The Romance And Passion Of God's Salvation

The content of this article contains some references to intimate details in marriage and its corresponding symbolism in Christian Salvation.

* all [bracketed] words in Scripture verses are mine *

I have never written anything about this aspect of Christian salvation. Our Lord and Savior gives us a depth to our life here in this body of flesh that we can barely comprehend, and in the heavens an eternity with Him, a depth of love that will make the intensity of this life pale in comparison. The Bible constantly uses references to parallel all facets of our relationship in marriage and our relationship to Him as saved Christians. We are called "the bride of Christ." We are told to love our wives and that we are one flesh. Marriage in all its aspects mirrors our relationship with Jesus. The following poem captures the intimacy that Jesus wants for our relationship with Him. He wants us to think of our life "in Christ" in these terms.

As I lay there and felt her 'neath my touch, half asleep, half awake

Naked and vulnerable under my hand, I thought, "husband love

Your wife like Christ loved loved the church and gave Himself

For her." With each caress, my touch told her that

Without a doubt she could trust me. She knew that if she gave

Herself to me, she would feel joy and fulfillment and peace that

Would rush through like a wild wave of the mighty ocean.

With intense care and patience, I traced small circles

Around intimate places and her excitement grew and I smiled

Because her body heard my cry of love for her in my fingertips.

And I thought, "like Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her."

I spend time with every curve, with every nerve,

No hurry, her speed, her rhythm, Her breath.

Time becomes non-existent because our love is eternal.

And I thought, "like Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her,"

For her. I waited.

I waited for her to respond to me. Hesitation became curiosity. Curiosity

Became excitement. Excitement became hot and breathless in its passion.

At that moment I was all there was in her universe, my love, my connection,

My caress, the electric heat of our embrace.

She opened for me. No more intimate act can a woman do, I thought,

And I thought, "like Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her."

She desired I come in that we become one in spirit, in mind, in heart,

And in body. And they two Became one flesh God had said.

The sweet bliss as I entered the heart of her essence was

Almost too much for me to comprehend, and I thought, "like Christ loved the

Church and gave Himself for her." I occupied space within her and she was

Surrounding and in me. Securely I held her, and in my heart, this moment

Would never end, she was mine forever, and I thought, "like Christ loved the

Church and gave Himself for her."

In the moments after, I held her, and I secured her, and I stayed as all faded

Into sleep. But I became restless, got up, and went out into a secluded

Place. Under the stars I knelt, and thanked Jesus and we had sweet

Communion under the stars with all laid bare before Him, and I realized

I am the bride and He is my husband. He holds me and loves me. He

Secures me and indwells me. He infuses passion, and joy impossible

To understand or describe. He loves me and others through me.

The picture is complete and I weep

In the awesome and mighty depth of His love.

Many times in Scripture God refers to Himself as a Husband to His people. In the book of Hosea, God says that Israel was being the unfaithful wife by joining herself to false gods. When I say "joining herself" I mean God used sexual terms to describe the disloyalty to Him. In God's mind, He and His people were in an intimate marriage covenant and He expected no adultery.

"Say to your brethren, 'My people' and to your sisters, 'Mercy is shown.' Bring charges against your mother [idolatrous Israel], bring charges; for she is not My wife, nor am I her Husband! [Israel had broken the marriage covenant with God] Let her put away her harlotries from her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts; lest I strip her naked and expose her, as in the day she was born, and make her a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst... She will chase her lovers, but not overtake them; yes she will seek them but not find them, then she will say, 'I will go and return to my first husband for then it was better for me then now.' [The symbolism here is that Israel, symbolically God's wife was not returning to Him out of love but for money and comfort to use God, not to have a wifely covenant relationship with Him.] For she did not know that I gave her grain, new wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold- which they prepared for Baal. Therefore I will return and take away My grain in its time and My new wine in its season, and I will take back my wool and my linen, given to cover her nakedness. Now I will uncover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and no one shall deliver her from My hand."

But God is a God of love. He does not want cut off His people forever. He is quick to forgive a repentant heart. He received His people back as they repented and never totally cut them (Israel) off from being His chosen people. We Christians are spoken of as a "grafted in" branch to Israel and we too have become "chosen" as the seed of Abraham. (Gal. 3:7)

"Therefore, behold, I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her. I will give her the vineyards from there, and the valley of Achor as a door of hope; she shall sing there as in the days of her youth, as in the day that she came up from the land of Egypt [an end-times prophecy regarding the nation Israel]. 'And it shall be in that day,' says the LORD, 'That you will call me, 'My Husband,' and no longer call Me, 'My Master,' for I will take from her the names of the Baals and they shall be remembered by there name no more. In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and the birds of the air, and with the creeping things of the ground. Bow and sword of battle I will shatter from the earth, to make them lie down safely. I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in loving kindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know the LORD.

