March 31 Did you know…

Did you know…

You are God’s dearly loved child, who has the most special place in His heart!

   You are literally and actually the Bride of Christ! I know that for a man, that can be a hard concept to grasp… just like for women, being “sons” of God can seem strange.

   Both are descriptions that have much, much greater meaning than human language can convey. As the Apostle Paul writes in Romans 7, you (all mankind) were once married to the Law. It was your husband. It ruled you harshly and with no grace. It pointed out all your faults and shortcomings and never built you up. It constantly condemned you and you lived in a perpetual state of trying to live up to its impossible demands, but never succeeding.

   Your life was focused on rules, regulations, sin-management and behavior modification. You lived in constant fear of your ever-demanding husband. Others just rebelled and had affairs with the world.

   But your old master/husband, Mr. Law, died! God did that to set you free to marry another… Jesus! Jesus, in His great unconditional love, chose you in advance to be His bride… His wife! He initiated the relationship. He set you free from your old, dead husband.

   Jesus made you the perfect bride for Him: pure, holy, righteous, innocent, without fault, without blemish, without spot or wrinkle and He set you aside for Him!

   Your old self with your old relationship to the Law passed away and is no more. The Trinity created a new you, born from above, a new creation… literally born in Christ with God as your Father!

   The Holy Spirit gave you new birth in Christ. God didn’t leave anything to chance. It  was God’s will and He  took great pleasure in doing it. You have been the Bride of Christ since the resurrection when you were born from above with new life in Christ!

   You have God’s DNA and you are Christ’s Bride. You are in God’s family and bear His name! He transferred you from the kingdom of darkness into Christ’s Kingdom of Light. As the Bride of Christ, everything Christ has is yours. You have a joint account that includes all the riches of the heavenly realms In Christ! You have the mind of Christ! You are complete in Christ. The Father delights in you! You are His Son’s Bride!  

Now you are in a continual process of growing in grace– learning what all you have in Christ, learning who you are in Christ, learning how to live as a member of The divine family. For all eternity you get to grow and dance with The Trinity in Their Triune circle dance of love, joy, peace and grace. God is totally for you now and always!

~Paul Gray