106 – The Bride

Christ-Centered wedding

Psalm 99:5 King James Version (KJV)

“Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy”

Every bride is a beautiful bride! The video shows such beauty. But, what had to have taken place for the bride to become the bride?

Consider a wedding. Consider the things that happened that led to the wedding. Consider the bride; she had to be pursued. Consider the groom; he was the pursuer. As is the case of many bride and groom situations, the female shows no interest in having anything to do with the pursuing male, but the male “doesn’t give up” his pursuit. As time passes, the male shows the female all of the reasons that she should accept his offer of, a date, a relationship, and finally of being the bride of the male who would never gave up his pursuit of the “ever alluding female.” The female finally “gave up,” and joined the male in the marriage that some may have said, “would never happen.”

Key in any wedding ceremony is the time when the Father gives the Bride away to the Bridegroom.”

Every bride is beautiful, including the bride of Christ. Consider the things that had to have happened for the bride of Christ to become the bride of Christ?

Consider every person that has ever been born. All of us came into the world being totally depraved in body, soul and spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23), which is a state that we inherited from our original parents, “Adam and Eve.” (The following discussion of Adam and Eve comes from Genesis 2 and 3.)

God created Adam and provided all of the things that Adam would need in life, including a job, which was “to tend and keep the garden” where God had placed him. God provided for all of Adam’s needs including a wife, whom Adam called, “Eve.” Adam and Eve had perfect communion with God. God would walk with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, “in the cool of the day.”

All of life’s necessities were provided for Adam and Eve by God. God gave Adam and Eve total freedom in life, except to sin. God provided a warning to Adam of a great consequence that would come on the Edenic duo if they were to disobey God. The consequence of sin would be death, which would be the death of their total being, “their body, soul and spirit.” The body is a person’s “eyes, nose and toes.” The soul allows us to be aware that we have “eyes, nose and toes.” The soul is our mind, our intellect, our reasoning, our emotions. We have control over our body and soul. The spirit is the part of us which imparts either sin or righteous thoughts into our mind, which will also affect that which we do with our “eyes, nose and toes.” Christ told the Apostles that God’s Holy Spirit would convict them of “sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:7-10). We have no control over our spirit. It is controlled either by God or by Satan, in whomever our spirit dwells.

The sin to which Adam and Eve succumbed may seem to be quite harmless, eating of the tree of good and evil”

Genesis 2:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

The motivation for that sin was of the mind of Adam and Eve.

1 John 2:16 New King James Version (NKJV)

“For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.”

Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, they were removed from the Garden of Eden, from the immediate presence of God. They became totally depraved in “body, soul and spirit,” because of their disobeying God in the Garden of Eden. An immediate death spiral began, with the first victim being the spirit. The body and soul began an aging process that would result in death, which was not a part of God’s plan. As Adam and Eve had children, each child entered the world with no desire to have a personal relationship with God, because of their fallen and depraved state in life. There was nothing present in their depraved souls and spirits that would cause them to seek a relationship with a holy and righteous God. The children of Adam and Eve were conceived and born to be unholy and unrighteous human beings because of the flawed sperm and egg of Adam and Eve. Just as the children of Adam and Eve were conceived and born to be unrighteous, so has been every succeeding person that has been conceived. Just as the penalty for Adam and Eve was death, “permanent death,” of their body, soul and spirit, so is the penalty for every man, woman and child that has ever been conceived. The state of every human being from the time of Adam and Eve is summed up in the following verse of scripture.

1 Corinthians 15:22 New King James Version (NKJV)

“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.”

It is only because of God’s plan of redemption through Christ that any of us can have a relationship with Him, and escape the penalty of eternal death. By being born again (born from above) we have been made holy and righteous, with our spirit being anchored in the Holy Spirit of God, never to be removed. It is only through our new birth that the depraved state that we inherited from our parents has been negated. It is only by being born again that we will not have an eternal death of our body, soul and spirit. It is only by being born again believers in Christ, that we are also made to be saints, and also made to be the “bride of Christ.” In spite of God’s Holy Spirit calling us, from our state of depravity to one of righteousness, many rebelled. But, God never gave up on us; He continued his pursuit of us. We could never have imagined being “the bride of Christ!” But, many of us gave in! We came to saving faith in Christ and became His bride. The “we,” are those of us which have been born again. We have been made to be holy and righteous, as righteous as that of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21), because of that which He did for us.