It is interesting that the words betroth, comfort (meaning tenderness between a married couple), Husband, and know is used. In the case of the last word know it is the same word used when the men of Sodom wanted to have sex with the angels sent to Lot. It is clear that this sexual reference is talking about the intimacy that God will have with His people Israel when the prophecy is fulfilled.

The Scriptural phraseology of marriage, husband, wife and bride is now continued into the new covenant set up by Christ when He came to earth. He purchased the redemption of every soul with His blood. By offering Himself up, He was proposing a marriage-type covenant relationship to each person individually, extended first to the Jew and then to all people on earth. Each individual would have the opportunity to accept His intimate relationship proposal or to reject it. The relationship would be as the covenant relationship of marriage. This offer was given "to the Jew first and then to the Gentiles." Christ said, "If I be lifted up [on the cross] I will draw all men to Myself."

"For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you." (Isaiah 62:5)

"I have come to my garden, my sister, my spouse; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk. [an example of proper passion in a marital relationship, its depth not comparable to that of the Lord and His bride, for our physical experience is but a shadow of what we have in
Christ.]" (Song of Solomon 4:10)

"For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I [Paul] have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. [Paul was saying that he worked hard to raise up a godly church and it was as if he was arranging a marriage between this group and Christ, Christ the bridegroom, the church the chaste and faithful bride.] (2 Corinthians 11:21)

Our marriage relationship to our God is more than most people consider when they ponder what it means to know Jesus. Most people think of worshiping God as a form of individual expression, as something that an individual does so that the individual feels a sense of belonging to God. They do not think of it as an interaction of a married couple. But God says that a relationship with Him is more. He says that there is an interchange on a best friend level and way beyond, on a husband-wife level yet way beyond. It is hard for us to think about God in that way because the world has so moved away from "thus sayeth the Lord" that it has distorted what the marital bed is, in actuality. It is thought of as a mere carnal interchange of bodily fluids. That is not what marriage is supposed to be for a husband and wife in God's plan. The man and woman are to be thinking as if they have merged into one life-form identity and as far as God is concerned, they have. They are to think of the deep symbolism that their marriage carries and their sexual acts contain.

On a more cosmic scale the same is true in the parallel with God and the saved person. At the moment a person accepts Christ and receives Him into their heart, the Holy Spirit takes up residence inside the person and the two become connected, one. Another verse says that each believer has a body, a soul and a spirit that was made alive. When this connection happens, that believer's spirit is "immersed into" or inserted into the body of Christ. The sexual union is a picture of this on our literal plain. (1 Cor.12:13) Marriage for us fulfills the body's needs and drives and answers the deep longings of the soul. That is precisely what God promises for the believer, only with effects that go far deeper than mere sexual release.

"But as it is written: 'Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." (1 Corinthians 2:9)

Friend: Do you have this sweet relationship with Jesus? Do you see a relationship with Him even possible? If you haven't considered a relationship with God then the One who paid it all for you wants a relationship with Him to begin. He came to earth and shed His blood to make it possible to have this marriage to Him. He stands outside the door of your heart and He knocks but He will not force the door open, you must open to Him. How often have you wished for something more in life, something deeper, a deeper meaning to your existence? Jesus is waiting for you to have that kind of relationship with Him. He has proposed to you and wishes to be one with you.

If you are aware that you are a sinner and in need of a Savior then you can ask Jesus into your heart and life. Do you believe that Jesus came to earth and that His death on the cross paid for your sins? Do you believe that He was buried and then on the third day rose again? Then pray this:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I'm a sinner and that I cannot pay for all the wrongs I have done. I believe that You came to earth because You love me and want me to be with You in a relationship that will last forever. I believe that You died and rose for me. Please Lord forgive me for my sin and save me. I open to You now, my heart, my life, my being, I give it all to You. I promise to follow You and to live my life Your way. Thank you for saving me. I pray this in Jesus' holy name. Amen.

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ComfortB 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

The title of your hub caused me to click on it so I can read it, but I must say that I couldn't even bring myself to read the entire content due to the images you presented in your hub.

I'm in no position to judge your intentions, but as a believer in Jesus Christ and a follower of His, I sincerely believe that the images shown in this hub will do nothing to lift Christ up.

If a struggling or weak believer, or maybe even one that's seeking salvation should stumble on your hub, the images could actually cause such to stumble.

