October 8, 2009
Good and evil are the sanctuary of the true God alone. No flesh must violate the sanctuary. When anyone without the permission of God violates it, he will surely die. It is written, “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:17).
In the days of his flesh, Christ Jesus, the Son of God, also could not call himself good. It is written, “A certain ruler asked him, ‘Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ ‘Why do you call me good?’ Jesus answered. ‘No one is good–except God alone.'” (Luke 18:18-19).
The mature, who with Jesus put off the body of the flesh by the cross and were raised a spiritual body, distinguish good from evil, with Christ in God; they become teachers to serve and teach the young children whose lives are still held in slavery. It is written, “Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.” (Isaiah 8:18).
Therefore, the Bible said, “In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so.” (Hebrews 5:12-6:3).
The elementary teachings(word) about Christ means the message of the cross to put off the body of sin for taking away sin, and the elementary truths of God’s word means the message of righteousness to put on the full armor of God for destroying evil. However, both the word of God and the word of Christ whom He sent are of one Father. It is written, “He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.” (John 14:24).
Evil is the work of Satan, and sin is the work of men. Only if both the darkness and the shadow come to an end, the day dawns and the morning star rises in our hearts. It is written, “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD’–and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah.” (Psalms 32:5). The evil of Satan, not the sin of men, now matters.
The Lord said, “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28). The Father is greater than His son. Likewise, evil is greater than sin because evil is the father of sin. And therefore the Bible said, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire…” (John 8:44). And so, the son of good is righteousness, and the son of evil is sin. Therefore, the Bible says, “He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” (1 John 3:8).
The way we go does not come to an end at Christ the Son of God. On our way, the Holy Spirit leads us to God the Father through Christ. Therefore, the Bible said, “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5). And also, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” (John 14:6). And again, “Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.” (1 Peter 1:21).
Therefore, the gospel to take away sin was fulfilled in His son, and the gospel to destroy the evil of sin is the eternal gospel to be fulfilled again. The Bible said, “Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth–to every nation, tribe, language and people.” (Revelation 14:6). And also, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12).
The faith in God and the faith in Jesus Christ whom He sent are one. It is because the will of the Father and His son is one. It is written, “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30). And again, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” (John 14:1).
Therefore, the goal of faith, the salvation of souls, starts with the word of Christ–the faith in the Son of God who gave himself for us and took away our sins–and ends with the word of God the Father who will throw Satan into the lake of fire and destroy evil forever. It is written, “And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10).
However, for the eternal gospel to destroy Satan, “God permitting, we will do so.” (Hebrews 6:3). Therefore in the end, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12). Amen. Thank you, Lord.
January 18, 2007
“Bind up the testimony and seal up the law among my disciples. I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob. I will put my trust in him. Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.” (Isaiah 8:16-18).
“Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me.” These words are said again: “Here am I, and the children God has given me.” (Hebrews 2:13). It testifies that the writing of the prophet and the writing of the apostle are one.
“Bind up the testimony and seal up the law.” These words mean that the Word became flesh and died, and the dead body was bound in the linen and was placed in a tomb cut out of rock, and the entrance of the tomb was sealed with a stone. The head is the testimony, and the body is the law that produces love.
Those who waited for and hoped in God who would raise the dead body! At dawn, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to look at the tomb! She saw that the sealed tomb was opened, and she went and told it to the disciples! The two disciples who heard it ran through the darkness to the tomb! Those who looked for the living among the dead! They are us.
However, as the marriage of the Lamb has come, God has loosed the testimony and has rolled back the stone from the firmly sealed tomb and at last has raised us with Christ, who died with Jesus. It is written, “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” (Revelation 19:7). And also, “who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1 Timothy 2:6).
A half shekel is the atonement money which makes atonement for life! Two half shekels can become one shekel only if they are united together! It is a mystery that the head and the body are united together and become one: “‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ This is a profound mystery–but I am talking about Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:31-32). God raised not only Christ (the head) but also the body (the church) so that they would become one. This is a mystery! God raised not only Jesus but also us from the tomb.
It is written, “as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen.” (John 20:7). And also, “and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.” (John 20:12).
If God had raised only one, not two united together, it should have been that the burial cloth that had been around the head and the linen that had been around the body were folded together in a place and that only one angel in white was there.
However, testifying about the empty tomb, the Bible clearly showed that not only Christ the head but also the body, the saints who belong to him, were raised.
The Bible says about it, “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses.” (Colossians 2:13). And also, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.” (Colossians 3:1).
