In this series which I’ve titled “My Life as the Bride of Christ,” we’re going to look together at a few things that I believe make the marriage relationship unique and how our relationship with Christ is particularly special because we are His bride. (You can read Part 1 by clicking here)
#2. The marriage relationship is designed to be ‘til death do we part.
The Lord is described over and over again throughout scripture as steadfast and faithful, promising to NEVER leave us or forsake us. His love toward us is eternal. We were never designed “grow up and move out” like a child with their parents.
This is one reason I am so certain that we cannot lose our salvation and also one reason why I’m certain that God hates divorce. When God places His seal upon us and fills us with His holy spirit, He will never break that covenant with us. We are bound to Him eternally.
As Ephesians 5:31-32 says “’Therefore, a man shall leave [Greek: kataleipo – leave behind, to depart from, leave, forsake] his father and mother and hold fast to his wife and the two shall become one flesh.’ This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” Wow.
See, our children are designed to grow up and leave us, that they may become one flesh with their mate, and so are we to be ONE FLESH with Christ. We are His bride, and He is our bridegroom.
SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR US…. How does the fact that our relationship with Christ is eternal impact our lives?
We can demonstrate our love for Christ, by remaining certain of His love for us while we’re in the midst of trials.
I have been through some hard times in the last 23 years since I bowed my knee to Jesus, and I have been tempted countless times to doubt His love and power, and yet, God has proven Himself faithful to me over and over again. By remaining faithful in my love toward Him, and certain of His love for me, I commit my life into His hands until my last breath.
Stay tuned for “Part Three: The marriage relationship is deeply intimate, close and personal...”