Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Our Loving Father’s Son, Jesus Christ, has bought us with His precious blood and His Holy Spirit is changing us, molding us and shaping us to glorify our God. We are being transformed and made perfect in Him as part of His chosen Church which will be Christ’s perfect bride at the end of times. What an amazing mystery that is!
In Ephesians 1:7 the Apostle Paul tells us, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,”
In Ephesians 5:25-32 the Apostle Paul tells us, ” 25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.”
Revelation 19:7 ” Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready;”
Charles Spurgeon says in his devotional “Morning by Morning” that “Each individual believer is being prepared and polished and made ready for his place in the temple; but Christ’s own hand performs the preparation-work. Afflictions cannot sanctify, except when they are used by Him to fulfill His purpose. Our prayers and efforts cannot make us ready for heaven, apart from the hand of Jesus, who fashions our hearts correctly.”
“Grace and Peace” performed by Sovereign Grace
Prayer, My Lord and Savior, thank You for choosing us to be part of Your Church which is your eternal bride. What an amazing mystery that is! We individually pray what the “Valley of Vision”devotional prays, ” Keep me ever mindful of my natural state, but let me not forget my heavenly title, or the grace that can deal with every sin.” In Your Holy name we pray, Amen