The world of faith is the world of spirit. There are no time and space in faith. That time is this time, and that place is this place. Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, is the same yesterday and today and forever. It is written, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8).
We can find it out from the letter that was sent to the Galatian churches, “You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.” (Galatians 3:1). Faith is all about now.
Therefore, the resurrection at that time on that day is the resurrection at this time on this day. It is written, “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.'” (Romans 1:17). And therefore, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.” (Hebrews 11:1-2). Amen. Thank you, Lord.
January 18, 2007
I reflect on myself. I have thought that I denied myself from the first and took my cross and followed the Lord. And yet there remains myself and my own filthy righteousness. I am still anxious about my not being joined to the Lord.
I know what sacrifice is pleasing to God, but I am very anxious about my not being able to offer such sacrifice on my own. Although I know it’s also myself that is much worried, why can’t I forsake myself completely? I lament my inability. Now even my tears of lament have dried up.
In such desperation, however, I have little by little come to know that by myself I can do nothing. I thank the Lord because he makes me see myself who has not yet died completely. My trespass before God is my existence. Although I say that to me, to live is Christ, I see that to me, to live is still myself.
But I am thinking about the Lord, the Word who became flesh and were tempted just as we are. He said that he must keep going today and tomorrow, and the third day he should be perfected.
Although I have already known that life is not mature and perfect in the beginning, I now understand the substance of it, seeing myself. These words truly refresh my memory: “the Holy Scriptures are able to make you wise for salvation.”
I thank the Lord. From what is written, I can find out that there are several sacrifices, not one, that God is pleased with. The Bible says, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’ But at first even David was not a perfect man of God, who had only a pure heart and steadfast spirit. At last David fell down before God because of his self that had remained.
So he prayed after he fell down, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalms 51:10). And again he confessed, “Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, With burnt offering and whole burnt offering; Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.” (Psalms 51:19). In the above passage, “then” surely indicates the time of Jesus Christ the son of David.
Therefore, at this time God is pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering. I hope that God will let us know what the sacrifices of righteousness is, and what the burnt offering is, and what the whole burnt offering is.
Now, for Christians who follow the Lord, the whole burnt offering is the problem. Now God has let me know a little bit about the meaning of the whole burnt offering after the burnt offering, which is also a sacrifice of burning everything. I give thanks to the Lord and praise Him.
Even if we say that we were crucified with Christ and died with him, we see that there still remains the self in us. The Bible calls it the burnt offering. It distinguishes between the whole burnt offering and the burnt offering.
Likewise, the perfect faith is different from faith. So it is written, “from faith to faith.” And also the Bible exhorts us, “let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:22).
It is written, “Jesus gave them this answer: ‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.'” (John 5:19). Christ, who is our life, showed us the true appearance of firstfruits: He said he can do nothing by himself.
The Lord said again, “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” (John 5:30). I fall down and worship this testimony. The head of Christ is God.
Therefore, only the Lord, who is my head, can completely do away with me and let me be joined to the Lord. These words will be fulfilled to me, “For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.” (Hebrews 2:11). And also the petition of God’s servant for us will be fulfilled to us, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Amen.
I see myself who can do nothing by myself. Thank you, Lord.
January 18, 2007
“For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:13-14).
The first Adam fell from the spirit into the flesh, but the last Adam went up from the flesh to the Spirit. It is written, “Therefore He says: ‘When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.'” (Ephesians 4:8).
The Bible says about Christ and the children of obedience who are born again through Christ, “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Hebrews 2:14-15).
The evil spirit is at work in the children of disobedience who are in the flesh, but the Holy Spirit is at work in the children of obedience who are not in the flesh but in the Spirit. It is written, “in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” (Ephesians 2:2).
The Bible refers to the spirit, who is at work in the children of disobedience, as the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan. The Bible refers to the children of the first Adam, who became the flesh through the ancient serpent, who is the devil, and belonged to the world, as the children of the devil. It is written, “This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.” (1 John 3:10).
The Lord Jesus called one of his disciples Satan, although he had left all and followed Him. It was because he was carnally minded. It is written, “But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. ‘Get behind me, Satan!’ he said. ‘You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.'” (Mark 8:33).
The Bible clearly says, “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” (Romans 8:3-10).
