I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there won’t be any marriage in heaven, not really. In other words, if you’re married now, you and your spouse won’t be married to one another in heaven. But as a believer…you will be married to Christ…
Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”– for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” Revelation 19:7-9 (ESV)
But what does it mean to be married to Jesus? Well, a lot of things, but one of the most wonderful is this: you get what He has. Because you have a legal union with Him, what’s His becomes yours.
You know what I’m talking about if you were poor when you married someone who was a lot wealthier than you. On the day that you were married, your debts were gone. Your money troubles were over. Your spouse’s riches became your riches. Did you deserve it? Well, now that’s a weird question, isn’t it? Because it’s not about deserving it, is it? It’s about being married. What was previously his, or hers…became yours.
Now, even better than material wealth, when we entered into a union with Christ by faith, all of His righteousness became ours. So it is granted to us to clothe ourselves in “fine linen, bright and pure.” It is not that we earned it. We could never earn it – but we who have welcomed Jesus into our life by faith are now His, and what’s His…is now ours.
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV)