Coming to maturity as a Christian, is it really clinging to Christ more. It is the opposite of worldly maturity, in which people become more independent. You see in Christian maturity, we grow in being dependent upon him. And so, what is happening here, is that Christ in great love for His spouse, He is chastening the believer here, in a compromised, half-hearted state. As a father chastens those, his son, in whom he loves and whom he delights. Brethren, we must learn to be careful, not to provoke Christ to withdraw the sense of His presence. “Let not conscience make you linger, Nor of fitness fondly dream; All the fitness He requireth is to feel your need for Him.” And this he gives you. This is the Spirit working in you, when we feel our need for him. Then look, he calls you “My undefiled,” or as the New American Standard translates it, “My perfect one” – Songs of Solomon 5:2. Notice, he’s not looking at the door, he’s not knocking at the door in wrath for you, he calls you now, his undefiled, because from the moment someone truly repents and puts their faith in Christ, God is never angry at the believer again. Because as we just sung there, “On that cross, the wrath of God was completely satisfied.” He was punished in our place, Jesus cried out upon that cross, “It is Finished!” -John 19:30.
Do you see that? It is finished, are you still trying to finish it? Because seeing that is eternal life. Seeing what he has done there, that He has completely and perfectly satisfied the wrath of God on behalf of all those who will trust Him. He paid the penalty for the sins of His Bride; past, present, and future. You know when I first went to a church, I was told there that when you believe, Christ, He paid for the sins up to point when you become a Christian. Then you were sort of left in…(a sober laugh) That didn’t bring me much joy. Of course, it’s false. But He has taken away our sins “as far as the east is from the west” the Bible says. (Psalm 103:12) So far He has removed our transgression from us. I mean, think about this, how far is the east from the west? You just keep going. He says “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness,” This is what He is doing here at the door. “and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” – Hebrews 8:12. You see, He brings us under conviction to chasten us as Father chastens the son in whom he delights, in whom he loves. But once you rest in His finished work, He never comes to you in wrath again. God didn’t go to such an expense, to pay for your sins so He could just frown at you all day long. Everything Christ does is perfect. You see, when he saves someone, He perfectly saves them. When God adopts someone as His child, He perfectly adopts them. When God forgives someone, He perfectly forgives them. It’s not like what man often does were they say, “I forgive someone,” than they bury the axe but they leave the hatchet showing so they can dig it up at a later date.
“I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, your transgressions, and, as a thick cloud, your sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed you.” – Isaiah 44:22. Look believer, despite your feelings of neglect of Him, He’s not knocking to you in anger, He calls you, “My undefiled.” – Song of Solomon 5:2 These hands that knock here have holes in them, pierced for your sin believer. Is that not enough for you? This should really motivate you to just yield yourself to him.
Have you come to this place were you’ve seen Christ’s love? Or do you still see him as a hard task master? Again, it is finished upon that Cross. Just surrender to His love. You’ve “passed from death unto life.” – John 5:24. If you would just surrender to what He has done, His finished work. If you come to Him, he we will not cast you out. (John 6:37). But come to Him to His terms, yield to Him. Surrender to His love. Stop trying to save yourself and say, “Lord, save me.” So let’s close in prayer.