The perfect Bride?

Dear Bride of Christ,

 Hosea 1:2-3     2 When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, “Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD.” 3 So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

 Suppose a close friend of mine comes over and tells me that he has the perfect girl for my son.  He tells me that she is a beautiful woman.  Oh, yeah, she is also a prostitute.  She will probably continue to be unfaithful to him, but just tell him to keep on loving her.  He pulls out a slip of paper with her name and phone number on it and tells me to give it to my son and to give her a call.  Tell him “Don’t waste your time, go marry her.”  Next thing I would want to do is quick run and call my son and ask him to go fishing, the walleye are biting.  Do you think for a minute that I would want my son in a situation like that where his wife would continue to choose other men to be with rather than him?  No, I want a woman that will love him and cherish him and never want to leave his side. 

 Consider for some time who Hosea and Gomer represent.  Read through Hosea 1-3 with great appreciation for the love of God.  Then consider what Jesus endured for you and me. 

Hebrews 12:2 Fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Philippians 2:6-8 (NIV)
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross!

 Colossians 1:13-14 (NIV) 

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 

Ephesians 2:3-10 (NIV)
3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.
6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–
9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

We, like Israel, are like that prostitute.  Continually wandering off, God has continually pursued us, even to the point of sending His One and only Son to give His life as a ransom to bring us back to Himself. 

 

1 John 3:1-2 (NIV)
1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

 

 

1 John 3:1 (MSG)
1 What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to.
 

 

1 John 3:1-2 (KJV)
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

 

No matter how we say it, it is amazing love, amazing mercy, amazing forgiveness, amazing grace!

Take time to praise Him for pursuing those who would normally choose someone else!

 Gripped by His love,

 Steve

 

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