26: Paul & the Husband
Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014Print
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Who is the Bride of Christ, and how does she make herself ready? These questions and more are explored in this piercing series as Martha digs deep into the blessings AND requirements of Christ's own Bride.
For I am zealous for you with a godly eagerness and divine jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:2 AMP
Jesus called Himself the Good Shepherd, the Bread of Life, the Light, the Way, the Truth and the Life. Many names He gave Himself. John the Baptist referred to Jesus ever as “the Christ.” By a rare understanding John had one other name, precious and shocking for a Sovereign Creator. He called Him bridegroom.
John named himself “the voice” and never presumed even his legitimate title of “elijah” called so by the Master Himself. The sole explanation of his purpose and goal was “friend of the bridegroom.” In the Gospels, John alone knows the name of Jesus in terms of the Ultimate Wedding.
Paul, Revealer of the Husband
In the Epistles, Paul the Apostle, as the only writer, takes up the great subject of the Husband God. This Jewish convert, this one who spent years in the Arabian Desert taught by the Lord Jesus in person, took forward to the newly born Church, the claims of the Divine Husband. In discipling the Gentile believers, Paul’s goal and direction, his stated purpose was preparing the Bride in purity and single focus for the Holy Groom.
Decrying loyalties to human leaders, yet he claimed loyalty to himself, a paradox only the Spirit of God could author. Only one whose purpose was God Himself could be trusted to demand such a personal place of authority. Paul used the power of his position to gain Christ’s end and not his own.
Reading 2 Corinthians 11:13; 11:21-29
Paul’s passion and direction, as was John’s: the desire of the Bridegroom for a companion of resemblance. Fighting and contending for the Corinthian loyalty, not to himself nor to anyone save the One Only who merited it. His travail and focus, his labor and heart anguish, his entire energy and passion, living for the place of Christ as Divine Husband.
But now I am fearful lest that even as the serpent beguiled Eve by his cunning, your minds may be corrupted and seduced from whole hearted and sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
2 Cor. 11:3 AMP
Exhorting and opposing for their loyalty, throwing all his power of spiritual persuasion into an impassioned and ordered appeal, Paul fights for the rightful place of the Husband God, center and master of every believer. The believer who knows the intimate heart of the Father and His purpose for the Son enters the great Quest for the Bride and the lowly service of her holy preparation.
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