Saturday, 25 February 2017

The Church Is The Bride Of Christ


"Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” (Rev 21:9)
"Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." (Rev 21:2)

The Church is the bride of Christ and all through the New Testament you would see Jesus consummating a marriage contract with his bride. I would not be able to go through all of that but if you look closely and if you understand the ancient Jews marriage procedure you would realize that on earth Jesus has already started the process of marrying his bride.

But let look at the bridal characteristics of the Church, let see the Church as a bride. The bride is true and honest, for there is no trace of falsehood in her. She doesn't pretend to be who she isn't and she is transparent. One can see through her for she has nothing to hide. She is a woman of principles and she takes her stand; she is not like those that are neither hot nor cold. She makes her stand known and she does not compromise. The bride knows her bridegroom; she cannot mistake him for another.

The Church knows that which constitute Christ and can differentiate that which is Christ's from that which is not Christ's. She is totally devoted to Christ. She holds on to him, ever committed and always faithful. She anxiously await the coming of her bridegroom and her soul longs to see him. She can't wait to finally be with him as his wife. Despite the anxiety she possesses great patient and endurance and she is fully confident that the bridegroom would come for her.

She has no eyes for another; her heart belongs to her lover. Her love for every other thing seem to fade away and she only treasure the gift (the Holy Spirit) which her lover gave her before he left. Oh how she treasure this gift, for it reminded her of her lover. She gives herself to prepare for the wedding and everyday she dream about that day when she would finally be the wife of her lover.


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