October 26 ‘16 Seeing What Really Is Part 18 ~Paul Gray
“The first thing God did after He created humans was that “He blessed them.”
Ephesians 5:31-33 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Mirror (vs 32) The secret of a successful marriage is reflected in this inseparable union between Christ and the church, as God’s redeemed image and likeness in mankind. (This union ultimately defines both marriage and church.)
Our marriage relationship is a mystery, like Christ and His church, however now we can start “Seeing What Really Is” and it’s no longer a mystery!
As Paul wrote in Romans 7, our old “husband, Mr. Law,” died and we no longer have any relationship to him. Jesus initiated, drew us all into Him and made us His bride. We have His name, identity, inheritance. We have all that He is…for better or worse, rich or poor, sickness and health and nothing will ever separate us from His love!
That is who we are…our True Identity…and Jesus did that! He chose us and He transferred us from the kingdom of darkness into His Kingdom of light. He made us pure, spotless, His perfect bride! Now, just like any bride that has a former identity, we grow into learning who we are and realize the rights and privileges of being His bride!
Jesus…your husband, wants you to know this is all true and He wants you to know His love is unconditional. His grace is abundant and amazing and you have been totally reconciled to Him; totally included forever and he never imputes or counts sin against you…you are His beloved Bride!
Don Keathley: “The good news is that the Father through the Son in the Spirit has already chosen, redeemed, justified, sanctified, fully reconciled, forgiven, made righteous, and made you complete in Christ. All of this was done in Christ before the foundation of the world…Now you be reconciled or in simple English, wake up to who you really are and live the abundant life that He promised in the here and now”
Steve McVey: “The first thing God did after He created humans was that “He blessed them.” The first thing He said to them was, “Be fruitful.” That’s who God is.”