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Learning from the ancients
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Category: Christ related
Richard of Saint Victor (12th century) said: “The infinite God the Father, so loved God the equally infinite Son (related in bonds of love by the co-equal God the Spirit), that He brought into being ex nihilo (out of nothing) a finite, material world to be peopled with creatures in the likeness of His Son, in order that as the Sons’ bride, they could share in the beatitude of the divine life in a way appropriate to finite creatures in God’s personal image. To provide a beautiful bride for His Son, the eternal Father created an entire universe, and in it a world which previously had no existence whatsoever, as the nursery and home in which the bride would be reared. Such a stupendous gift from the Father to the Son required an absolute creation out of nothing.” (Quoted by D F Kelly, Creation and Change, Mentor, 1997, p 59.) This is an amplification of Genesis 1:1.
Note the following:
1. God’s creation of a physical universe will also be the future dwelling place where the bride will reside in splendor with the Son, the Bridegroom (Psalm 104:5).
2. It is absolutely necessary that the church understands that life on earth before death, is the preparation for marriage to the Son. With the help of the Holy Spirit we can love this Son, Jesus. Does not He who created everything, know exactly what is going on in our hearts, whether we love him or feign to love him?
3. God’s whole plan in the infallible Bible, is clear, logical, and precise. We are given the opportunity to choose to marry God’s Son. If we are willing we are prepared with beauty treatments (“without holiness no one will see the Lord”, Hebrews 12:14) for that future marriage (Revelation 19:7).
4. Is it at all strange that the devil, who hates God, yet has no creative capabilities, will do anything in his power to prevent as many people as possible to be married to this wonderful Jesus? He is a master in telling lies, and the idea of evolution is another proof of how well he can lie.
Conclusion: Many people will try to tell us that this is all a pie in the sky. It is not. It is a wonderful pie on a renovated earth of millions and millions of hectares of prime property (there will be no sea, Revelation 21:1), health, peace, and relationship with the living Father and Son for eternity. And it is much better than to be a roasted pie suffering eternally because one lent one’s ears to a liar. We are repeatedly admonished to ‘live a life worthy of the Lord’ (Philippians 1:27). What a glorious privilege to be betrothed and prepared for marriage to a Bridegroom whose Father is the most powerful, rich and loving in the whole history of the world. Glory!
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