We are examining the contemporary evangelical assertion that the believer does not need to perform to please God. The various roles assigned to the believer indicates that this is not the case. This becomes evident as we reflect on our role as the bride of Christ.
Scripture teaches that we are betrothed to Christ, an arrangement like engagement only more binding. Regarding this role, Paul writes to the Corinthians:
For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:2-3)
The word “simplicity” conveys the idea of “singleness.” Paul’s point is that believers as those betrothed to Christ should be committed to this single relationship rather than engaging in multiple affairs. In other words, our lives as believers should reflect total commitment to Christ, unadulterated by peripheral dalliances.
Our fidelity must especially be guarded because Christ has gone away to prepare a place for us, and in His absence temptation to dabble in other relationships easily present themselves.
Imagine an engaged man traveling to a distant location to prepare a home for his new bride, only to learn that in his absence she was dating old boyfriends. Or imagine a bride discovering that the man to whom she was engaged was going out with old girlfriends. If we found ourselves in those circumstances I am sure we would conclude that performance matters.
Behaviors that violate our commitment to Christ matter to Him and adversely affect our relationship with Him.