15. Union with Christ, A Fruitful Union

Romans 7:4

So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you could be joined to another, to the one who was raised from the dead, to bear fruit to God

God’s object in saving us is so that we, who beforehand were lost in sin and wickedness, might live a holy life. Our new marriage and union to Jesus Christ produces holiness by bringing us into a love that will never fade and a relationship that will never end. We died to our unfruitful first marriage to the law (in the old flesh) when we died in Christ. That marriage ended. But now, having been raised in Christ, who will never die, and having been joined to him, we are assured of a love that will last forever.

“But suppose my love is weak?” you ask.

Don’t say “suppose.” As a new bride of Christ, your love for him is weak, but it will grow. It will grow here on earth, and it will go on growing throughout eternity.

“Suppose my love should grow cold?” you wonder.

That is a sad thing to imagine since there is no excuse for it, but it is true that this sometimes happens. We get involved in the affairs of this world and forget the Lord for a time. Ah, but he is still seeking us. He has only used our neglect of him to show us how much his love means and how empty our lives are without it.

“But suppose I betray his love, as Gomer betrayed the love of Hosea?”                                  God forbid that you should ever do that! But even if that should happen, Jesus’s love is greater even than your betrayal. He died to deliver you from the condemnation of the law and purchase you for himself. Do you think he will abandon you now? The Bible tells us, “If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself” (2 Tim. 2:13).

One day the great God of the universe is going to throw a party (Revelation 19:6-10). It will be the most magnificent party ever held. The banquet will be spread in heaven. The guests will be numbered in the billions. The angelic legions will be there to serve these honored guests. Jesus, the Bridegroom, will be seated at his Father’s right hand. And you will be there too, for this is the great marriage supper of the Lamb. You will be there. Do you understand that? You will be there. Nothing is going to keep you from that great celebration—if you are really joined to Jesus Christ.

If you know where you are headed, you will prepare for that day with every spiritual thought you have and with every deed you do. You will bear fruit for God, because on that day of celebration you will be able to lift it up and offer it to him with pure hands and with joy unspeakable.

Is your hope set on this great banquet to come? How are you preparing for it in the way you are living today? Let us serve him with joyful expectation, eagerly looking forward to what he has so graciously prepared for us.

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