Post by kjs on Dec 26, 2018 16:38:23 GMT -6
It seems Many, Many ministries teach that the “church” is the Bride Of Christ!
But the phrase “bride of Christ” does not occur ANYWHERE in the Bible.
There are multiple places in the Apostle Paul’s writings where the Church is spoken about as being the Body Of Christ (with Jesus Christ as the Head) – but absolutely – ZIP, NADA, nothing about the church being the Bride Of Christ.
In the OT (Old Testament) there is several places where Israel is portrayed as an unfaithful wife.
So while there is that imagery of Israel being a spouse of God; it is always an unfaithful spouse. There are several OT references where God declared that Israel would return to Him, that they would become what He had purposed for them, and that He would fulfill His covenant promises to them. So if one were to sort-a-kind-a read between the lines – one could make a case of Israel remarry God – so in that case – the Bride imagery can come about.
What a second (I can already hear someone protesting) …. Revelation 19 is clear about the Marriage supper of the Lamb and the Bride.
It sure is, in fact let us read it….. Revelation 19
7 Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
8 it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
So let us spell this out … In the marriage supper the Groom is the Lamb…
we then read that the bride has made herself ready…..
Umm, wait a second … In Colossians 2:10-15
10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.
The Church has no need for “preparation.” We are complete in Him (Jesus Christ)! So just who is the Bride? It appears the Bride is Israel – or more specifically (since the Bride is identified at the end of Revelation) – The Bride is the remnant that Made it through the Tribulation period; I am sure the experts can debate themselves silly on whether this is just Israel or IF it includes anyone coming through the Tribulation without taking the Mark.
Wife and bride are titles that belong to Israel (or remnant), not the Church. Our title is “the body of Christ.” As the body, we are of the bridegroom, not the bride.
OK, feel free to debate … but be warned until you find a specific verse saying the Church (Body of Christ) is also the Bride of Christ --- you will not convince me……..