GodÂ’s love for us is exceedingly greater than the love depicted in romance novels. Our timeless story is the ultimate Â– the greatest love story ever penned. We are loved by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And He is this day wooing and summoning us unto Himself. He is arousing in us a revelation of the passion that burns in His heart towards each of us; a passion that burned so deeply our Champion of Love willingly left the glories of Heaven, took on the form of bondservant, humbling Himself unto the death of CalvaryÂ’s cross. Through this sacrificial act of extravagant love, mankindÂ’s bondage was eternally broken, SatanÂ’s Kingdom utterly destroyed, and a glorious Bride was secured - a Bride, who would become the eternal counterpart of the Beloved Son of God.
If love is the story of the Bible, and it most certainly is, then redemption has to be its sub-title, for everything in the plan of God hinges on redemption. Because of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, it was necessary for an eternal price to be paid to redeem (buy back; liberate from captivity, bring back to a former place) mankind, thereby bringing him back into union with God. Our whole life is contingent upon redeeming love! Without redemption, bridal union between humanity and a Holy God would be impossible. However, God so loved this world that He gave His only-begotten Son in order that we, through His death, could experience redemption and be brought close to God. Redemption is GodÂ’s plan for fallen man. He designed it, and He paid the price for our redemption.
IÂ’m reminded of a story that I read my three sons when they were young. (I believe the title of this story is Â“Little Boat Twice OwnedÂ”. I do not know the authorÂ’s name). As I recall, the story goes like this: A young boy and his dad built a toy sailboat for the boy to sail on a lake near their house. One day while the boy was sailing his boat, there was a fire in town. Without thinking, the boy left his boat and went to see the fire. When he returned to the lake to get his sailboat, it was gone. A few days later, the boy saw his sailboat in a pawn shop. He then went into the pawn shop, and told the shop owner that the boat was his, and that he had lost it the day of the great fire. The owner agreed to sell it back to him for the amount that he had paid for it. The young boy went home, emptied his piggy bank, and then returned to the shop to purchase his boat. On the way out of the pawn shop, the boy lovingly looked at his boat and said: Â“Little boat, you are twice mine. You are mine once because I made you, and once because I bought youÂ”. Is this not the story of redemption? God made us. God lost us. God bought us back.
Written in Red
We are a redeemed people. But, oh what a price was paid for our redemption! The apostle Peter tells us about this price paid for our redemption. Â“ For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defectÂ” (1 Peter 1:18, 19 NIV). For the love of a woman (the Bride of Christ), our Beloved God went through the intense agony and terrible torment of Calvary.
Our story has been written in red, for it has been written with the precious, costly, highly honored Blood of Jesus. Although, as lovers of Jesus, we place a high premium on the Blood He shed for us, there is no one who places a greater value on the Blood of Jesus than our Father God. The Blood of Jesus is near and dear to the heart of God for it has to do with the death of His Son. It is in the Blood of Jesus that we find the supreme revelation of the wisdom, power and love of God. Redemption through the shed Blood of Jesus is GodÂ’s thought, His plan, and His way.
It is through GodÂ’s plan of redemption that we are able to experience a rich spiritual inheritance. For example, as a redeemed one we are freely justified, wholly sanctified, and wonderfully glorified. We have manifold provisions that our Redeemer procured for us such as: peace, prosperity, plenty, purity, perfection, preservation and protection. Listen to these comforting words that God spoke through Isaiah: Â“Â…thus says the Lord Who created you, He Who formed youÂ…Fear not, for I have redeemed you Â–ransomed you by paying a price instead of leaving you captives; I have called you by name, you are Mine. When you pass through the waters I will be with you, and through the rivers they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned or scorched, nor shall the flame kindle upon you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your savior;Â…Because you are precious in My sight and honored and I love youÂ… (Isaiah 43:1-4).
What a wonderful passage of scripture that confirms to the Redeemed of the Lord that we are GodÂ’s creation, formed by Him. As such, our God calls us His very Own, knowing us so intimately that He calls us by our name. Because we belong to Him, He has promised to be our Savior; thus, we find ourselves always to be in a secure place.
What a magnificent thing it is to be a redeemed one! However, with this reality, we must realize that we were not merely redeemed in order to be secure in the fact that our sins are forgiven, and we will miss hell and have an eternal home in Heaven. Redemption is far more reaching than most Christians realize. Our redemption is vast, consisting of many facets. It has to do with our past, our present, and our future. Not only have we been put back into a right relationship with God, having been cleansed of our sins, but we also have an inheritance not fully realized. We have a destiny we are moving towards; the destiny of becoming a fit and suitable Bride for our Redeemer Bridegroom.
