I love the phrase, “…the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ.” Philippians 3:8 NLT
The Amplified Bible uses the words, “Priceless privilege, overwhelming preciousness, surpassing worth and supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”
What an awesome thought that we could know Him deeply, intimately, perceive and recognize His work more clearly. The closer I get, the more sympathetic I feel toward the plans He has laid out for me. Scripture shows patterns of His protection and provision, proof that He can be trusted. I record every promise that finds its YES in Jesus. My heart turns genuinely to an outpouring of thankful praise… it can’t be stopped.
It’s like time with my husband; closeness, look in-the-eye talks, intimacy. Nothing gives greater connection. I feel we are on the same side. My empathy rises for his concerns and struggles. I feel sympathetic toward his decisions and plans. Respect flows naturally and my heart is so thankful for him.
No wonder Paul equates the husband with Jesus and the wife with the Church. We are encouraged in both relationships not to forsake “the coming together”- that amazing bonding of souls. And yet this is the great mystery, that God would call us to come and be that close to Him!
The overwhelming preciousness of a knowable oneness! As married women, we are incredibly blessed. What a priceless privilege to see this first hand. Let joyful thanksgiving flow.