Today, it is my pleasure to bring you a post by David Bergsland, the author of the new book The Wife of Jesus: No, It’s Not Mary Magdalene. That means you and me! We are His Bride, as Paul told the Corinthian church, “I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ.” (2 Cor. 11:2 NLT)
To be His bride, we must be presentable in Christ’s presence. However, only His robe of betrothal, His robe of righteousness, can make us presentable, that we might be “prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” (Rev. 21:2 NIV)
As “the king’s daughter is all glorious within” (Ps. 45:13a Masoretic Text), the Bride is the beauty in the eye of the Beholder. And on that precious wedding day, she will be adorned outwardly with great beauty, for “she shall be led to the King in embroidered work” (Ps. 45:15a MT), in a robe of white, bedecked with all Her jewels, the bridle girdle around her waist, covered with a full-length veil, and a garland as a crown upon her head.
And they will be Bride and Groom…betrothed in covenant…a covenant of blood.
This topic is very near and dear to my heart, as the book I’ve written is about the Bride of Christ. Unfortunately, it’s sitting on the shelf for now.
If we are to be Jesus’ Bride, why are we not acting more like a betrothed woman? One of the richest ways to describe our relationship with Jesus is as His betrothed. We are engaged to be married to the perfect Husband. Just as Jesus is the second Adam, restoring mankind’s relationship with the Father, we are the second Eve, the divinely given helpmate for our Husband.
Many are not aware of the marriage language used by Jesus in the Gospels, such as, “I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, you may be also.” (John 14:2b-3 MEV)
This was normal betrothal language. The groom went to prepare a place for the bride to live. He wasn’t allowed to go back and get his wife until he got his father’s permission. He “didn’t know the day or the hour,” only the father knew.
That day is coming soon when we who know Him will be married to our Husband. What a wonderful day that will be! It’s almost beyond comprehension to contemplate what our relationship with Him will be in the New Jerusalem.
However, we are still here, on a sin-damaged planet, living in a world system controlled by our enemy.
How do we get past that?
What can we do in a practical way to realize the joy and wonder of living in the Kingdom of the Messiah here and now? How can we come to know our Betrothed intimately?
That’s what my new book discusses, Biblically. You’ll learn how to make the Lord Jesus a constant presence in your life, day in and day out. You can experience the joys of intimacy with the King of kings and Lord of lords.
It’s what He desires, and the reason you were created. Enter into the wonder of His presence!
“I love this book! If you are looking to have a more intimate relationship with the Lord this is the book for you. It is not a book you just read once, but one you will need to read over and over again to soak up all the knowledge in it. It is practical and applicable, a book that every believer needs.
“No, Mary Magdalene is not Jesus’ wife, but we, who call ourselves the church, are and it is time we get to know our Husband. We must go beyond the honeymoon stage and get into this thing we call marriage.” [by deb on Goodreads]
The Wife of Jesus: No, It’s Not Mary Magdalene
Available at Amazon and most everywhere online in print and ebook.
Places to connect with David…
[Redemptive Christian Book Review blog]
Hackberry Font Foundry
[Being absorbed into The Skilled Workman]