RedemptionÂ’s Love Song
It is because of our redemption, and only because of our redemption, that we find ourselves living in the midst of the most exciting, love story of all time. Nowhere in scripture is the story of the Bride of Christ and her relationship with her Heavenly Bridegroom more beautifully portrayed than in the Song of Solomon. This amazing Song unveils for us a breathtaking prophetic portrait that mirrors the Bride of Christ and the astonishing journey she and her Beloved take in pursuit of the Divine romance. I have found great revelation and keen insight concerning our Divine love story in this Song.
Song of Solomon opens with these words: Â“The Song of Songs- the most excellent of them allÂ…Â”. In this song, Solomon is telling a love story, and to him, this love song is more wonderful than any other. Historically, this song tells the story of King Solomon wooing and winning the heart of an obscure shepherdess. Prophetically, this song is the story of our Heavenly Bridegroom who pursues and wins the heart of an obscure maiden (us) and raises her into a position of nobility and honor as she becomes His royal Bride.
We who were a Â“nobodyÂ” - merely an obscure maiden, have come into a place of extreme honor and wealth. We have been made rich beyond words through our union with the Lord Jesus Christ. No wonder the scriptures speak of our great salvation (Hebrews 2:3); a salvation so vast that we can barely fathom the depths of the royal position and extravagant wealth which have been bestowed upon us.
I have been meditating upon Song of Solomon for several years now. I love this Song with every part of my being; so much so, that it has become my favorite Old Testament book. There is abundant hidden treasure to be mined from this short Song concerning the Bride of Christ and her relationship with her Heavenly Bridegroom. Song of Solomon is a book for the heart. It becomes an especially wonderful Song for those who have an intense desire to be romanced by the Lover of their souls. If your heart is crying out for revelation concerning the Bride of Christ and her incredibly amazing relationship with her Heavenly Bridegroom, I would recommend you read, study, and mediate this Song. It will thrill your soul, shed great light upon the Divine romance, and bring you deeper into your personal, intimate love story with your Beloved.
I am my BelovedÂ’s
A few years ago, I woke up in the middle of the night with a question resounding in my heart. That question was, Â“What is your favorite scripture?Â” Immediately, my spirit gave me the answer: Song of Solomon 7:10 Â“I am my belovedÂ’s, and his desire is toward me!Â” For me, this scripture is the essence of my love story with God. I fervently desire to be wholly His, and I bask in the truth that His desire is toward me.
While working on this manuscript, the Lord spoke to my heart concerning this verse and said, Â“This is what redemption is all about: You are MINE. I purchased you; you belong to Me, and My passionate desire is toward you.Â” As we ponder this, there is only one conclusion to be made: There is nothing in the entire world that can compare with having the Lord feel this way about us.
Are you beginning to understand that your life is about so much more than you previously realized? Has your heart been gripped by the truth that you were chosen to be His Bride? That you are the fair maiden that the Prince of Heaven came down to earth to rescue? That you are loved with a love that is beyond description? That you are radiantly beautiful to your Heavenly Prince?
You are precious beyond words to your Beloved God! You may be thinking, Â“How can this be? I mess up and fail, and so often fall short of His glory. " There is a truth that everyone of us need to grasp above all other truths. It is the truth, that in spite of our humanity, immaturity, failures, weaknesses, and shortcomings, our God loves us unconditionally. He can do nothing else because love is His nature.
Meditate on the following word from the Lord:
ItÂ’s time for My people to access the provisions of redemption! ItÂ’s time for My people to stand up and declare their redemption through My Blood. You are a redeemed one, and as such, you have the ability to access the supernatural. All that I lived and died for was for you. You were on My mind when I paid redemptionÂ’s price. I paid it for you. I want you whole! I want you healed! I want you free! You are My purchased Bride. You belong to Me. ItÂ’s time for you to rise up into all the beauty of an adorned Bride. I desire to lavish you with heavenly adornments. I want to beautify you and make your renown known throughout the whole earth.
Take hold of Me My Bride, My beloved, and take hold of My provisions. Take hold of the beauty with which I desire to adorn you. Refuse to be denied all that I am fervently longing to do and give to you. Be bold. Get before My face and cry out refusing to settle for anything less than that which CalvaryÂ’s Blood secured for you. The price has been paid. You have a legal redemptive right to every provision you need while you are residing here in this earth realm. I say to you - access heavenÂ’s supply. Access it through My Blood and the covenant you have entered into with Me. We are one and through CalvaryÂ’s Blood you have won. I won the victory for you. Now take hold of that victory and rejoice.