By Zola Levitt
The gorgeous tale of the marriage customs of Israel in Messiah’s time and the way He fulfilled those traditions in calling out His bride, the Church. A notable and encouraging instance of scriptural common sense and magnificence.
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You are not to make further sacrifices to impress God. 29). We are responsible to God for good works. We are more than a bride; we are also workers in a field. But insofar as our salvation goes, it has been bought and paid for and we cannot lose it or enhance it in any way according to this contract: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Eph. 2:8-9). The Price How much did our Bridegroom pay? We all realize that our Lord went to the cross for us and that this was painful, humiliating and so insulting to the Son of God.
We are not responsible to be sinless; we are responsible only to believe in the Messiah, Who was sinless in our place and paid for our sins. We might look at the New Covenant as a "gift certificate" for salvation. When one gives you a gift certificate, you need only to take it to the store and present it; there will be no charge for the merchandise. It's not that the merchandise is free, but that someone has been there ahead of you and paid for it. When you get the merchandise home, you may misuse it, if you wish.
The message is very clear: We must have the Holy Spirit—we must be true believers in the Lord Jesus—to go with Him when He comes. The oil was established as a very essential ingredient as far back as the building of the Tabernacle in the wilderness: And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure olive oil beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always (Exodus 27:20). We can learn a great deal from the above Scripture. We are just like the lampstand in the Tabernacle.
A Christian love story by Zola Levitt