Holy Matrimony, His Bride

Devotions From the Heart
“Holy Matrimony, His Bride”
Author: TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen
March 31, 2017

What portrays the relationship of Christ and His love for His Church more than the picture of His Bride wed together with Him in perfect Holy Matrimony?  Christ has given us His Word, the Bible to remind us that we are His, betrothed to Him in life, death, in righteousness and glory.  What could be more of hope in the future and in this life than that knowledge that we are His forever?  What in this life could give us more encouragement? More Hope? More Joy? More Peace?  More Love?  Nothing but this knowledge of His life and death to give us a future and hope as His bride forever.  Take heart dear saints of God, you are His and betrothed to Him forever.  Such love we shall take upon our hearts and minds as we wait for that blessed day! Wear that gown with joy of spirit!*

Holy Matrimony

THE VOICE that breath’d o’er Eden,
That earliest wedding-day,
The primal marriage blessing,
It hath not pass’d away.

Still in the pure espousal
Of Christian man and maid,
The holy Three are with us,
The threefold grace is said.

For dower of blessed children,
For love and faith’s sweet sake,
For high mysterious union,
Which nought on earth may break.

Be present, awful Father,
To give away this bride,
As Eve thou gav’st to Adam
Out of his own pierced side:

Be present, Son of Mary,
To join their loving hands,
As thou didst bind two natures
In thine eternal bands:

Be present, Holiest Spirit,
To bless them as they kneel,
As thou for Christ, the Bridegroom,
The heavenly Spouse dost seal.

Oh, spread thy pure wing o’er them,
Let no ill power find place,
When onward to thine altar
The hallow’d path they trace,

To cast their crowns before thee
In perfect sacrifice,
Till to the home of gladness
With Christ’s own Bride they rise. AMEN.*
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*TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen,  Editor-Publisher Copyright: Heavenly Notes & Devotions From The Heart ©1984-2017

**Holy Matrimony, John Keble (1792–1866)

 

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