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How a Man Should Love a Woman

September 15, 2010

In my devotions today I was pondering the relationship between Christ and His Church.  By using the human illustration of how a man should love his wife, the scriptures intimately reveal the nature of the love that the Savior has for His Bride.  The scriptures say that Christ

“loved the church”

and

“gave Himself for it”

so that He could

“sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word”

so that He could

“present it to Himself a glorious church”

“not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing”

“but that it should be holy and without blemish”

In speaking of the kind of love that a man should have for a woman the apostle Paul says, “For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church” (Eph. 5:29).  When a man is joined to his wife they become one flesh (Eph. 5:31).  So it is between Christ and His Church.  When He laid down His life to purchase His Bride He became forever intimately connected with her.  “For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones” (Eph. 5:30).

A question for LDS came to my mind as I was studying this passage.  Is it possible that Christ could ever become disconnected from His own flesh and bones?  Let me explain my thought process here.  If the LDS teaching of the Great Apostasy is true, then Christ at some point stopped sanctifying and cleansing His Church with the washing of water by the word.  He ceased helping her grow in grace and in the knowledge of Him, He stopped showing the “exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us,” He stopped doing “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.”

But this makes the promises in scripture empty and meaningless.  According to the scriptures we can rest confidently in the assurance that Jesus has always been in pursuit of His beloved Bride.  He has not forsaken her for a moment. When she has been faithless, He has remained faithful still (2 Tim. 2:13).  Just as the scriptures promise, God will be glorified in His Church by Christ Jesus “throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Eph. 3:20-21).

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. September 15, 2010 12:43 pm

    I believe most of us LDS would say that it was the ‘bride’ who was unfaithful.

  2. September 15, 2010 12:51 pm

    Eric,

    Is it your position that every single person on earth “unfaithful” and not “seeking the truth?”

    Darrell

  3. September 15, 2010 5:52 pm

    Eric

    I think Paul’s message Timothy is very clear on this point. Here are several translations of II Tim. 2:13.

    If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is. NLT

    If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself. NIV

    If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. KJV

    I agree with you when you argue that the bride has been unfaithful. But God’s promises are not dependent upon our responses. He has committed Himself to being faithful, despite the unfaithfulness of the bride.

    Stephanie

  4. September 16, 2010 12:30 pm

    Darrell:

    The post was about ‘the church’. In this case ‘the church’ is the bride. So no, of course not.

    Stephanie:

    Of course God will be faithful. But this certainly does not mean there will not be consequences for the unfaithful bride. This can not mean that the bride can do whatever she pleases with no consequences whatsoever.

  5. September 18, 2010 2:27 am

    Eric,

    But what is “the church” Eric? It is people. The church can’t be unfaithful. It is THE PEOPLE who are unfaithful. So, when you say the bride, i.e. the church, was unfaithful, you are really saying the people who together made up the church were unfaithful. So again, is it your position that every single person was unfaithful and not seeking the truth?

    Darrell

  6. gloria permalink
    September 30, 2010 4:32 pm

    Beautiful blog post…….. Christ would not “divorce” His Bride ( the Church). It would go against His word to do so.

    He has remained faithful, and yes thru out the ages there have always been members of the Body who have remained ever faithful to their bridegroom.

    I love the symbolism in this post ~ beautiful!

    gloria

  7. Sir Richard-Merlin Atwater, distingished member of The Academy of Americn Poets permalink
    April 6, 2011 3:25 pm

    review: 2 Thessalonians 2:3 on “falling away”; Acts 3:21 on “a restitution of all things”
    then read the 15 volume History of Civilization by Catholic Historian Will Durant to see if there ever was a falling away requiring the need for a restitution of CHRISTIANITY. He should have renamed his books The History of UNCIVILIZED Mankind. Anyone looking at the Middle Ages in truth will KNOW that true Christianity NEVER survived beyond the 2nd Century A.D. Even Martin Luther as a Catholic Priest stated as such in instigating the Protestant Revolution against his own church, thus leading to Lutheranism. He was followed by dozens of other Protestors who sought more “restitution”. It was culminated in the need for a Prophet Joseph Smith (no matter what his name or circumstance) to RESTORE all things. The best book on thes ubject is The STONE Cut Out of the Mountain Without Hands: Ancient Prophecy Fulfilled in Modern Times available at http://www.3swanspublishers.com

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