Our Maker and Husband: Who is the Divine Bridegroom?

“And in that day, declares the LORD, you will call me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal.’ For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, and they shall be remembered by name no more. And I will make for them a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the creeping things of the ground. And I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land, and I will make you lie down in safety. And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the LORD.

(Hosea 2:16-20)

In their desperate acts to evade the sheer weight of the testimony of the scriptures to the cultic veneration and devotion rendered to Christ coupled with the essential divine attributes predicated to Him, many Unitarians (and their strange bedfellows) will reply that such do not necessarily prove the deity of Christ since the Father had made Him Lord. One of such passages they are eager to bring forth is:

Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

(Acts 2:36)

While this text is consistent with the deity of Christ given the Trinitarian metaphysics, Unitarians, ad nauseam, had employed verses like this into their service to explain away the loftiest terminologies (the ones exclusive to a deity) rendered to Christ in the NT. To lend credence to their interpretation, they’ve managed to find solace in tapping from the memoirs of Biblical heroes who are antitypes of Christ. A very striking parallel had been found in the life of Joseph.