Monday, 4 July 2011

The bride of Christ

Hi all

I have been going through some of the pictures of Christ and the church (his bride) in the bible. Thought I would share them as I go along as they are really awesome. I believe this will help us understand our corporate position more clearly as opposed to the institutional understanding of what the church is. Hopefully they wont be sent to far apart, depends whenever I get a gap at home or at work to write them up. The story of Christ and his bride is a common theme throughout the bible from beginning to end, in the old testament we see many types as shown with Adam and Eve below (many others to follow). In the New Testament it becomes clearer like when John the Baptist refers to Christ as the bridegroom.

Joh 3:29  he who is having the bride is (the) bridegroom, and the friend of the bridegroom, who is standing and hearing him, with joy doth rejoice because of the voice of the bridegroom; this, then, my joy hath been fulfilled.

Jesus refers to himself in the same manner.

Mat 9:15  And Jesus said to them, `Can the sons of the bride-chamber mourn, so long as the bridegroom is with them? but days shall come when the bridegroom may be taken from them, and then they shall fast.

He also told many parables regarding the bride, bridesmaids etc, and then more directly, we read about the marriage supper of the lamb when the church is wed to Christ.

Rev 19:9  And he saith to me, `Write: Happy are they who to the supper of the marriage of the Lamb have been called;' and he saith to me, `These are the true words of God;'

So here is the first type, I have shared on Adam and Eve with most of you already so bare with me for part one.

Gen 2:18  And Jehovah God said, It is not good, the man being alone. I will make a helper suited to him.

The man (Adam), is a representation of Christ (Rom 5:14), likewise, the bible is the story of Christ and his bride. From beginning to end it tells us the story of a Father finding a bride for His son. Why would Christ need a bride? Simply because love needs an expression. Even though Christ knew that much of mankind would reject Him, true love is always risky and allows itself to be vulnerable.

Gen 2:19  And Jehovah God formed every animal of the field, and every bird of the heavens out of the ground. And He brought them to the man, to see what he would call it. And all which the man might call it, each living soul, that was its name.

Gen 2:20  And the man called names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the heavens, and to every animal of the field. But no helper suited to him was found for a man.

No animal shared the same nature or DNA as Adam, God would eventually create him a help meet out Adams very own self.

Gen 2:21  And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall on the man, and he slept. In like manner, Jesus slept 3 days And He took one of his ribs, and was pierced and opened up in his side (John 19:37) and closed up the flesh underneath.

Gen 2:22  And Jehovah God formed the rib which He had taken from the man into a woman, and brought her to the man.

Gal 4:19  my little children, of whom again I travail in birth, till Christ may be formed in you,

Gen 2:23  And the man said, This now at last is bone from my bones, and flesh from my flesh. For this shall be called Woman, because this has been taken out of man.

Eph 5:30  because members we are of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones;

Gen 2:24  Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife and they shall become one flesh.

Eph 5:31  "For this, a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh."

Eph 5:32  The mystery is great, but I speak as to Christ and as to the assembly.

Gen 2:25  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and they were not ashamed.

Would love to hear from you guys if you think I miss something, misrepresent something, or would just like to add to what’s being written. Enjoy your day!

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