The Relationship of Marriage
Charles H. Spurgeon
These be dainty words-a grateful anodyne for a troubled conscience. Such singular comfort is fitted to cheer up the soul, and put the brightest hue on all her prospects. The person to whom it is addressed has an eminently happy position.
Satan will be very busy with you, believer in Christ, tonight. He will say, "What right have you to believe that God is married to you?" He will remind you of your imperfections, and of the coldness of your love, and perhaps of the backsliding state of your heart. He will say, "What, with all this about you, can you be presumptuous enough to claim union with the Son of God? Can you venture to hope that there will be any marriage between you and the holy One." He will tell you as though he were an advocate for holiness, that it is not possible that such a one as you feel yourself to be can really be a partaker of so choice and special a privilege as being married to the Lord.
Let this suffice for an answer to all such suggestions: the text is found addressed, not to Christians in a flourishing state of heart, not to believers upon Mount Tabor, transfigured with Christ, not to a spouse all chaste and fair, and sitting under the banner of love, feasting with her lord; but it is addressed to those who are called "backsliding children." God speaks to His church in her lowest and most abject estate, and though He does not fail to rebuke her sin, to lament it, and to make her lament it too, yet still in such an estate He says to her, "I am married unto you." Oh! it is grace that He should be married to any of us, but it is grace at its highest pitch, it is the ocean of grace at its flood tide, that He should speak thus of "backsliding children." That He should speak in notes of love of any of the fallen race of Adam is "passing strange-'tis wonderful"; but that He should select those who have behaved treacherously to Him, who have turned their backs to Him and not ...
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