The Brilliant Engagement Ring

Many years ago, when my daughter became engaged to be married, my future son-in-law took me aside and whispered, “I got her the best I could.”  Of course, the ring was beautiful, and my daughter was thrilled.

I have been studying the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Church at Corinth.  1Corinthians tends to remind me of an engagement, with a really large diamond ring, and a really large commitment.

In my last post I compare promises God makes to his followers through the Apostle Paul to a many-facetted diamond.  1 Corinthians begins with a roll of many of the aspects, or facets, of the diamond, such as:

–         The knowledge of God’s secret purpose;

–         Unity of thought and mind with our brothers and sisters in God;

–         Faith;

–         Hope;

–         Love;

–         Consecration to God, to name a few.

Just as a diamond engagement ring represents a promise, and a signal to the beginning of a life together in marriage, so does God’s brilliant, many-facetted diamond of promise.

The acceptance of the diamond seals the engagement and also binds the parties to a commitment to each other.  Along with the acceptance of the diamond ring, the acceptance of Jesus Christ in our lives, come responsibilities, as partially spelled out by Paul in his letter.  These responsibilities include spiritual, communal, and temporal duties.  In my own experience with God, He does not take this commitment lightly, and neither do I.  I am faithful in my vow, and He has never failed me.

Paul ends his letter with a list of more promises from God, through Jesus Christ.  Just as a diamond ring may signify the preparations for the wedding day, and life beyond, the actual wedding culminates into taking the first steps as husband and wife.

Paul’s letter has brought me closer to God this New Years week, and I feel richly blessed this holiday season in general.  May your New Year bring you the joy that is meant to be through Christ Jesus.  Happy New Year!

If you would like to follow my blog and receive notices for new posts, please choose “follow” at the top or bottom of the page.

W.S.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Christianity, Faith, Jesus, Modern Living, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to The Brilliant Engagement Ring

  1. Great follow up to the many faceted promises of God. Also fitting that Christ is referred to as the Bridegroom throughout the New Testament. Cannot wait until this engagement on earth ends and the Bridegroom comes to take his bride home with Him!

  2. wsforchrist says:

    Thank you so much, Jeremy, for reminding me that Christ is referred to as the Bridegroom throughout the New Testament. As I was reading 1 Corinthians, that must have slipped my mind. I know that in the book of Revelation the author tells us that the “Bridegroom arrives like a thief in the night.” This is a joyful mystery!

  3. Steve Simms says:

    I never thought of God’s promises being like an engagement ring. Wow! Thanks for sharing.

  4. creditaction says:

    Todd Freil on wretched radio spoke of God’s Sovereign purpose (will), his revealed purpose (will) and his providential will. Sovereign being his ruling and reigning over all creation, revealed, showing through his Word His plan of salvation for mankind, and providential, which is revealed as his elect, those new creations in Jesus Christ, make a decision reached prayerfully and aligned with his Word. As for his secret purposes, well they are secret and as Deuteronomy 29:29 tells us the secret belong to the Lord. I get to know what I need to know not what I want to know.

  5. wsforchrist says:

    Thank you for your inspiring comment. My own experience with God as been that He may share a few secrets with me through inspiration. These secrets may be very small and simple, but they may be big enough to share through witnessing. To be certain, God has secrets best not revealed with any individual, and I also find comfort in that. God is sovereign.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s