We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Father Loves His Son’s Bride

The moment a woman becomes the bride of a man she shares his privileges.  Whatever they are, she becomes partaker of them and sharer of them.  The Apostle is saying here that this is true of the church.  What do we share?  We share the Father’s love.  There is a verse which in many ways is to me the most astounding verse in the whole Bible.  It is the 23rd verse of the 17th chapter of John’s Gospel.  The Lord says, “That the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them as Thou hast loved Me.”  It is a statement to the effect that God the Father has loved us Christian people as He loves His own Son.  What it means is that because of our relationship to Him we are in that relationship to God.  Think of a man, without daughters, whose son has got married.  He now says to the bride of his son: “You are my daughter. I never had a daughter before, but you are my daughter.”  And he regards her as such.  She is one with his son, therefore he bestows his fatherly love upon her — “that the world may know that Thou hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me.”  That is the privilege.  It works out in this way — it gives us access to the Father.  A father is ever ready to receive the bride of his son.  She did not have that access to him before; there was no relationship; but the moment she becomes married to the son she has a right of access into the presence of the father.  As the father is ready to receive the son, and to give the son privileges which he would not grant to his most trusted and favourite servants, so now he grants them to the bride because she is the wife of his son.  Christian people, do we avail ourselves of this high privilege?  Doe we realize that we have a right of entry and of access into the presence of the Father?  Though He is the Governor of the whole universe, if you have a need, remember that you have a right of entry into His presence.  For His Son’s sake He will not refuse you.  Bride of Christ, He will always listen to you, He will always have time for you.  There is no higher privilege than this.  He loves us as He loves His Son, and He gives us this right of access and of entry into His holy presence.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home & Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18-6:9, pg.201-202

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