Consider the path that leads believers in Christ to the marriage of the lamb (Revelation 19:7-8).

We were born again of spirit (John 3:3-8); we can’t be “unborn”. We believed in Christ as our Lord and Savior (John 3:16-18). We were spiritually baptized into Christ, and put on Christ by our spirit dwelling within the Spirit of Christ (Galatians 3:27). We received the spiritual indwelling of Christ (Colossians 1:27). Our spirit was made new, and placed within the Spirit of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), which made our spirit to be as pure as the Spirit of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). We were betrothed to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2), and are now waiting for our marriage to the lamb (Revelation 19:7-8). Prior to the rapture of the church, Christ will come for us in the air and take us to Heaven with Him (John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonaians 4:13-18). We will arrive in our glorified and eternal “body, soul and spirit” (1 Corinthians 15:50, 51-54). We will be taken to the Judgment Seat Of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10). We will not be judged for the purposes of salvation, but will receive spiritual gifts. We were saved when we were born again, and can not be unborn. At the end of the tribulation, we will be taken to the marriage of the Lamb, where “the Father gives us (the bride of Christ) away to the Bridegroom (Christ) (Revelation 19:7-8).” Consider the things that will be going on in Heaven, preceding the marriage of the Lamb.

Revelation 19:1-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Fourfold Hallelujah

19 After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying,

“Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; 2 because His judgments are true and righteous; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and He has avenged the blood of His bond-servants on her.” 3 And a second time they said, “Hallelujah! Her smoke rises up forever and ever.” 4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” 5 And a voice came from the throne, saying,

“Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great.” 6 Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.

Consider the marriage ceremony of the bride of Christ to the Bridegroom, “Christ.”

Revelation 19:7-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Marriage of the Lamb

7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” 8 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

Consider the following video that shows the marriage of the Lamb. Consider the beauty of the bride. The elderly man in the video is the Apostle John.

After the marriage of the Lamb occurs, Christ and His bride will ascend from heaven to earth. After Christ defeats the enemies of God at the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19:11-21), Christ, the bride and the guests will proceed to the marriage supper which will take place on earth during the millennium. The guests will be the Old Testament saints and the Tribulation saints. It is amazing to think that we, the born again believers in Christ, will have a place of special importance at the marriage supper.

Revelation 19:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

9 Then he *said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” And he *said to me, “These are true words of God.”

In a marriage, it’s not a matter of what the man and woman do to take their love to the wedding altar. It’s simply the love of a man and a woman which causes them to join their lives in marriage. It’s very much the same in the spiritual sense when someone comes to know Christ as their Lord and Savior.

A lot of verses have been mentioned in this discussion about the bridegroom and the bride. But, please know that it is simply an intimacy of relationship with Christ as our Lord and Savior that makes all of those verses tell us that we have been born again, and that we will spend eternity with Christ.

John 17:3 New King James Version (NKJV)

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent”

We are saved by grace through faith.

Ephesians 2:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;”

We don’t have to be perfect to be saved; we have to be born again. Once that happens, our eternity with Christ has been “set in stone.” From the moment that we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we enter into eternal life with Christ. Try it! You’ll like it!.

Author: Eternity

Things are discussed in this website that relate to God's creation, from "eternity to eternity," and all that is addressed within those paramaters. Consider Isaiah 43:13, "Even from eternity I am He, And there is no one who can rescue from My hand; I act, and who can reverse it?” The Moody Study Bible adds a comment: "God is the ruler of all, and there is nothing that can stand against Him. His will is irresistible. The Bible Knowledge Commentary adds this thought: "No one can reverse what God puts into action or thwart His plans."

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