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Topic: The Church (12/06/07)
By Emily Blakely
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The Biblical description of a bridegroom’s selfless, sacrificial love for his bride is a perfect depiction of Christ as the Bridegroom and the church as His bride, made up of those who have given their hearts to Him. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 2 Cor. 11:2b.
In Jewish custom, a dowry price for the bride-to-be had to be paid. This was accomplished, not with corruptible things like silver or gold, but with the treasure of heaven...the precious Blood of Christ (1 Pet. 1:18a-19).
The bride would then prepare herself and wait expectantly for the bridegroom. Her ears strained to hear the call: The Bridegroom cometh! Jesus made this pledge to His bride: In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:2-3
The marriage of the Lamb is foretold in Revelation 19:7-9. The scene is set, the wife is prepared...arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then it declares, Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb! As members of the church, the bride of Christ, we may have doubts of worthiness, preparedness, etc., but the Word does not say the wife ‘should be’ prepared and arrayed appropriately, but is, and that through the grace of our Lord Jesus. It’s good and done. His eyes are fixed on His bride.
And let him who hears say, "Come!"
And let him who thirsts come.
Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Author’s note: All references are NKJV.
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