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Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is referred to in the scriptures as our “Bridegroom” (Isaiah 62:5; Matthew 9:15; John 3:29) and we, His saints, are referred to as His “bride” (Joel 2:16; Revelation 19:7).
Throughout Biblical history, the patriarchs paid dowries for their brides, and vice versa, the fathers of the brides also paid dowries to the bridegrooms. Examples of this are indicated below:
Jacob worked seven years for Rachel’s father in order to marry Rachel (Genesis 29).
Shechem’s father, Hamor, went to Jacob to inquire about paying a dowry for Dinah, his daughter (Genesis 34).
Leah said God had given her a “good dowry,” six sons (Genesis 30).
Caleb gave his daughter a dowry of a field with springs of water (Judges 1).
First, Jesus spilled His precious blood on Calvary for our redemption (Ephesians 1:7).
Jesus said to His disciples,
“In My Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” John 14:2-3.
By this promise also, Jesus has spoken of His dowry to us, the “bride” of Christ.
Everything written in the scriptures was “written for our learning” (Romans 15:4). So, in that the Word of God tells us that bridegrooms give dowries for their brides, and we see that Jesus is preparing a place for us, as fulfillment of the things foreshadowed, what is the “bride” to prepare for her “bridegroom,” Jesus?
Did Jesus provide some hints as to what this “dowry” should be?
He did, in fact. Jesus said,
“If you love Me, keep My commandments” John 14:15.
“If you keep My commandments, you shall abide in My love, even as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love” John 15:10.
“If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness (sin), we lie, and do not the truth” 1 John 1:6.
Finally, the Word of God says,
“I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” Romans 12:1.
In other words, in return for salvation, our eternal abode with Him, God expects us to surrender ourselves wholly and completely to Him in holiness, which is our reasonable service (our dowry).
Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.
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