Pristine Grace

My Beloved is Mind and I am His
Song of Solomon 2:16
by Henry Mahan

     These are the words of the CHURCH, the words of all of the redeemed.

  1. He is mine because the Father GAVE HIM TO ME! "Thou gavest them me" (John 17:6), and I am His because the Father gave me to Him (John 6:37).
     
  2. He is mine and I am His BY A DIVINE UNION! As the vine and the branch, the head, and the body, my one husband is Christ (Eph. 5:28-32).
     
  3. He is mine and I am His BY PURCHASE! He bought me, redeemed me from the law and justice by His precious blood (I Peter 1:18-19). I own that "I am not my own, I am bought with a price."
     
  4. He is mine and I am His BY A MUTUAL AFFECTION! He loves me; that I CANNOT EXPLAIN except to say that the cause is found in His great heart. I CAN EXPLAIN why I love Him. "He is altogether lovely," and He has shed abroad His great love in my heart, enabling me to love Him and His.
     
  5. He is mine and I am His FOREVER! The union of Christ and His church can no more be dissolved than can the trinity, "I IN THEM AND THOU IN ME" (John 17:21-23).