Many of you who have followed me on WordPress and have read my articles know that recently I have been doing a lot more warnings involving the Nation of the United States as well as other nations in general. The Lord just seems to be revealing to me (and not just me, either) that we are on the precipice of judgement as a Nation.
But I have also been praying and seeking the Lord for more insight into His Word AND His wisdom and last night in my prayer time, He really dropped a “nugget” of treasure into my heart. Now I am NOT saying this is new to all of you, but it IS new to me for I have never looked at the subject of the Bride of Christ in this way, so bear with me!
Genesis 2:18, “And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”
Genesis 2:21-24, “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
If there is one thing I have learned over the many years of teaching and preaching, it is that WHATEVER the Lord does in the natural concerning mankind, it is a shadow, a type of what He is doing or has done in the Spiritual realm. For anyone to think that this temporary natural existence is all there is to life, they are truly blind, for this is only a shadow of things to come in the eternal. As the Apostle Paul so eloquently stated it, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; . . .” – 1 Corinthians 13:12 (KJV).
As Christians, true followers of the example of Christ Jesus, we have been taught and to a great degree understand about the Body of Christ. We are all members of that Body, Brothers and Sisters IN Christ adding to that Body with Christ as the Head.
1 Corinthians 12:
12, “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.”
18-20, “But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.”
27, “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.”
Now almost everyone is familiar with these verses and what they mean. Many times we interchange the term, Body of Christ with, the Bride of Christ. I’ve been guilty of it, but no more for there IS a specific difference. First, as the Body of Christ, we ARE the Body of Christ in this temporary life because we are together as members, the example of Christ Jesus upon this earth. The gifts given to each and every individual member makes the Body of individual members, a whole. Christ Jesus Himself manifested all these gifts when He walked and taught upon the shores and in the synagogues of Israel. No one person today, manifests all the gifts of Christ Jesus within themselves.
But as the Body of Christ as a whole, with Christ Jesus the Head, we are DOING what He commands. We are ACTING towards others by His command. This brings into perspective all the teaching in 1 John that I have been doing on “loving God by following His commandments, as well as loving one another.” Christ Jesus came to show us the Father by doing the works of the Father and passing that very example on to His disciples through the power and workings of the Holy Spirit. When we as individual members all do our part, no matter how small or insignificant YOU think it is, it is the Body of Christ accomplishing the mission that it was sent to do!
For example, did you realize that your big toe for as small as it is in comparison to the rest of your body, is important in allowing you to keep your balance when walking or standing? Many people do not realize how strong of a support that toe, though small it is, gives to the rest of the body! Thus with that perspective, maybe we shouldn’t take such a little thing for granted! So it is with the Body of Christ, every member, no matter how small we consider it, has a place AND a purpose in the Body of Christ here on earth! It is ALL towards the goal of winning others to the Kingdom of God AND growing the very Body of Christ while on earth.
I will share with you what makes the Bride of Christ different than that in a bit. First, have you considered how the Bride of Christ was created or “born?” We know how Eve, Adam’s wife and bride was created, from his side. It has been stated, rightly so, as the great Bible commentator Matthew Henry (1662-1714) wrote:
“Eve was not taken from Adam’s head that she should rule over him, nor from his feet, to be trampled under foot, but she was taken from his side that she might be his equal, from under his arm that she might be protected by him, near his heart, that he might cherish and love her.”
I might dare to add also that she wasn’t created to always walk behind him, nor to always walk in front of him, but to ever be by his side.
The Bride of Christ was also created from the side of Man; but in this case the Son of Man, Jesus Christ. Look at what the Apostle Paul again tells us in Corinthians:
“And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.” – 1 Corinthians 15:45-50.
Adam was the first man created in God’s likeness, Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth and took upon Himself that same likeness, but to bring us BACK into a spiritual relationship with our Heavenly Father. God gave Adam a help-mate in Adam’s likeness created from his side to walk by his side.
Jesus is the Bridegroom and we are His Bride, but how? Read what the Apostle John tells us:
28-30, “After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”
33-34, “But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.”
