Did You Ever Think Of This?
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Did you ever think of this? We are taught many things from our Bible teachers and one of those teachings is the Bride of Christ. We have been told the church is the bride of Christ and that is pictured in Ephesians 5. And yes, I see the correlation –
Ephesians 5:21-32 KJV “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”
Clearly we see a relationship between Christ and the church. But did you ever ask or wonder – if the church is the bride of Christ, why doesn’t Paul, the apostle to the church, ever mention the church is the bride of Christ? Paul tells us of a great mystery of Christ and the church but Paul does not call the church the bride of Christ.
We know from scripture God the Father calls Israel his wife and he also gives her a divorce.
Isaiah 50:1 KJV “Thus saith the Lord , Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.”
Jeremiah 3:8 KJV “And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.”
So when we think of Jesus and the bride of Christ, we have been taught the church is the bride, right? We have been taught the Father married Israel and the Son, Jesus, marries the church.
When we study words like bridegroom and bride and look at wedding we find the parable of the 10 virgins in Matthew 22:1-14 and Matthew 25:1-13 but do you notice how both of those texts start? Jesus likens them to the kingdom of heaven. And we know the kingdom of heaven is the literal reign of Jesus on earth unlike the kingdom of God which is inside all believers.
And it is very interesting that Paul never mentions the church as the bride of Christ. So when we investigate the bride we see new Jerusalem is prepared as a bride in Revelation 21:1,2. And if you carefully read the whole chapter, Revelation 21, you see in verse 9 an angel tells John, come here, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
Revelation 21:9 KJV “And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”
Then read what the angel shows him in verses 10-27.
If the Father married Israel the nation, could it be the Son marries Jerusalem, the city of God? Is the bride New Jerusalem populated with Revelation 21:27 KJV “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”
Interesting study. So what is Paul talking about in Ephesians 5:32 KJV
” This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”
Until next time.