"Union and Communion"
"Thoughts on 'The Song of Solomon'
Relating to Personal Fellowship with Christ"
with corresponding chapters from the Bible
By James Hudson Taylor
his little book, whose design is to lead the
devout Bible student into the Green Pastures of the Good Shepherd, thence to the
Banqueting House of the King, and thence to the service of the Vineyard, is one of
the abiding legacies of Mr. Hudson Taylor to the Church. In the power of an evident
unction from the Holy One, he has been enabled herein to unfold in simplest language
the deep truth of the believer's personal union with the Lord, which under symbol
and imagery is the subject of The Song of Songs. And in so doing, he has ministered
an unfailing guidance to one of the most commonly neglected and misunderstood of
the Sacred Scriptures. For how many have said in bewilderment at the richness of
language and profusion of figure which both conceal and reveal its meaning, "How
can I understand except some man should guide me?" It is safe to say that these
pages cannot fail to help and bless all such.
To those who knew him, Mr. Hudson Taylor's life was in the nature of emphasis upon
the value of this small volume. For what he here expounds he also exemplified. If
his words indicate the possibility and blessedness of union with Christ, his whole
life declared it in actual experience. He lived as one who was "married
to Another, even to Him Who is raised from the dead"; and as the outcome
of that union he brought forth "fruit unto God." What he was has given
a meaning and confirmation to what he has here said, which cannot be exaggerated.
It is inevitable that there are those who will read and reject as mystical and unpractical,
that which is so directly concerned with the intimacies of fellowship with the unseen
Lord. I would, however, venture to remind such that the writer of these pages founded
the China Inland Mission! He translated his vision of the Beloved into life-long
strenuous service, and so kept it undimmed through all the years of a life which
has had hardly a parallel in these our days.
This is really the commendation of the following short chapters. They proclaim an
evangel which has been distilled from experience, and form at least a track through
this fenced portion of God's Word, which will lead many an one who treads it into
the joys of Emmanuel's land.
J. STUART HOLDEN
June 1, 1914