He took us, and loved us, and married us!
(William Dyer, "Follow the Lamb")
"My beloved is mine—and I am His." Song of Songs 2:16
"I am married unto you." Jeremiah 3:14
"I will show you the bride, the Lamb's wife." Revelation 21:9
Christ has given Himself to His church by marriage, and therefore she is called—His queen, His spouse, His bride, His wife. Although we had nothing to bring to Christ, but our poverty, shame, sorrow, and misery—yet He took us, and loved us, and married us!