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Corrupting the Gospel

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God's Ultimate Passion: Unveiling the Purpose Behind Everything by Frank Viola

 

"Now we understand why Jesus never married while on earth. It was because his bride was inside of Him! The burning intent of your Lord was to have a companion. This, in fact, was the chief motivation that caused Him to defeat Satan. For in order to obtain His glorious Bride, He had to pay the ultimate price.... 37

 

"Like Adam, your Lord was put into a deep sleep. There are two main reasons for this. First, through His death, Jesus Christ destroyed everything that would stand in His way of winning the hand of His beloved Bride. To wit, He destroyed the sin that would eternally separate her from Him. He destroyed the Law which would suffocate her under a / mountain of religious bondage and a pile of crushing condemnation. He destroyed the power of the evil one who would seek to take her life. He destroyed the world system, which would lure her heart away from Him. He destroyed the old creation which would defile and corrupt her. But most importantly, He destroyed death itself..." 37-38

 

"...for He would ensure that the object of His passion would never taste death. Your Lord made sure that He removed all that could harm His lovely Bride before she came into existence. For this reason, He would not allow her to appear until death was overcome....

 

"Jesus Christ 'endured the cross' by beholding the 'joy that was set before Him' (Heb 12:2) And that joy was His bride!" (38)

"...the Lord has a restless desire to pour out the torrential love that has been imprisoned in His heart. He has an intense drive born of a holy obsession to lavish that love upon His beloved Bride -- the supreme object of His ravished heart. Consequently what grieves Him the most is when she does not accept that love. Therein lies the tension of a frustrated God." 52

 

"Settle it now and forever. The Lord Jesus Christ has removed your sins as far as the east is from the west.... His love is not based upon your conduct, but upon His own. Open your heart and receive His fervent love. In this way, you will be able to reciprocate that love...." 52-53

 

"You are the apple of His eye. You are what makes His heart race. You are what makes Him weak in the knees. You are His heartthrob! And one day, He is going to marry you!.... This is the enormity of what the cross of Christ has done for you and me. It has destroyed the effects of the Fall completely and utterly.... The Bride can only be free to love her Bridegroom when she realizes who she is and how profoundly her FiancÚ loves her. She can only love Him freely when she is utterly liberated from fear, guile, an religious duty and takes her Lord's view of herself." 53

 


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