Hello my brothers and sisters in Christ! Here is Part 4 of Our Exalted Position for those of you who did not read it in May, or for those who desire to review it now. God bless you! deanna
One of the most beautiful NT metaphors which God uses for His Church is that we are Christ’s Bride. Just as the Church is hidden in the OT and barely mentioned in the gospels, Messiah’s Bride is only hinted at in the OT: God discretely discloses He will have a royal bride in Psalm 45:9-14, and, perhaps even more discretely, in the exquisite fourth chapter of Song of Songs as well.
Notably, both the OT and NT reveal that Israel is not His Bride. Israel forsook God via her rampant idolatry (e.g. Jer. 2:32, 31:32); He calls her aharlot with many lovers (Jer. 3:1b), and an adulteress (Eze. 16:32; Hos. 3:1). The Gentiles, of course, are idolatrous, never having entered into covenant with God. It is only by grace through faith in Christ that both Jews and Gentiles are delivered from our idolatrous Adamic nature by being made
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