Paul tells us in the verses above “that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.” Right now, just as when Jesus walked this earth, flesh and blood is doing the work of Jesus at His leading as the Head of His Body. However, Jesus blood was spilled for us at the cross, unlike other crucifixions, His was a voluntary desire to complete the mission that His Heavenly Father gave Him for mankind. In return the Father, through this act of submission is preparing a Bride for Christ Jesus.
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” – Ephesians 1:7.
“For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.” – Colossians 1:19-20.
“For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” – Hebrews 9:13-14.
“And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.” – Hebrews 9:22-23.
“Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” – 1 Peter 1:18-19.
“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” – 1 John 1:7.
The Body is doing His, Christ Jesus’ work while we are still here abiding IN Him. So, consider this; we know that we have redemption through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross and the shedding of His Blood has cleansed and redeemed us. That confession and the following obedience makes us part of the Body of Christ here on earth, but our final redemption is when He comes back for His Church. What is He coming back for? A Church, but a Bride without spot or wrinkle! The Blood that was poured from His side, not just cleanses us from our sins, but as God the Father created Eve from the side of Adam, God the Father is creating the Bride from the side of the “second Adam, ” Christ Jesus, instead of through a rib, through the shed Blood that cleanses us and makes us spotless and white! Now how AMAZING is that!!
Now that we have that thought in mind, we need to ask what is the Bride of Christ doing?
The Bride is AWAITING the Bridegroom (Matthew 25:1-13)! Right now, she is the Betrothed and thus she is waiting for the return of her Bridegroom. Not UNTIL the Bridegroom comes and takes her to His Home, is she truly the FULFILLED Bride. But what does that signify, you ask?
Now think of this; Jesus said, “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.
And the Apostle Paul stated this; “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” – Romans 8:16-17.
We are heirs of the Father AND joint heirs or co-heirs with Christ Jesus! Think of this in the light of what Matthew Henry stated about God, the Father creating Eve. That is/was in the NATURAL! How much more AWESOME will that same truth be in the spiritually ETERNAL! We have not been newly reborn and created in Christ to be over Him, beneath Him, behind Him or in front of Him, but we are created to be AT HIS SIDE! Apply what Matthew Henry said about Eve now in relation to Christ and His Bride; “From under His arm that she might be protected by Him, near His heart, that He might cherish and love her.”
When we co-inherit the Kingdom of God, and Jesus Christ is the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings, those that have been His working and acting Body here on earth, will no longer be His working or acting Body in the temporary, but His Co-Heir and Bride in the Kingdom of God, the Father, Eternally!
If you have been following this line of reasoning this far, I want to expound on something of relevance in this “modern” age we live in. I have always taught that Marriage is a Sacrament, an eternal covenant between God and the man and woman. The Marriage of a man and a woman in the natural is a type of and a shadow of the spiritual Marriage that will take place between Christ Jesus and His Bride. God’s wisdom has ALWAYS shown us in the natural, something that is of even greater importance in the Spiritual. This is why the Sacrament of Marriage is NOT a civil union, but a Sacred union between man, woman AND God the Father!
Man and woman become One and anyone who has taken their marriage vows seriously and have weathered the storms that life and the world throw at them, know this to be true! They become One not just in physicality but in mental and emotional AND most definitely in spiritual ways when the Lord is their number ONE!
hink of it, if you experience this right now in the natural, can you even begin to imagine what it will be like with Jesus Christ as our Bridegroom in the Spiritually Eternal? We WILL be ONE with Him because that is whom He is looking for and whom the Father is preparing for Him! This is why anything but what He created is a sin and abomination to Him. It goes so much deeper than just following some commandments and trying to live right as you can see by what I have laid out. Eternity is infinite; without an end. We can’t imagine that, but it is no wonder the Father is truly seeking those who will worship Him in Spirit and in Truth! (John 4:24).
I truly hope and pray this blesses you as much as it does me. What an awesome and amazing future we have in store with our Savior, our Redeemer, our Bridegroom, our Lord of Lords and our King of all Kings! Amen and AMEN!