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Jesus As Lover: A Distortion?

I have heard some people say that the teaching of Jesus as lover of our soul is a distortion and a descent into sensual and carnal religion. I disagree.

I think that the Psalms, the Song of Solomon, the prophet Isaiah, the gospel of Matthew, the
gospel of John, Ephesians, Revelation and many other Biblical
books all represent Jesus as a Bridegroom who is calling forth a Bride
from among His covenant people.

In the Old Testament God the Father uses this metaphor and the metaphor
of marriage many times to describe His relationship with His covenant
people Israel. (see Isaiah 54:5, Jeremiah 2:1-3, 3:14, 31:32, Ezekiel
16:1-14, Hosea 2:14-20)

In the New Testament letter to the Ephesians the apostle Paul tells us that human marriage is a
representation of God's relationship with His people. Husbands are instructed to love their wives in the same manner that Christ loves the ekklesia (the called out ones). Wives are instructed to honor and submit to their husbands in the same way that the ekk…