We have an identity that far supersedes any natural identity we claim. Whether we are a Man or Woman, Father or Mother, Son or Daughter, no matter how foundational to our understanding of life our natural identity is, in Christ we have a greater eternal identity that far surpasses it: we are the bride of Jesus.
This is not merely a title; it is the actuality of the relationship we share with Jesus. As unthinkable as it may be, we will marry Jesus. Forever our finiteness will be joined with the one who is infinite; we who are utterly frail will be fully united with the one who is divine. And so our eternal identity is far superior to any natural identity we carry.
Oh yes, the scripture clearly explains that in Christ we are now one Spirit with the Lord (1Cor 6:17) and what a shock that is! It would take a lifetime to plumb the depths of this incredible truth. But it doesn’t stop there, with us being joined in our spirits to the Lord through the new birth, one day we will actually marry Jesus and live forever as His bride. Consider the vast implications!
God spares no expense by weaving into our human experience the reality of our eternal identity through creating the institution of marriage. He expresses to us the shocking beauty and blessing of our eternal identity by giving us a living, breathing, interactive taste of it through marriage. Consider it: the entire institution is designed to express God’s eternal plan to be joined to us forever.
Finally, through the prophet Hosea God makes His intentions for union with us absolutely clear:
Hos 2:19-20 “I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me In righteousness and justice, In lovingkindness and mercy; 20 I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, And you shall know the LORD”.
The six descriptors of our betrothal – forever, righteousness, justice, lovingkindness, mercy and faithfulness – speak to the literal truth of our soon coming union with Jesus our bridegroom.
Let these truths was over your soul and strengthen your heart in His love today.