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Daily Devotional

A New Husband
Married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead.
ROMANS 7:4
16
April
We are never nearer Christ than when we find ourselves lost in a holy amazement at His unspeakable love.
John Owen
What a tyrant our old husband was! One day we were married to the law of God, and how terribly it treated us! It beat us without mercy, for it demanded perfection of poor creatures who could not give it. It threatened us with awful punishment because of our stubborn rebellion. It gave us no rest but continually demanded work, work, and more work. We were sure this marriage would bring about our death unless death did part us! The law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth (v. 1). But, thank the Lord, through the death of Christ we were delivered from this taskmaster. We died to the law in Christ, forever free from its threats, its scourgings, its punishment. And Christ did this for us that we might be married to another, even to him.

Married to Christ. What a blessed union this! Just think of all that we receive at the hand of our Husband! We have, as do all brides, a new name. Christs name is now our name. His name, as John tells us in Revelation 22, is in our forehead. What an honour to bear the name of Christ! How it ought to affect our walk in this world! Moreover, we receive a new standing in life. Look at that precious garment of His own righteousness that covers your sin. Rejoice in that new home that He is preparing for you even now. He takes us from the poorhouse of sin and brings us into His house of wine.

And does not the bride receive the care and protection of her Husband? Our Beloved is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Who dares lift a finger against the apple of his eye (Zech. 2:8)? And why need we trouble our heads about tomorrow when he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep (Psa. 121:4)? But there is one more thing that our Lord gives to His spousea special love. How this love overcomes us! Such love to the unlovely must surely compel us to please Him by bringing forth fruit unto God!
Daily devotions are from the book "Eagle's Wings" published by the Free Presbyterian Church.
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