The soul that desires to “know him” thirsts also after a blessed revelation of his dying love.
When the eye is spiritually opened to see the glory of Christ’s Person, it follows him as a suffering Mediator to Calvary, there to view him as a crucified Jesus, as the Lamb of God bearing our sins in his own body on the tree.
And as the child of God looks by faith to the bleeding Lamb, he desires to have a spiritual revelation and manifestation of the mystery of the cross to his heart, and by this dying love entering into his soul, he may “be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge,” (Eph. 3:18-19).
The dying love of Christ spiritually felt and realized can alone wean the soul from the world, and make the things of time and sense to appear in their true light, as stamped with vanity and vexation of spirit.
The dying love of Christ, also, revealed to the soul, is the only thing that can make us love Jesus, and cleave to him with full purpose of heart; and nothing but this can make us willing to leave the world, and part with the things of time and sense that so we may “ever be with the Lord.”
5. But in desiring to know Jesus by the teaching and revelation of the Holy Ghost, the soul that is born of God longs after a manifestation of him in all his covenant characters and relations.
Is he spiritually held up before the eyes of the understanding as the great High Priest over the house of God?
As such is he spiritually longed after to be known, that the power of his priestly intercession may be felt and realized?
Is he set forth in the Scriptures as the Church’s Bridegroom and Husband?
As such does the heaven-taught soul desire to realize his presence, and cry with the Bride (Song 1:2), “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth; for thy love is better than wine.”
Is he the Church’s Lord?
As such does she desire to bow at his feet, and say, “Other lords beside thee have had dominion over us; but by thee only will we make mention of thy name,” (Isa. 26:13).
Is he the Church’s ever-living and ever-loving head?
Out of his ever-flowing and overflowing fulness does she long to receive, and grace for grace.
Is he her Advocate, Intercessor, Mediator, Brother born for Adversity, yea, Friend who sticketh closer than any earthly brother?
As the Lord Jesus in those different covenant characters and endearing relationships is presented to the eyes of the spiritual understanding, faith flows out towards, hope anchors in, and love clasps firm hold of him as thus revealed; and thus ardent desires and fervent longings are kindled in the soul to know him experimentally in all these relations, and inwardly realize their sweetness and power.
Every character that Jesus sustains has some reference to the felt and urgent wants of his people; and thus as they are from time to time brought into those circumstances of need and distress to which he in these various characters is suited, their desires flow forth toward him, that he would thus graciously manifest himself unto them.
And thus, whatever treasures of grace and truth dwell in him, “in whom it hath pleased the Father that all fulness should dwell,” as each are spiritually and successively made known to the soul, it desires inwardly and experimentally to realize them. Nor does it want the gifts severed from the Giver, or the love from the Lover; but as the enamored bride desires to possess the husband as the centre of her affections, so does the soul taught of God desire inwardly to possess Jesus as the centre of her spirit’s worship and heart’s affections.
O Lord, whatever it takes; imprint in the inner recesses of our heart that YOU and YOU ONLY!! ARE THE BOSS