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Based on Malachi 3:16-18 I believe the Lord will harken to us as we consider his word together.
Your post seems to encourage and comfort those pressing on, while warning those finding complete satisfaction with existing circumstances. The former leads to an imperishable desire, while the latter would seem to indicate some level of self satisfaction. I enjoyed your post and felt its encouragement to continue pressing in, and be extremely wary of contrary input.
Fred said: God is a homeless bachelor. He is longing for a dwelling place, and a bride. The church is both.
Paul replied: that alone would explain the depth of GOD's love for such as us :) I've never heard it put that way, but I've known for along time that the very name of GOD((YHWH)) indicates the only self existent one. That such a one could produce a bride satisfying and pleasing to Himself is the ultimate witness of His immearsuable wisdom, power, and LOVE.
but I've known for along time that the very name of GOD((YHWH)) indicates the only self existent one.
Have you studied the matter of God's name? I think it is fascinating. I have found that there are two basic approaches. The first group goes way overboard and focuses on how you pronounce God's name, believing He will be offended if you do not pronounce it correctly.
The other group does not think it matters at all that God has a name, even though He told them many times in the Old Testament to call upon His name.
I believe that God has a name, Jehovah, or Yahshua, or Yaweh, depending on how you pronounce "J". This is the reconstruction of His name after the Hebrews removed the vowels so that they would not inadvertently use His name in vain. The four consonants you mentioned, YHWH, are called the Tetragrammaton.
Like all other subjects, this one is controversial and people are divided over it. It seems important that God has a name. If we do not know his name, how are we to call upon Him?
I call Him Father, specifically the GOD and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.
There is yet another group that want to be totally immersed in His Name, as the Rev 19:7-9 Wife of the Lamb, who leaves behind every identity that is not in Him, to make Him Her ONLY identity.
That gives an entirely new depth to doing everything, in word or deed, that it ALL be done in Him and in His name, by immersion.
THAT is an identity that will take us into the air to meet Him.
See you in the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.
There is yet another group that want to be totally immersed in His Name,
Excellent point. I would like to be in this group with you brother.
Revelation 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
Fred said: Excellent point. I would like to be in this group with you brother.
Paul replied: Me too. Rom 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us. However that may be experienced, it is far above any other possibility.