Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wednesday Commonplace: On Being the Bride of Christ

In my devotional time, I have been reading through the book of Matthew alongside a devotional commentary by JC Ryle.  I thought I'd share a little taste of that with you today.   Here is a snippet from his comments on Matthew 9:14-26:
"Let us mark in this passage, the gracious name by which the Lord Jesus speaks of Himself.  He calls Himself 'the bridegroom.'  What the bridegroom is to the bride, the Lord Jesus is to the souls of all who believe in Him.  He loves them with a deep and everlasting love.  He takes them into union with Himself.  They are 'one with Christ and Christ in them.'  He pays all their debts to God.  He supplies all their daily need.  He sympathizes with them in all their troubles.  He bears with all their infirmities, and does not reject them for a few weaknesses.  He regards them as part of Himself.  Those that persecute and injure them are persecuting Him.  The glory that He has received from His Father they will one day share with Him, and where He is, there shall they be.  Such are the privileges of all true Christians.  They are the Lamb's wife (Rev. 19:7).  Such is the portion to which faith admits us.  By it God joins our poor sinful souls to one precious Husband; and those who God thus joins together, shall never be put asunder.  Blessed indeed are those who believe!"
~JC Ryle, Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew
Amen and Amen.

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