Friday, August 27, 2010

Union and Communion with Christ

"The most amazing picture of all used by God to portray the believer's union with Christ is that of marriage. It is a figure which occurs again and again in the Word of God, notably in the Song of Solomon, in Psalm 45, in Ephesians 5, and in Revelation 21 where the church is referred to as "the Lamb's wife".

No greater honor could be given to us as believers than to be referred to as the "wife" of the glorious Son of God. It is a term implying a thousand comforting and reassuring thoughts to those who love Jesus. He and we are one...."Thy maker is thy Husband," (Isaiah 54:5). Christ will be our head and Husband long after the mountains and hills have been removed forever. (Isaiah 54:10). ..The Lord Jesus will not just be to us a Savior, but also a husband. As Savior he has delivered us from all our sins and miseries. As Husband he has lifted us up to the highest privilege conceivable; to be united in love eternally to One who is God.

As Christians we are on a journey which leads to our wedding day, and we would do well to remind ourselves of it frequently. This view of life will compensate us for the losses and crosses which are part of our present earthly experience. But we shall not care much about the occasional rainy day if we keep in view the warmth of Christ's embrace when the day of his espousals is come. If we suffer for and with him now we shall sit with him on his throne at last. It is easy to bear with the reproaches of men if we remember that all our detractors and persecutors shall give an account to our Lord in the end. Christ is not the husband to let his Bride lie under unkind aspersions forever."
~ Great God Of Wonders by Maurice Roberts

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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1