After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family.And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt (1 Sam 18:1-4 NIV).
The Spirit loves to play with figures and to give them new and astonishing meanings portraying the deep things of God. In this brief passage Saul becomes the Father who won’t let us leave His house. Not in order to inhibit our freedom, but to let us always move in His infinite freedom. His son Jonathan is transmuted into Christ, and David is you and I.
If you ever have wondered about this union with Christ we so often speak about, well, here it is plainly spelled out. Christ has joined Himself to us so that we are one in spirit. He the beautiful source who is all in all in us, and who loves us as Himself! Can you hear what the Spirit says to you? Christ loves you as Himself! As if that wasn’t enough, He has made an eternal covenant with you and me.
To prove his love and how far the covenant reaches Jonathan does some startling things. He endows upon David His robe of righteousness (Isa 61:10). The tunic was made of fine linen and the book of Revelation points out how the redeemed are dressed in fine linen (19:14). The tunic is also a priestly garment symbolizing how we in Christ are elevated to be priests before God. It was further made of ONE piece meaning we are one person with God.
It is Paul in his letter to the Ephesians who writes that the sword is the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. The tremendous truth is that the word is made flesh in you and me. This word isn’t the dead letter, but a dynamic pulsating creative force which speaks into expression what already exist in God by those words He speaks by us and as us. “And even His sword….” Who in the spiritual realm could have imagined that Christ even would give us His sword? The “Let there be light!” sword! Christ Himself!
The bow is a symbol of victory. “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere” (2 Cor 2:14). The belt of truth is the last item David receives. Jesus said about Himself: “I am the way, the truth and the life.” Our position is in Christ which is the guarantee that this scripture is fulfilled in us. Let’s forget appearances – we are walking the way!