, — that “the world passeth away, and the lust thereof,” 1 John 2: 16, 17. These beloveds are no way to be compared unto him. It views also legal righteousness, blamelessness before men, uprightness of conversation, duties upon conviction, and concludes of all as Paul does, Phil. 3:8, “Doubtless, I count all these things loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.”
Adapted from John Owen’s “Communion with the Triune God.”