The Divine Romance

This is one of my infrequent excerpts from Experiencing, Enjoying, and Expressing Christ by Witness Lee and © by LSM. More about this here.

New Jerusalem

The divine romance is first portrayed by Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden and is ultimately realized in New Jerusalem. In Revelation 21:2 John tells us, “And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” New Jerusalem is not a physical city; it is the bride of Christ.

Ephesians 5:25-27 shows us that Christ, in the divine romance,
• gave Himself (in the past) on the cross to obtain His bride,
• is (in the present) sanctifying the bride, the church,
• will (at His return) present the bride to Himself glorious.
When the bride becomes glorious, not having spot or wrinkle and without blemish, she will match Christ. This is portrayed in Song of Songs.

The divine romance is portrayed poetically in Song of Songs. In Song of Songs the seeker passes through a process to become the Shulammite, the duplication of Solomon and a figure of the New Jerusalem (6:13, 4). The lover’s name, Shulammite, which is the feminine form of Solomon, is first used in Song of Songs 6:13, indicating that at this point she has become Solomon’s duplication and counterpart, the same as Solomon in life, nature, and image, as Eve to Adam (Gen. 2:20-23). This signifies that the lover of Christ becomes the same as He is in life, nature, and image to match Him (2 Cor. 3:18; Rom. 8:29) for their marriage. The lover of Solomon, having passed through various stages of transformation, has become Solomon’s duplication. The New Jerusalem will be a corporate Shulammite, including all of God’s chosen and redeemed people.

Related posts:
The Bride in the Garden and the City
New Jerusalem Prepared as a Bride

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