Some may wonder how I can reconcile the title of this blog post with Ephesians 5:25, but by His grace, I will. This verse says, “The husbands! love your own wives, as also the Christ did love the assembly, and did give himself for it.” Look closely at that which I placed in italics……and did give Himsef for it. Christ came and laid His life down for His bride, the church. If you notice, down throughout the annals of time, you can see many ugly people who make up the bride of the Lamb. In 1 Corinthians 6, Apostle Paul states, “have ye not known that the unrighteous the reign of God shall not inherit? be not led astray; neither whoremongers, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, the reign of God shall inherit. And certain of you were these! but ye were washed, but ye were sanctified, but ye were declared righteous, in the name of the Lord Jesus, and in the Spirit of our God.” (vss. 9-11) In all this, Paul wrote, “And certain of you were these!” There are many people in the body of Christ that were ugly in their sinner days. The bride of Christ is composed of those who were once liars, thieves, murderers, molesters, rapists, idolators,homosexuals, &c. I will now show you some biblical people who fit into this category.
First off, let’s start with Moses. Moses was raised by the Egyptians, yet he was an Israelite by birth. When the time came, he saw an Egyptian being rough with an Israelite and he killed him. He hid the body and fled and wondered in the wilderness for fourty years, until God revealed Himself to Moses in a burning bush(Exodus 3). God used this man to bring the Israelites out of Pharoah’s bondage. In Numbers 20, he smote the rock twice when God told him to speak to it. He rebelled, paid for it by not being allowed to cross over into the promised land, yet he is at rest with God.
Then there’s Samson(book of Judges). He was to never have a razor touch his head. His strength was in the length of his hair. He killed 1,000 men with the jawbone of an ass. Yet he dealt roughly with people at times. He then told Delilah the secret of his strength and when he woke up his hair had been cut off. Yet, after it grew back out, he killed the Philistines and himself when he tore down the building they were dwelling in.
In the book of Joshua, you can read of a harlot named Rahab. She made a covenant with the Israelites that they would spare her when they would take over Jericho. She lied when some men came in to search for the two spies who were sent to spy out the city. She was a harlot who also lied, yet her name is mentioned in the “hall of faith” chapter of Hebrews 11.
David was a man after God’s own heart. He took over after Saul had rebelled against God’s commands given to him by Samuel. Yet, David slept with a married woman(Bathsheba), had her husband(Uriah) killed, and seem to continuely struggle with sin as he wrote in the Psalms.
Then there was David’s son Solomon. In the latter days of his life, he had wives and concubines that were idolators. He gave them his support and also worshipped with them, if I’m remembering correctly. Yet it was Solomon who God gave wisdom to to lead His people. It was Solomon who God told David his son would rebuild the temple for His people to worship Him in.
In Luke 7, there was a woman who came unto Jesus whilst He was at Simon’s, who was a Pharisee, house. She sat down at His feet and began to kiss His feet, and washed them with the tears she shed, and dried them with her hair. This Simon said “This one, if he were a prophet, would have known who and of what kind [is] the woman who doth touch him, that she is a sinner.” Then Jesus told him a parable about two people who were fogiven their debts. One owed a lot more than the other, yet both were forgiven. He then asked Simon who would love the one who forgave their debt the most? Simon said the one who he forgave the most. Jesus told him he answered correctly. However, He then mentioned to him, “Seest thou this woman? I entered into thy house; water for my feet thou didst not give, but this woman with tears did wet my feet, and with the hairs of her head did wipe; a kiss to me thou didst not give, but this woman, from what [time] I came in, did not cease kissing my feet; with oil my head thou didst not anoint, but this woman with ointment did anoint my feet; therefore I say to thee, her many sins have been forgiven, because she did love much; but to whom little is forgiven, little he doth love. And he said to her, Thy sins have been forgiven;” Simon was a Pharisee, and most of them thought they kept the Law and were safe. They thought they had no need of being saved. Yet, Jesus rebuked them many times, even saying to them that if they believed Moses’s writings, they’d believe in Him, because Moses wrote of Him. They were self-righteous, and this is a form of vanity. Sinners who are being drawn by God, know how vile they are before Him. They see their true ugliness. Sinners who are not being drawn, do not think of themselves as being lost. They think their good works, if they outweigh the bad, will get them to heaven.
I will close this with one of the most wicked people I have ever read about….one Saul of Tarsus. Here was a man who was the Pharisee of Pharisees. He was consenting to Stephen’s death when he was stoned in Acts 7. He had letters in his hand to go to Damascus to persecute the christians and have them thrown into prison. He had beaten, inprisioned, mocked, tortured them who called upon Christ’s name. yet, in His time, God shined the Light about him and three days later, Ananias healed him of his blindness, and he went and preached Christ. He wrote many of the NT books we so cherish now. He was even willing to lay down his life for Christ, the one he was so opposed to to begin with.
I know there are many more I could write about, but you get the picture. To save people, you have to first get them lost. I read that somewhere, but can not remember who coined that phrase. People have to see themselves for how ugly they truly are before God. Our righteousness is as filthy rags before Him. Our sins have seperated us from Him. God can not stand to look upon sin, let alone, dwell with it. We, as sinners, were ugly. But God sees us through Christ, having chosen us in Christ from before the foundation of the world.
Christ married us when we were ugly, when we saw ourselves as worthless, deserving of hell, no one wanting anything to do with us. He married us because it was His will and good pleasure to do so. It made Him happy to marry an ugly wife. Praise be to His name!!!
***I took this from an old song that has the words “If you want to happy for the rest of your life, never make a pretty woman your wife.” As I was listening to it, this blog post popped into my head. I pray that this was of God, and not of myself.