The Bible: A Love Story
Contributed by Stephen Smith on Sep 30, 2019 (message contributor)
1. A Marriage Made Heaven?
Contributed on Sep 30, 2019
The Old Testament tale of a Love story in which Yahweh, as a spiritual husband, pledges himself in marriage to the nation of Israel. The wedding, recorded in Exodus 19 and 24, takes place at Mount Sinai following Israel's deliverance from Egypt.
The Bible: A Love Story Pt 1: A Marriage made in Heaven? We often refer to the Old Testament scriptures as falling into the category of the 'Old Covenant'. In their turn, the New Testament scriptures are, more properly, referred to as the 'New Covenant' (Jer.31:31; ...read more
2. Adultery And Divorce
Contributed on Oct 31, 2019
The story of Israel marriage to Yaweh which was marred by unfaithfulness and betrayal - resulting in separation and divorce. Also the account of God's love and faithfulness - shown in His determination to reconcile with His erring wife.
The Bible: A love story Pt 2 : Adultery and Divorce In the last message, we saw how Yahweh entered into a spiritual 'marriage' with His chosen bride, the nation of Israel. Like Boaz with Ruth, He had first redeemed her (from Egypt) and then entered into a sacred covenant (berith / ...read more
3. Part 3 - Reconciliation: The New Covenant
Contributed on Nov 19, 2019
A message detailing the nature of a quite different marriage contract (known as the New Covenant), by which Israel is to be finally reconciled to Yahweh.
The Bible: A Love Story Pt 3: Reconciliation - the New Covenant In the first two messages of this series, we saw that the Israelites were incapable of remaining faithful to their marriage vows made at Mt Sinai to their spiritual husband, Yahweh. Why was this so? Did it mean that ...read more
4. The Law Of Love
Contributed on Feb 15, 2020
This message deals with a second New Covenant marriage - that between Christ and his Church (the Lamb and the Bride). It examines the significance of the Law in the life of the believer today.
The Bible: A Love Story Pt 4: The Law of Love The question is often asked: are we, as Christians under the New Covenant of Grace, still obliged to keep the ...read more
5. The Spirit And The Bride
Contributed on Feb 18, 2020
The fifth message in this series, describing the role of the Holy Spirit in readying the Church (as a Bride) to meet her Bridegroom in the air. Explains the meaning of terms such as the Baptism of the Spirit, Filling of the Spirit and Fruit of the Spirit.
The Bible: A Love Story Pt 5: The Spirit and the Bride In the last few messages in this series, we've discussed the way in which the Church, as a Bride-to-be, will one ...read more
6. The Rapture Of The Bride (Part 1)
Contributed on Mar 17, 2020
This message sets out to affirm that the teaching of the 'rapture' is biblically sound. It discusses why and when it will occur - as well as the nature and purpose of the great tribulation period.
The Bible: A Love Story Pt 6: The Rapture of the Bride (part 1) The truth of the 'rapture' of believers, though widely-held among evangelical Christians in the ...read more
7. The Rapture Of The Bride (Part 2)
Contributed on Jun 1, 2020
A message that examines the close parallel between the ancient Hebrew wedding ritual and the marriage of Christ and the Church.
Pt 7: The Rapture of the Bride (part 2) The Hebrew Wedding and the Rapture As I pointed out in my last message ('The Rapture of the Bride pt 1'), there appears to be significant misunderstanding concerning the nature and purpose of the Lord's 'parousia' ...read more