I urge you to remember the word of the Lord in 1 Corinthians 8:13.

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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

I have taken your comment to heart and removed the images to make sure that no one else becomes offended at it. I am sorry to have been so insensitive. I guess I just didn't see them as bad but I now see how others could. Thank you for your imput and I will search for other pics.

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phdast7 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

I liked what you wrote and was impressed by the analogies you drew. Good and moving work. I was not personally distressed by the pictures, but once I read the first comment I could see how they might be a stumbling block for some people. Probably wise of you to remove them and search for other pictures, which I am sure you will find. I look forward to reading other Hubs that you have written. Theresa

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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

I appologized to the previous commentor. I was so embarrassed that I just pulled the hub. But I am encouraged that maybe the content is not offensive but beautiful. I have one picture on here. I hate picking pictures. It is a hastle and takes up way too much time. Pictures sometimes say way too much or way too little. I just want God glorified by what is written. Thank you for your encouragement. Hopefully more folks will be blessed by it.

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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

very interesting.

I think it was difficult to read because most of our sensual ideas are borrowed from our distorted worldly ideas of intimacy. It was hard to disconnect from the idea of reading graphic worldly material.

We do forget that the husband-wife relationship was designed to reflect those spiritual sentiments and you did that very well.

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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

You have no idea how much I needed to hear that. I believe that if husbands would keep in mind that relationship as the apostle said, then there would be much more love in marriage and the level of love and appreciation for God would climb through the roof. I believe that sexual sin and proper sexual thought needs to be attacked head on. The personal graphics is not to be spoken but the education about this relationship is an imparative. I can't see myself ever writing about this again but the Lord may have other ideas. I so appreciate your comment and love like all get out! Your brother Bob.

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ComfortB 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

Simply, beautiful!

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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

You have been instrumental in this, my sister. First your counsel. Second, by interacting with me to give me perspective in this matter. I am forever in your debt. It may be that someone may change in their relationship to God or their precious, precious bride. May God bless you. Thank you.

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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

no body, I really don't know what's going on, but I do know your heart and so does God. Keep ministering with wisdom! Much love always!!! Voted-UP!

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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

I have been blessed beyond what you can imagine. I felt this an important piece of writing and teaching. It was extremely difficult to write for a number of reasons. Not the least of which is the struggle for purity that I have (and the Lord has had the victory daily). You voted the writing up so I guess you were responding to my saying how this wise Christian lady helped me with counsel. It was just in the manner of a blind spot in regards to photos that I initially posted. They were (in my mind) tasteful with this very heavy spiritual lesson. But she pointed out that they were too graphic for some people and would do some harm. I am indebited to her for her insight and love in the sharing. I love you in the same way for having helped me with other hard writing assignments from the Lord. Lottie, there have been trials but the Lord is faithful and I have faith that all will be well by and by. May you continue to minister in the glorious word and know that I love you with all my heart my wonderful sister.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Nobody This is a bit bold… Yet, I think that this poem skillfully expresses the beauty of physical intimacy between husband and wife. The Bible speaks candidly about the marriage bed being undefiled. It is a place where oneness can take place between two committed spouses. It is a most precious gift to be able to freely give of yourself to your spouse! There is a connection that takes place; a cathexis to reinforce the special bond & reinforce the LOVE!

Bob, I believe that you are making a contrast here using your poetic talents to illustrate the beauty of love making with the beauty of GOD’S plan of SALVATION! That it is a gesture of Love! You have intertwined the two illustrations together! Many do not like to think about God in the bedroom although He is OMNIPRESENT! We are indeed naked before the Lord! God did not intend for there to be any shame when a husband and wife come together… In this poem it appears that after a passionate encounter with his wife, he thinks about the depth of His Love for His wife and is compelled to go and Thank The Lord… He is reminded that it is because of the Love that The LORD holds for us as well we are able to love at all… Example: Christ LOVE for us = His Bride the Church...

However, I can also see why there might be a tendency to focus more on the sensual than the spiritual since our world has so corrupted the original beauty that God intended …

Thank you for sharing you, and know that The Lord Knows your heart and sometimes it means that what we say will at times be misconstrued ! In His Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!

