A Husband’s LOVE for His Bride! — (PART 2)

The Husband’s Bride
 “The odor of your ointments is fragrant:
your name is like perfume poured
out.  Therefore do the maidens
love you” (Songs 1:3).
 
 
 THE “OINTMENTS”
 
The ointments are the perfumes that give off an enticing aroma.  In The Revelation of John, fragrant spices and gums; ointments  for burning filled the golden bowls which are the prayers of God’s people (Rev. 5:8).
 
Ah, the refreshing aroma of a sweet-smelling fragrance!  It will draw you into it, your attracted to it, it stirs your soul!  2 Corinthians 2:15 takes it a step further:
 
“For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which exhales] unto God, [discernible alike] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”
 
We all have our favorite fragrance that we wear; some more than others.  When I sniff the fragrances at the department store, the strength and potency is sometimes overwhelming at first,but it eventually fades away.  And yet your spouse can still smell it on us for sometime; that’s a good thing!  Does God have a special fragrance that He enjoys on us?
 
“And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting to one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became]  a sweet fragrance”  (Ephesians 5:2–Amplified Bible). 
 
When Jesus began His life on earth, myrrh was brought to put on His body[the Greek word for “ointment” is murra or “myrrh-oil”]; there was fragrance in His entire life on earth, from His birth to His death.  Oh, the fragrance of His LOVE for us when He died on the cross!
 
HIS DRAWING POWER
 
“Draw me! We will run after you! 
The king brings me into his chambers!
We will be glad and rejoice in you!
We will recall [when we were favored with]
your love, more fragrant than wine”
(Song of Solomon 1:4)
 

This verse is an expression of the one who is in love with Him; desires close fellowship with Him.  But…then comes the awareness that we can’t reach that state, we can’t attain to it because it’s too high for us.  That is the position from which we say, “Draw me!”

Bonar expressed his love in these lines:

I love the name of Jesus,

Emmanuel, Christ the Lord.

Like fragrance on the breezes,

His name abroad is poured.

What does the name of Jesus mean to you?  If you know you’ve never experienced that wonderful relationship, listen to the bride give her response:  “DRAW ME!”  If you are a child of God, then say, “Draw me!”  Let Him lift you up and bring you to a place you can’t reach yourself, no matter how hard you concentrate your efforts.  God tells us His power is available to us and His strength is made perfect in our weaknesses.

He will answer the heart cry, “Draw me” Lord.  “No one is able to come to Me unless the Father Who sent Me attracts and draws him and gives him the desire to come to Me and [then] I will raise him up [from the dead] at the last day”  (John 6:44).  And Jesus said to His own,  “You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you”  (John 15:16).

We did not seek after God; God sought after us.  One of my favorite stories written was a story about true love.  It was written by Don Nori and it is called, Romancing the Divine.  It begins where Pilgrim’s Progress ends.  In fact, I was so impressed with the allegory, I communicated with the publisher and received permission to write a stage play, based on the book.  The  permission that was granted said, as long as they had a copy and if the actual play was produced, a video of it would be sent to Destiny Image (Mr. Nori’s Publishing House).

We need the Spirit of God to give us the Water of Life.  If we will drink, we will have rivers of living water gushing up on our insides, then flowing out from us.  “We will run after you!”  That is not the idea here that we ask to be drawn because we are lazy or indifferent.  But we are helpless–“the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”  We want to run after Him [read The God Chasers by Tommy Tenney], but He will have to give us the legs to do so!  He must give us divine enablement; He must draw us:

“But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired”  (Isaiah 40:31–Amplified Bible).

HIS CHAMBER

So when we shout, “Draw me!”  “We will run after you.”  The king responds, “The king brings me in to his chamber”; “his apartments” in the Amplified Bible.

The chamber is the secret of His presence, His pavilion; like the Holy of Holies within the sanctuary; the secret place away from the crowds.  It is a place in the cleft of the rock which He made for us.  It is like Jesus’ invitation in Revelation 3:20:  “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and he [will eat] with Me.”  What a privilege it is to fellowship with Him.  Yet, we withdraw and cry out with Isaiah:  “Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”  (Isaiah 6:5–Amplified Bible).

But “the king brings me to his chamber!”  He is the One who provided redemption.  He took the coals from the altar of incense and touch our lips.  He is the One who made the supreme sacrifice!

WE WILL BE GLAD AND REJOICE IN YOU!”

We need more joy in our lifeJesus says, “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)”  (John 10:10).  John writes, “And we are now writing these things to you so that our joy may be full”  (1 John 1:4).  Our Lord means for us to live life to the max!  Let’s quit playing church, quit saying, “I belong to a certain group” ; “I’ve had an experience”.  The point is–Is Christ close to you today, really close?

THE BRIDE’S JEWISH CONNECTIONS

1.  The Bride of Christ (the Church) will be married in heaven.  Heaven is a type of wedding canopy known as the “Chuppah“.

2.  There is a special room in heaven where the marriage between the Bride of Christ and Jesus the Bridegroom, will be consummated.  “Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber” –Psalm 19:5; “let the bridegroom go forth from his chamber and the bride out of her closet”  (Joel 2:16).  The room is called in Hebrew a “Cheder” or chamber.

3.  The Bride of christ will be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.  She (the Church) will keep and teach the commandments (Torah) of God (Matthew 5:17- 19).

4The Bride of Christ will be a remnant of individual believers from among the entire family of God.

5.   The Bride of Christ will be a spiritual virgin to God.

6.  The Bride of christ must be willing to follow Jesus.  Pleasing God the Father in a consuming desire of the Bride.  She must love God with all her heart, mind, soul, and strength.

7.  The Bride of Christ will endure the trials and tribulations of life while remaining faithful to God during the hard times.  She will NOT return to the world and the ways of the world while encountering the trials and tribulations of life.

8.  The Bride of Christ will have God’s loving kindness bestowed upon her life.

9.  The Bride of Christ will fulfil God’s perfect will for her life.

10.  During the time ‘leading up to’ the second coming of Jesus, God will pour out His Holy Spirit upon His Bride and will anoint her with great power and she will be a great light unto a world living in gross darkness.

11.  The Bride of christ will be weaned from the milk of God’s Word and will have grown to spiritual maturity.

12.  God will reward the spiritual faithfulness of His bride by allowing her to be the Bride of Christ Jesus and partake in the marriage supper of the Lamb.

**(Items 1 thru 12 from Eddie Chumney’sWho is the Bride of Christ?“)**