The Church is referred to as the bride of Christ, which is very interesting and exciting if you think about it. If you can picture the Church’s relationship with Christ as a spousal relationship then some significant truths may come into sharp focus.
Being the bride of Christ puts the church in oneness with the Lord and speaks to a level of intimacy that is unparalleled by any other relationship between two persons. Interestingly enough the union between the Son of God and his bride is not like one of those prearranged marriages in which the parties involved has no say. The Lamb and his bride are not forced together by political circumstances and legal requirements, it is a union bought of love.
….”I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness. “Jeremiah 31:3, which speaks to God’s relationship with Israel, also typifies the relationship between Christ and the Church. Even though all creation was made by Him and for Him, the Son of God set out to woo His bride. He wants a relationship, an intimate relationship with his bride but there was a problem that created a divide. This problem is called sin, so first thing first “He became sin that He may destroy sin in the flesh. Jesus destroyed sin so that there would be no division between Him and his bride. With sin out of the way there is also no threat of separation.
Christ then holds out his nail scared hands and says, I did this for you so that you would know how much I love you …will you marry me? The choice remains ours to say yes or no.
….He is in this marriage for better and for worse
Ok, so we accepted his proposal. Christ is in it to win it. He is not some ruler who has taken a trophy bride, puts her up in His castle and forgets about her. He stays involved in His bride’s life actively being provider, protector, comforter, friend and lover. He is determined to maintain the marriage. Keeping it joyful and exciting. We know that Christ does not like divorce and he taught us that Moses only wrote the “bill of divorcement” because of the hardness of man’s heart, therefore He is in this marriage for better and for worse.
..I love you …You are my bride.
His method of keeping his marriage is not one of intimidation, fear and abuse. He is a good, kind and loving husband. God used the life of the prophet Hosea to illustrate this fact about himself in relation to Israel and it also is a type of Christ and how He is with the Church. Hosea was told by God to marry a woman of impure character and in the face of her infidelity God instructed the prophet to go after her reassuring her of his undying love for her. Christ is not standing over the Church with a big stick in order to drive the fear of hell into her. He is saying I love you, do not sin, it is not good for you, but if you sin don’t run away from me. I am here for you. I will take care of you…I love you …You are my bride.
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