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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

DeBbie, I keep getting this blessing: "I, We, God, knows your heart." I have always tried to be very open about myself so that all WILL know my heart. I was afraid of someone being so put off that they would not read the content at all. They would be so put off that they would miss the plan of salvation at the end and the chance for life eternal. The first comment spoke to that fear immediately. This poem was not personally me but has happened to me. I would never be so bold as to relay to anyone an actual happening that is to be my personal guarded experience with my wife. When you said "a bit bold" I kinda held my breath, but it seems you were okay with the content. As I said to someone else, I can't immagine the Lord laying a piece of writing on me like this ever again. I will follow His lead but I truly believe this to be a one of a kind. I love you my sister. God bless you. Bob.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Bob, Breathe Peacefully! To make sure that there is no doubt; I meant bold in a "good" way! There is a transparency here that I think helps to dispel some of the misconceptions that most shy away from discussing... This was tastefully done in poetic form and it is revealing but does not have to be taken as personal. In His Love & Blessings my brother in Christ!

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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

You are a wonderful friend, a lovely lady, and a beautiful counselor. I so appreciate this. With each person that comments in a good way I get more confident that I had no blind spots. Thank you for your encouragement and wisdom. Love you sister.

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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I think your poem is awesome, brother! I loved it.

"I occupied space within her and she was Surrounding and in me."

Beautifully expressed. You have the creative gift.

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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

I had hoped to give the seldom talked about dimension to our salvation some press. I know that God thinks of us in this very personal and intimate way. People tend to put things in a box in their mind. Sexuality and romance is where people can be "naughty" or "bad" or something that they don't put God into. They have an idea that this act is sin or bad. I know a preacher who gets the heebeegeebees just thinking of gospel music playing while he is with his wife. The two must remain separtate he said. NO God has said it and in my mind it stands for one can't have the depth without the other. If we do not do everything in God's power we will not be able to truly please his wife. If we do not comprehend the illustration of how we are one with our wife we will not understand the intimacy that God wants with us. I love you too brother Jim.

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IntimatEvolution 5 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

For her I waited... beautiful. Simply beautiful.

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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

So glad you liked it. I had thought you would. It is another blessing to me that you read it. Love ya Julie.

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Im The Nana 5 years ago from North Carolina

Great article. God bless you!

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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

I am so happy for every person that has positives to say about this. I feel so deeply about the spiritual aspect of marital sexuality. You have given more corroboration to this. Thank you. bob.

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jesusmyjoy 5 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

amen my brother

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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

Betty, I appreciate this vote up, sister. This was a hard one because no one talks of such things. I felt this was needed because of the personal spot that sexuality occupies in all of us. It is so important to know God's love for us is this intimate. Bob.

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SirDent 5 years ago

Hello my brother. Fist I want to say this is an awesome example of the intimacy that is required for a personal relationship with the love of your life.

Now to get to the meat of the matter. The Song of Solomon was written in the same fashion as your poem. It is a love song for lovers. The Bible says that God so loved the world that he gave.

The world sees intimacy as always being sexual, but it is not. One thing is a fact. There will come a time when God becomes part of you, and you a part of Him, if you continually seek Him. Just as a husband and wife become one, a believer and God can also become on.

Voted up and useful, awesome and beautiful.

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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

Thank you my beloved brother. This means a lot to me to say the Song of Solomon and this expression of God's words in the same breath. I am so humbled because like you reminded me that last time we spoke, the words and thoughts are not mine but His. I appreciate this so much.

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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

I appreciate that Lambservant. I means a lot to me. Many blessings to you.

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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

I appreciate that Lambservant. I means a lot to me. Many blessings to you.

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ShalahChayilJOY 4 years ago from Billings, Montana

Like the Song of Solomon, but more relevant to today. The Spirit and the Bride say Come and HE beckons the soul that is hungering to HIMSELF with the Promise of so much more if we will surrender wholly. no words can express the work's beauty Can we in human terms describe HIS Spirit

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no body 4 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

Beautifully said. Thank you for stopping by. God bless.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Your title is appealing, and it drew me. I have read the article and the comments, and my opinion is that you have done a great job of having God show up in the bedroom. Married couples "are to think of the deep symbolism that their marriage carries and their sexual acts contain." You helped them admirably. Exceptional and Voted Up!

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no body 2 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

MsDora, I kinda thought that you were going to say that the article offended in some way. I'm happy that you saw the meaning of the article. I thought deeply about this for a very long time. I have heard preachers use the symbolism without drawing the obvious conclusions. It was like saying the phrase "2+2" and never saying "=4." I had gotten in an argument with a bunch of people, one or two of which were preachers that said that God does not belong in the bedroom. When I said that, "Without Christ we can do nothing," I was told that to say that God is there with us that it was "sick" and depraved." I told him that often in my mind I am in prayer while I am intimate with my wife. I said that I am asking Him to show me how to best please her and how to draw us together to God. Anyway, I am grateful that you were blessed and you voted up. Bob.

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