Communion with God (21)

So marriage is most often the way God describes his relation to his people-JK

“The time of his taking the church unto himself is the day of his marriage; and the church is his bride, his wife, Rev. 19:7, 8. The entertainment he makes for his saints is a wedding supper, Matt. 22:3. The graces of his church are the ornaments of his queen, Ps. 45:9–14; and the fellowship he has with his saints is as that which those who are mutually beloved in a conjugal relation do hold, Song of Solomon 1. Hence Paul, in describing these two, makes sudden and insensible transitions from one to the other, — Eph. 5, from verse 22 to verse 32; concluding the whole with an application unto Christ and the church. It is now to be inquired, in the next place, how it is that we hold communion with the person of Christ in respect of conjugal relations and affections, and wherein this does consist. Now, herein there are some things that are common unto Christ and the saints, and some things that are peculiar to each of them, as the nature of this relation does require. The whole may be reduced unto these two heads:— [1.] A mutual resignation of themselves one to the other; [2.] Mutual, consequential, conjugal affections. ” In other words Christ and his people give themselves to each other and love each other!-JK

John Owen

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