The Bible refers to it as being “betrothed”.
As strange and disconcerting as this life appears to be at times, the immensity of its importance cannot be overstated. We cry, we laugh, we ponder and we dream! But these all work in unison, weaving a tapestry of love that will extend into all eternity.
The One to whom we are betrothed, Jesus Christ, permeates our thoughts, minds and souls through His Holy Spirit who is the Comforter sent by the Father into our hearts at the request of His only begotten Son.
What a fulfillment of the Father’s love towards us, who have been created not only after His own image, but also have been spiritually born again into His very essence:
“Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began…” (2 Timothy 1:9)
We are truly “new creations” in Christ Jesus!
If you ever feel pressed in the spirit, aggravated in your emotions or just simply bored in your day-to-day routine … you can be assured of one thing:
God’s presence will NEVER leave you! His love will NEVER fail you! And His deliverance will ALWAYS be ready to rescue you from every contrary situation that may befall you in this life. You can be assured of that truth!
Oh, the wonder of it all! The splendor of it all! The absolute majesty of it all!
He is not only preserving us in this life unto His heavenly Kingdom; but, in every moment, every circumstance, every prayer and cry unto His throne of grace He is preparing us to be His eternal bride … a bride which will be ever faithful and joined together with Christ as one throughout the eternal “ages to come”.
Just try and imagine all of the Father’s dreams that are yet to be created, manifested and revealed unto us when our betrothal is consummated.
“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-11)
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” (1 Corinthians 2:12-13)
So, take courage brothers and sisters. The best is yet to come! Things so beautiful and extraordinary that it will take a glorified body just to appreciate and behold them all … let alone interact with them. Because…
“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.” (1 Corinthians 15:19-20)
Sometimes it may seem as though we are being forced to drive slowly down a dusty road on a foggy night. But we need only to stand fast in hope and without fear. Because in and through the power of the Holy Ghost, we are being intricately and delicately prepared to be the Bride of Christ.
“…even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:25-27)
And so shall we be in that Day! And just in case you doubt it, allow these words to encourage you in the Way:
“Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb?” (Isaiah 66:9)
“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24)
“The LORD will perfect that which concerneth you.” (Psalms138:8)
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6)
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