Conquering the Captivity of the World

As I prepared to post this announcment of my next sermon series (post-Easter) I heard R.C. Sproul reading the following words from Scripture in preceding a song:

John 1:9–14 ESV “The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Very few know that Song of Solomon finds various allusions in the writings of the apostle John. Moreover, even fewer are aware of the traditional interpretation of Song of Solomon by the Jews and later by the Church. Reduce this even more, and we find even fewer who have an accurate understanding of the drama of the Song of Solomon in a way that honors all of Scripture. In eight planned messages I hope to introduce my church family to this redemptive book where the bride (the Church) longs for her true love (Christ) while captivated by the world (Solomon’s lust). We will learn that love covers a multitude of sins and with faith conquers the world. For the Church, there is no contest between Christ love and the false one’s lust. Christ will win her, the Church. May we be counted among the number of those whose love is only awakened by the one to whom it belongs—Christ Jesus Alone!

Here’s the series bookmark that will be distributed this Sunday. I covet your prayers as I take on this massive and beautiful treatise of true love for Christ, and for Christ’s glory!