This saying in the above passages is a plumb line that exactly distinguish Cristians from false Christians: “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”
The Spirit of God surely dwells in Christians. If anyone has the Spirit of God, he is not in the flesh but in the Spirit. Therefore, if anyone is in the flesh saying he is a Christian, he does not have the Spirit of God and he lies against the truth.
If anyone does not have the Spirit of God, that is, the Spirit of Christ, he is not Christ’s. If he is not Christ’s, it is a lie that he is saved. There are many false Christians in the world, who are not Christ’s. They falsely say that they are saved. The Bible clearly says, “And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:24).
For those who have the Spirit of Christ, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. Therefore, they don’t live according to the flesh, nor can they do so, because they are not in the flesh but in the Spirit.
The Bible clearly says, “For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:13-14). If I am truly led by the Spirit of God, I am now one of the children of God. Thank you, Lord.
January 18, 2007
Whoever has been born of the Spirit does not sin. He was not conceived in sin and was not born in sin. He is never related to sin because he has been born of God. Anyone who is born from below commits sin. But anyone who is born again from above does not sin and cannot sin.
It is written, “Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.” (1 John 3:9).
The spiritual is born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of the will of God. Anyone who has been born of the will of God does not sin and cannot sin.
Whoever has been born again (from above) can see the kingdom of God. It is written, “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3). He is not of this world because he has been born from above. It is written, “But he continued, ‘You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.'” (John 8:23).
Therefore, Jesus said about those who are born again (from above), “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” (John 17:16).
However, when he is born again (from above), he is not yet separated from the body of sin, who has been born first. Even though he is born of God, when he is an infant, he coexists with the body of sin, who has been born first and is a slave to sin.
The Bible says about it, “She also said, ‘Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? For I have borne him a son in his old age.’ So the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the same day that Isaac was weaned. And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, scoffing. Therefore she said to Abraham, ‘Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, namely with Isaac.’ And the matter was very displeasing in Abraham’s sight because of his son. But God said to Abraham, ‘Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called.'” (Genesis 21:7-12).
Anyone who is born again (from above), as long as he is a nursing infant, coexists with a slave to sin, who cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Isacc the son of the free woman is falsely accused of the sins that Ishmael the son of the slave woman commits. So some may mistakenly think that Isacc sins. In fact, because the slave of sin was born 14 years earlier, he is stronger than Isacc. Being made a prisoner of the slave of sin, Isacc cannot do the good that he wants to do and is brought into captivity to the law of sin that he does not want.
The Bible says about it, “Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:1-5).
Being born as a son is not the end; becoming a son is necessary. So the law of sin becomes his tutor. For a while, that is, until the day the son is weaned and the body of sin loses its authority, he coexists with the sin and fights the good fight.
And so, the Bible says about the son, “For to which of the angels did He ever say: ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You’? And again: ‘I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son’?” (Hebrews 1:5). This passage says about the process of being His Son: Being born as His Son, and again, becoming His son.
Anyone who is born again (from above) does not sin. It is the body of sin that commits sin. The Bible says about the message of the cross: The body of sin is done away with and we should no longer be slaves to sin. It is written, “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin–because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.” (Romans 6:6-7).
Therefore, if Isacc continues only with his mother Sarah, being apart from Ishmael, Ishmael the slave of sin will be cast out and the light will be separated from the darkness on that day, that is, on this day Isacc is weaned. God will greatly rejoice over it. The Bible calls it God’s rest. It is written, “for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.” (Hebrews 4:10).
It is written, “For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.” (Romans 7:19-20). Amen. Let’s be weaned and put away childish things and wait for only the Lord who is to come, apart from sin. Thank you, Lord.
January 18, 2007
God gave His only begotten Son to the world so that all men should not perish but have eternal life. It is the fulfillment of his will, his endless love.
This love of God is equally given to all men on earth. By being crucified, Jesus His only begotten Son, who was born of God, took away the sin of the world according to the will of the Father who sent him into the world. Now there is no sin in the world. So there is no sin in the faith in this fact. God did away with the body of all sin of the world in the body of Jesus. One died for all, and therefore all died.
The false image of sin remains only in those who have not died with Jesus, that is, those who don’t believe in this substance. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For those who believe, the substance of faith is accomplished: The body of sin died with Christ Jesus, and they sin no more.
If anyone who thinks is saved sins again, he is still in the law of false image, not in the law of faith. He breaks the law of substance, building again the law of false image that was destroyed in Christ. In the law of faith, there is no sin, which is now the false image. So from now on, sin means not believing in him.
