So is my darling among the maidens.”
—Song of Solomon 2:2 (NASB)
I’m sure that one meaning of this verse is Christ’s view of Believers who comprise His church, that we’re a very beautiful thing to Him among the ugliness of all the rest. But I can’t help seeing this not just as an expression of His love for us, but His way of teaching that while on this earth, we are living in somewhat hostile conditions. While faith produces a very positive vision for how Christ sees us, it also is realistic in assessing and dealing with the surroundings. Having been transformed from a thorn ourselves, we now need to deal with the fact that we live among such thorns. This is expressed in a number of ways in Scripture.
—Matthew 10:16 (NASB)
—John 15:19 (NASB)
—1 John 5:19 (NASB)
Yes, Christ sees what we are becoming, what we will be when finally and permanently reconciled to Him physically for all eternity. But He also sees our example to everyone around us, not giving in to the rough terrain and even managing to show everything around us what is possible in Him. We are both an external witness of His life-changing power, and an internal witness to endurance according to His will and ways.†††