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Total Surrender

Total surrender to Christ is depicted in these verses as the Bride kisses Him in submission to His perfect will. She was filled with His desire to go to the villages and fields to reap the harvest of souls as a joint partner in His vision.

Many of us respond in pride, as did the Bride in Song of Solomon 2:16, when she said, “My beloved is mine and I am His.” There was a sense of her possessing the Shepherd, a sense of her personal pleasure as she held onto Him. But later, in Song of Solomon 6:3, she says, “I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine.” She went from proud possession to submissive surrender, which happens as the believer grows into the fullness of Christ’s disposition. At first, the believer says, “He’s mine.” However, receiving the teaching of the Word of God and applying the categorical doctrine in the details of life over a period of time reveals that He is the source and His children are but vessels for the outpouring of His love. As this progression of selflessness is established, the believer says, “I’m His.” In this process, the natural disposition receives less and less attention while availability to God’s will becomes total abandonment. Song of Solomon 7:10 says, “I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.” His love is shed abroad in her heart, and pleasing Him becomes her only concern. Revelation 4:11 says, “For his pleasure are we created.”

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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