The Divine Romance of a Universal Couple

Experiencing, Enjoying, and Expressing Christ is a series of volumes which covers the whole New Testament. Details are here. Below is an excerpt about the divine romance.

New Jerusalem

In Revelation 21:2 John tells us, “And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Revelation 21:9 says that New Jerusalem is “the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

The subject of the Bible is a divine romance of a universal couple; the male is God Himself, and the female is God’s chosen and redeemed people (Gen. 2:21-24; Isa. 54:5; Jer. 2:2; 3:14; 31:32; Ezek. 23:5; Hosea 2:7, 19; Matt. 9:15; John 3:29). In both the Old Testament and the New Testament, God likens His chosen people to a spouse (Isa. 54:6; Jer. 3:1; Ezek. 16:8; Hosea 2:19; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:31-32) and a dwelling place for Himself (Exo. 29:45-46; Num. 5:3; Ezek. 43:7, 9; Psa. 68:18; 1 Cor. 3:16-17; 6:19; 2 Cor. 6:16; 1 Tim. 3:15). The spouse is for His satisfaction in love. As the bride of Christ, the New Jerusalem comes out of Christ, her Husband, and becomes His counterpart, just as Eve came out of Adam, her husband, and became his counterpart (Gen. 2:21-24). She is prepared by participating in the riches of the life and nature of Christ.

This excerpt lists many verses about the romance between God and His people. One portion is the latter part of Ephesians 5. Here Paul speaks about husbands and wives but his emphasis is seen in verse 32, “This mystery is great, but I speak with regard to Christ and the church.” Human marriage is a picture of Christ and the church.

God’s New Testament people are the church and they, with God’s Old Testament people will become the eternal wife, New Jerusalem. This living city is the conclusion of the divine romance of a universal couple.

Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, may be viewed at online.recoveryversion.org; this too is copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry.

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  1. The Eternal Divine-Human Marriage | New Jerusalem – A Biblical View
  2. Seeing how the Entire Bible is a Divine Romance and Giving Ourselves to Love the Lord — a God-man in Christ

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