THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Many years ago, Ramsey MacDonald, prime minister of England, was discussing with another government official the possibility of lasting peace.
MacDonald expressed the viewpoint that lasting peace was possible and worth pursuing with all vigor.
The other official was an expert on foreign affairs, but was somewhat a skeptic.
He said, "The desire for peace does not necessarily ensure it."
Mr. MacDonald said, "Quite true. Neither does the desire for food satisfy your hunger; but at least it gets you started toward a restaurant."
2 Cor 11:2-3
2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
In many places the Bible likens our relationship to Christ as a wife with her husband.
(Is. 62:5, Matt. 9:15, Matt. 25:1, Eph. 5:24-32, et al)
In spiritual manner, our relationship to Christ is portrayed as the marriage of a husband and wife.
In such a union as marriage there is: trust, genuine companionship, unity, and intimacy.
Our Lord, Jesus, desires a genuine companionship with each Christian.
He desires a unity and intimacy that is based upon our trust of Him.
The ole devil is always trying to “corrupt” this “simplicity” found in an intimate relationship with our Lord.
Let us remember, our commitment to Christ has “espoused” us to Him!
We are “betrothed” to Him, and awaiting the great marriage in heaven!
Yes, we are still sinners all.
However, Christ has already clothed His bride in robes of righteousness!
Our imperfections are washed in His perfection!
We may not have a perfect relationship with Him because of our sinfulness.
But striving toward that goal certainly gets us in the right direction!
Therefore, let us remember to maintain an intimate relationship with Him through prayer and daily Bible study.