The Love Story of the Bible

New JerusalemBeginning with Adam and Eve, many married couples in the Bible are pictures of New Jerusalem as the eternal, universal marriage of the Triune God and all His people. Recent posts looked at Genesis, Exodus, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, Matthew, John, Corinthians, and Ephesians. In Revelation 19:7 we rejoice because the marriage of the Lamb has come. In this marriage the Triune God embodied in Jesus Christ is the Husband and New Jerusalem is the wife.

Here is an encapsulation of what I presented in this series of posts:

The entire revelation of the Bible shows us the love story of a universal couple. That is, the sovereign Lord, who created the universe and all things, the Triune God — the Father, the Son, and the Spirit — who went through the processes of incarnation, human living, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension, and who ultimately became the life-giving Spirit, is joined in marriage to the created, redeemed, regenerated, transformed, and glorified tripartite man — composed of spirit, soul, and body — who ultimately constitutes the church, the expression of God. In the eternity that is without end, by the divine, eternal, and surpassingly glorious life, they will live a life that is the mingling of God and man as one spirit, a life that is superexcellent and that overflows with blessings and joy.*

Because New Jerusalem is a marriage, love is prominent. This is not our natural love but the love of God given to us which becomes our love to unite us with Him. Because of God’s love, He redeemed us, made us alive, and deposited His love in us:
• Herein is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son as a propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
• God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us…made us alive together with Christ. (Ephesians 2:4-5)
• The love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:5)
• We love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

Lord, thank You for Your love. Constrain me to love You from now unto New Jerusalem.

* See Revelation 22:17 in this online NT (© LSM).

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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