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CHRISTIAN LOVE STORY #4
3 months ago

THE  BRIDAL CHAMBER:

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How is our seven years in heaven with the Lord (while the Tribulation Period takes place on earth) like a honeymoon?  Actually, what the Lord has prepared for us is called by a rather fearsome name in the Scriptures:

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"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ;  that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done,  whether it be good or bad"  (2 Corinthians 5:10).

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We are going to appear before our Lord to review the things each of us did in our earthly service.  This judgment concerns our works, of course, and not our sins, which were paid for in advance.

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Paul is very clear on what will happen in the judgment seat of Christ.  He points out that the only reasonable foundation one can lay in this life is that of Christ, and then he goes on to give the particulars of how our works are judged:

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"For other foundations can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest;  for the day shall declare it,  because it shall be revealed by fire;  and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is"  (Cor. 3:11~13).

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The Lord will put a torch to our works.  Those that are of the precious metals will not be harmed,  but the wood, hay and stubble will be burned away.  We will be duly rewarded for our good works:

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"If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon,  he shall receive a reward"  (verse 14).

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And we will suffer losses of our rewards for the works that are burned up:

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"If any man's work shall be burned,  he shall suffer loss:  but he himself shall be saved;  yet so as by fire"  (verse 15).

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Note the last two phrases in the above verse.  Even if we have a great many bad works and therefore few rewards, we still shall be saved.  We shall survive this fire of judgment.  God has fire that does not consume, such as in the lake of fire or in the burning bush seen by Moses.  God's purpose in this judgment seat of Christ is not to burn us up, but merely the works unworthy of the bride of Christ.  We ourselves will be saved.



This post was modified from its original form on 19 May, 10:39
3 months ago

How is this like a honeymoon?  Well, a honeymoon is where the bridegroom removes his bride's veils and knows all of her secrets.  We will be spiritual creatures when we meet Christ, since "we shall all be changed", and so our Bridegroom will examine our spiritual secrets.  Some honeymoons indeed are not as joyful as we might have expected,  married people can tell you,  but we're there with someone we love and when all is said and done, we become marriage partners through the experience.

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Now that peculiar moment when the bridegroom tells his friend that the wedding is consummated is also in the Gospel.  It has to do with that great friend of Jesus,  John the Baptist.  It seems the Pharisees were approaching him time and again and asking if he were the Messiah.  From the passages, we can gather that they wished he were the Messiah.....they could get along better with a Messiah who lived by the Dead Sea and ate locusts and honey than with the Carpenter of Galilee,  who did so many miracles.  If John were the Messiah,  then they could muddle through.  It was that mild-mannered young preacher from rustic Nazareth they could not seem to abide.  In one of their dialogues,  John,  seeming to almost lose patience with them,  uses this very special moment in the wedding ceremony to illustrate his point.  He told them: 

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"Ye yourselves bear me witness,  that I said,  I am not the Christ,  but that I am sent before Him.  He that hath the bride is the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him,  rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice:  this my joy therefore is fulfilled"  (John 3:82~29).

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Perhaps John,  an O.T. saint killed before the cross,  and a dear friend of our Bridegroom's Father,  will serve this function in our wedding in heaven.

 

3 months ago

THE  MARRIAGE  SUPPER:

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When the wedding guests get the good news from the chamber, they celebrate.  Who will be the wedding guests at our marriage to the Lord?

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Well, in keeping with the Jewish tradition, they will be the friends of the Bridegroom's Father.....Abraham,  Isaac,  Jacob,  the prophets,  and His many other friends from the great days of the Old Covenant.  How magnificent it will be to greet all those saints when we come out of the chamber and sit down to our marriage supper!

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Perhaps Daniel will sit by Jeremiah,  and he will say,  "You know, I read your book!"  Daniel indeed read the Book of Jeremiah and gathered most important information from it (Daniel 9:2;  Jeremian 29:10).  Perhaps it would be a good idea if we would read the Book of Jeremiah and the other books of our wedding guests before we go on to the reception!

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Only a little space is given in the Bible to the magnificent culminating event of the marriage supper of the Lamb:

"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him:  for the marriage of the Lamb is come,  and His wife hath made herself ready.  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen,  clean and white:  for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints"  (Revelation 19:7, 8).

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We shall be arrayed in "fine linen, clean and white",  which the priests wore in the Tabernacle of old as a sign of their consecration to God.   Indeed, at this time we shall be perfect;  we shall be as perfect as Jesus Christ.  Our sins were forgiven at the cross,  our bad works were done away with in the judgment seat,  and we are now presented spotless and without blemish to the Lamb as a fitting wife.  The Scripture quoted above is so accurate,  utilizing the term  "wife"  instead of  "bride"  at this point,  since we are then married to the Lord.

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We rejoice in being the Bride of Christ now,  but imagine the joy we will have as the Queen of the Kingdom to come!

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After our marriage supper,  we shall depart with the Lord to return to this earth in the manner that the bride went to the house prepared for her by the bridegroom.  We shall not dwell in His Father's house any longer,  but will leave heaven to occupy our Kingdom.

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When we return we shall have our spiritual veils off,  and all the world will fully realize who the Bride of Christ was and why we acted as we did.

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