Therefore, the law of faith is the law that we died to sin. If anyone does not run the race by this law, he cannot receive the reward of eternal life in the kingdom of God. The law of faith is the law of the Spirit of life.
Whoever has the law of faith does not sin and cannot sin, because God’s seed remains in him. The law of the Spirit of life set him free from the law of sin and death. Anyone who is saved has this law of the Spirit of life in himself.
If anyone who says he is saved does not have the law of the Spirit of life, his salvation is false. Anyone who is saved is born again from above, and so now he is not of this world. The first man who was born from below died with Jesus, and the second man who is born again from above lives. In him, these words are fulfilled: The first man is from below; the second man is from above.
Those who have the law of the Spirit of life in their hearts believe with their hearts unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession are made unto salvation. They don’t hide the salvation; in the Spirit, they work out their salvation with fear and trembling.
God gave Christ to all men so that Christ can be formed in them. But many people sit down to eat and get up to indulge in revelry, only rejoicing over the redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
It is natural that those who are saved from sin are glad. But God gave Christ to all men so that by the salvation they received Christ can be formed in them and they can together enter into the eternal joy of their Lord. It is like a parable of talents. The servant who had received one talent did not gain one more. The servant whose debt of ten thousand talents had been canceled in his master’s mercy did not cancel his fellow’s debt of a hundred denarii. They cannot receive the reward of eternal life. They have the salvation they received, but they don’t have the salvation they work out.
The end of faith, the salvation of souls is not accomplished in the singular number, but in the plural number. So it is written, “a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery.”
“From faith” without “to faith” will suffer shipwreck at last because it is like the beginning without the end. So it is written, “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.'”
Therefore, the salvation that God brings about is different from the salvation that man wants to get. the salvation that God brings about is that God and men together enter into the joy, but the salvation that man wants to get is the vain salvation only for his own joy.
Many people think that the salvation is accomplished by his own desire, without knowing that the salvation is accomplished by the righteousness of God. So they cannot be set free from sin and death. Many people to whom the gospel was first preached did not enter the rest of God because they did not combine with the righteousness of God and did not obey the gospel, establishing their own righteousness.
It is because they did not deny themselves at first and did not take up their crosses. Without denying themselves, they just say they believe in Jesus only to get the eternal life by their own desire. Therefore, they need Christ to teach them again the elementary truths of God’s word.
We freely receive the salvation by grace, and it is worked out in us by truth. Christ is full not only of grace, but also of truth. I hope that Christ will be formed in all of us–this is the salvation. God our Father has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. He has prepared the eternal rest for all of us who work out this salvation. Thank you, Lord.
January 18, 2007
Truly believing in the Lord Jesus means being joined to the Lord. Anyone who has received such faith as a gift has the witness in himself. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
The Bible says, “He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.” (1 John 5:10).
If anyone believes the testimony that God has given of His Son, the substance of Jesus hoped for is formed in himself, and he is anointed with the Spirit of truth, who is the evidence of Jesus not seen, and he receives the right to become children of God.
The new covenant promises, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13). Faith is receiving Jesus, and receiving Jesus is being joined to him and becoming the bride of the Lamb.
It is written, “‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:31-32). When man believes in Jesus, who partook of flesh and blood in this world, the will of God is fulfilled.
If the Lamb and the bride of the Lamb, that is, Christ and the church, who have been raised together, are prepared, the everlastingly blessed wedding supper will be held on that day. This is what God has wanted in Christ Jesus from before the creation of the world.
One husband, the Lord Jesus, came into the world in the flesh to find his mate–to do the will of God the Father. It is written by his prophet, “Then I said, ‘Here I am, I have come–it is written about me in the scroll.'” (Psalms 40:7). And again, it is written by his apostle, “Then I said, ‘Here I am–it is written about me in the scroll–I have come to do your will, O God.'” (Hebrews 10:7).
New lives can be united together not in the flesh seen but in the faith not seen. So the Bible says about those who are joined to the Lord, “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” (1 Corinthians 6:17).
And also, the Bible says, “However, as it is written: ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.'” (1 Corinthians 2:9). Anyone who doesn’t remain true to the faith doesn’t know it.
The bride of Christ, which is his body, the church, is hidden with Christ deep in God, loving each other eternally, as it is written, “I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, By the gazelles or by the does of the field, Do not stir up nor awaken love Until it pleases.” (Song of Songs 2:7).
Therefore, those who are joined to the Lord are blessed in the love of God for ever and ever. Thank you, Lord.