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Topic: POETRY CHALLENGE - Romance (12/06/04)

TITLE: Thou becamest mine!
By Norma OGrady
12/12/04

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The Old Testament indicates clearly that God came in to choose Israel to be His spouse.

In Jeremiah 31:3 the Lord says, “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” When God appeared to His people, He “dated” them and later even courted them.

According to Ezekiel 16, God loved Israel when He saw her in the wilderness.
Verse 8 describes this love:
“Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord God, and thou becamest mine.”

By entering into a covenant with Israel, God betrothed her to Himself.…

When the Lord Jesus came, He came as the Bridegroom for the bride. Many Christians are familiar with John the Baptist’s declaration: “Behold, the Lamb of God” (John 1:29).

However, not so many realize that John also referred to the Lord Jesus as the Bridegroom.

In John 3:29 he says, “He who has the bride is the bridegroom.” This word is included in a chapter on regeneration (John 3:3-6).

The goal of regeneration is to produce and prepare the bride for the Bridegroom.…

As God incarnate, Christ came not only to be our Redeemer and Savior;
He also came to be our Bridegroom.…

The Lord Jesus regenerates the church so that the church may be His bride (John 3:3, 5, 29-30).

The Lord is the Bridegroom with the divine life and the divine nature. If we would become His bride, we must also have the divine life and the divine nature.…

In John 3 we see that regeneration qualifies us to be Christ’s bride. Only after we have been regenerated with the divine life and have thereby received the divine nature can we, sinners, be taken by Christ to be His love.…

At the end of this age, Christ will come to marry His redeemed and to take her as His wife (Rev. 19:7).

The present age is an age of “dating,” courtship, and engagement between God and His people. At the end of this dispensation, there will be a glorious wedding

day, at which time Christ will marry His redeemed ones. This revelation of the marriage between Christ and His redeemed ones is a major revelation in the Bible.

At the very end of the Bible we see that God will enjoy a married life with His people in eternity and for eternity. For eternity in the new heaven and new earth, the New Jerusalem will be the wife of the Lamb (Rev. 21:9).

This is the fulfillment of God’s romance revealed in the Scriptures.

No one will ever love us like God has.

This is the greatest romance story ever told.

Read all about it in the Holy Bible.


Member Comments
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Karri Compton12/13/04
Hi Norma,
This was a wonderful piece, only it was supposed to be a poem! Sorry for pointing that out, but someone had to. Blessings, Karri
Norma OGrady12/13/04
LOL thank you for pointing that out.
As usual I'm the black sheep.
Yeshua bless you all through this christmas season and have a "HAPPY NEW YEAR 2005"
lovingly Norma
Mitzi Busby12/13/04
Norma,
Great lesson and great writing.
Tesiri Moweta12/14/04
You certainly are not the black sheep but you're a sheep quite alright, pure and white and very precious to the Lord Jesus!
You have written great words. I think you should consider re-writing them by arranging them into lines and stanzas if you like. It would turn out into a fantastic poem. Thank you for sharing! have a great holiday and keep winning and shining for Jesus!
Lois Jennison Tribble12/14/04
Wonderful message, Norma, in spite of the problem. This is beautifully written, and I'm glad you submitted it, just as it is. May God bless you also this Christmas and throughout the New Year!
Deborah Anderson12/14/04
Thank you so much for sharing this, Norma. God bless you.
Jodi Hodge12/15/04
Norma, great job. I truly enjoyed reading this. It has greatly touched my heart. Definitely the ultimate romance.
MILENA ASSENOVA12/17/04
GREAT MESSAGE, THANK YOU. MERRY XMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! GOD BLESS