In a world where marriage is an outdated tradition, it is relatively easy to dismiss God’s original design and definition of it.
I personally have asked Abba, why is it significant to You? Why is it so close to Your heart?
His answer caught me off guard. Read on at your own risk;
Jesus is ready to show you His heart…
Okay so let’s start with the basics. In Ephesians 5 we see the analogy of Christ and the church to a husband and wife.
Verse twenty-three reads, “For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church” and verse twenty-five, “husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her.” From this passage, it is clear that marriage is designed to represent our relationship to Christ Jesus. Right?
BUT… here’s what’s crazy…
We have yet to experience the fullness of our covenant relationship with Jesus. “Just as there was a betrothal period in biblical times during which the bride and groom were separated until the wedding, so is the bride of Christ separate from her Bridegroom during the church age”. Listen to what Paul says in 2 Corinthians:
…like a loving father, I have pledged your hand in marriage to Christ, your true Bridegroom. I’ve also promised that I would present his fiancee to Him as a pure virgin bride. 2 Corinthians 11:2 [TPT]
WHAT?! Okay wait… Earlier in Ephesians Paul tells us the Holy Spirit is given to us as a “pledge” of our inheritance, or what is to come (Eph. 1:13-14). The original Hebrew word translated into “pledge” can also be translated into “down payment” or “engagement ring”.
What does this mean?
Jesus is already committed to loving you. He demonstrated that by sacrificing Himself for YOU. He is literally down on one knee offering forgiveness, redemption, and life abundant to anyone who says yes to a covenant relationship with Him. Eagerly, Jesus offers the Holy Spirit as a promise to empower us to remain faithful to Him while we are awaiting our wedding day.
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready.
Jesus is our Bridegroom, the absolute lover of our being. And He is WAITING for His bride! Woah.
Okay. So what does our relationship with Christ have to do with marriage between man and woman?
Marriage is a physical representation of our relationship with Christ Jesus. Just as we are one with Him in spirit, we become one with our spouse (Gen. 2:24, 1 Cor. 6:17). Genesis tells us that both male and female are made in the image of God, therefore together with their individual and unique characteristics paint a fuller picture of who God is (Gen 1:27).
There is immense beauty in the intimacy between a man and a wife who share one life, one heart, and one bedroom. Marriage is a gift to us from God to grow in a deeper experiential and revelation knowledge of the great relationship we have with Him. Marriage is a prophetic declaration of what’s to come, as Jesus is awaiting His wedding day. What a selfless, beautiful blessing from our Bridegroom ♥
It is also a powerful invitation from the Lord to demonstrate His desire for each individual of the world.
So how do we do that? How do we honor and love Jesus, our Bridegroom, in the waiting before He returns?
Proverbs 31 holds an entire chapter dedicated to describing characteristics of a virtuous wife. Let’s dive in.
She will bring him good and not harm, all the days of her life
It is our responsibility as the bride of Christ to bring Him honor in all that we do. Just as a wife takes the name of her husband, so we also bear the name of Christ Jesus’ (Gal. 2:20). Because we no longer live, but Christ within us, we represent Him to the world.
Another way we can lovingly honor Jesus is by fighting for our purity. Just as a betrothed bride waits in purity for her wedding, we also must remain faithful in our waiting.
She searches out continually to possess that which is pure and righteous
Our adoration and devotion to Jesus should compel us to only desire what pleases Him: remaining loyal and keeping Him on the throne of our hearts. May we refuse to let anyone or anything take precedence in our hearts, for this is the place where righteousness and purity flow from (Prov. 4:23).
Lastly, we can honor our Bridegroom by consistently growing in awe of who He is. Proverbs 31:30 describes a virtuous woman being praised throughout eternity because she lives in wonder, awe, and fear of the Lord. Our hearts are captivated by Jesus when we fix our gaze on Him. His radiating splendor grows our adoration and reverence of Him. Because He is the author and perfecter of our faith, focusing on Him enables us to run with endurance the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1-2).
What an incredible privilege we have in being the bride of Christ! He passionately desires us to know Him as the intimate lover of our being, as our bridegroom. When we recognize this we are able to step into the beautiful position of His bride, eagerly awaiting His return. Although we are waiting to experience the fullness of our union with Christ, we will not stand idly by. We will represent this wonderful relationship to those who do not yet know Him.
Thanks for reading guys! I believe Jesus is showing Himself to you!
Much love ♥