Understanding and claiming the truth of our position as
Do you remember our allegory from last time? Well, just in case you don’t, I’ve included it below. We’ll be going back to this allegory throughout the series, so for future reference, please note that it will be available on the Outline page.
Picture yourself in a park—walking along the pathways and enjoying the beautiful gardens and fall colors. Then, as you’re going about and minding your own business, the most beautifully dressed, beaming bride walks quickly past you. As you watch her travel down the path, you can’t get over how joyful, excited, and simply radiant the young woman dressed in white looked nor can you forget the distant gleam in her eye. Also, you remember noticing the huge diamond ring shimmering on her finger, and you can’t help wondering who the groom is and what he must be like in order to ignite so much wonder, excitement, and distraction. Based on the size and beauty of the engagement ring, you guess that the groom must be rather wealthy. So you wonder, who is this bride and what is her story that she—a girl obviously engaged a very affluent man and decked out in all her bridal finery—would be walking in your humble city park?
In this allegory, what did you see from point of view given you? You saw a young woman dressed in the elegance and finery of a distinguished bride, right? However, this was not always her condition. The girl in our story did not always wear the jewelry and attire of affluence—quite the opposite, actually. She came from the very lowest class of society, and was more used to wearing rags and dirt than dresses and jewelry. So what brought about the dramatic change? And how did a girl wearing rags and dirt get engaged to man of affluence and wealth? These are the questions we’re going to look at in this next installment of the bride-to-be’s story. And we’re merely going to look at the answers to these questions, but more specifically consider and study the condition of our bride before and after the event that changed her life forever. Because we will not be able to truly appreciate what took place in the life of the bride until we understand her history.
However, in order to make this study more thought provoking and gather more reader participation, before I share the rest of this post, I’m going to ask you:
How would you describe the bride’s background and former condition?
Remember that we have already discovered that we—you and I—are the Bride, and that our groom Jesus, so with that in mind take some time to really ponder the question I posed to you… When you have your answer, please share it with us by using the comment box below. I look forward to reading your thoughts on this matter!