A recent post presented a song, “The Bible is a romance…God and His chosen people. God in Christ is the Bridegroom, His saints, the Bride, portrayed.”
The first portrait of this romance is Adam and Eve; the reality and consummation is
“the bride, the wife of the Lamb…the holy city, Jerusalem” (Revelation 21:9-10).
Here are all the posts in this series on the divine-human romance, consummating in New Jerusalem, presented in the order of the books of the Bible:
Adam and Eve (Genesis 2) are a picture of Christ and the church in Ephesians 5.
The Triune God’s seeking a bride is portrayed by Abraham’s servant sent to obtain a bride for Isaac. (Genesis 24)
God wooed His people Israel and desired that they love Him. (Exodus) Deuteronomy 6:5 says, “You shall love Jehovah your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
Boaz redeemed and married Ruth as a picture of the divine-human marriage. (Ruth)
Ruth’s seeking played a great role in her marriage to Boaz. May we be those who “follow the Lamb wherever He may go.” (Revelation 14:4)
The Lord is our Husband and Redeemer in Isaiah 54. He redeemed His people so that He could marry them.
He loves us with eternal love, draws us with His lovingkindness, and writes His new covenant in our hearts. (Jeremiah 31)
This marriage is of God, rooted in His righteousness, lovingkindness, compassions, and faithfulness. (Hosea)
The Lord Jesus is the Bridegroom—this is His word in the gospels. To prepare us to be His bride, we need Him as our new garment to be our righteousness and as our new wine to enliven us.
The Spirit fills us to burn brightly as we go to meet the Bridegroom. (Matthew 25)
We cooperate with the Spirit’s filling to be burning as we go forth. (Matthew 25)
We have been betrothed to our Husband, Christ. May we be kept single and pure for Him! (2 Corinthians 11)
Husband and wife in Ephesians 5:22-33 are strongly tied to the eternal Husband and wife. Verse 32: “This mystery is great, but I speak with regard to Christ and the church.”
Let us rejoice and exult…for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife, New Jerusalem, has made herself ready. (Revelation 19)
The Lamb’s wife made herself ready by receiving Him as our eternal righteousness and by living Him as our daily righteousness. (Revelation 19)
The holy city, New Jerusalem…a bride adorned for her husband. The eternal Husband is the Lamb, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. (Revelation 21)
The Spirit and the bride in oneness say, Come! in response to the Lord’s statement, I come quickly. (Revelation 22)
The Bible shows the love story of a universal couple. God loved us, sent His Son for propitiation, poured His love into our hearts, and caused us to love Him.
We respond to the Lord’s attraction. A song declares, “Jesus Lord, I’m captured by Your beauty…all my heart to You I open wide.”
Our Husband is loving and faithful. His word reveals much about this divine-human romance culminating in New Jerusalem. The progress of this romance depends on our response to Him. Lord Jesus, reveal Yourself and reveal this romance to me more every day. Lord, draw me to love You with my whole heart.
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