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Bride becoming

April 29th, 2011 Categories: enjoying..., singing... 1 comment

I enjoyed our little home meeting this evening. M cooked a yummy dinner, A and D were chasing one another around the table, H made cookies, P pulled out the ice cream, and F was visiting from San Diego. We sung some songs, not entirely inspired by the royal wedding, but nevertheless today’s big event was a picture of Jesus, our dear Bridegroom, coming soon for His Bride, His longed for counterpart. And what a story that is!

E shared a little about the Bride last night in the college meeting, which was on “Reading the Bible”. We can see two main functions of the Bible in three portions of the Scripture. Genesis 1:26 says, “And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion…” showing that God’s desire is that man would express Him and represent Him. Then in Revelation 19:7 and 14 we see the consummation: the wife who has made herself ready, and the army to fight with Christ.

How do we get here? It is through Ephesians 5:26-27: the cleansing by the washing of the water in the word, making us holy and without blemish; and through Ephesians 6:17: receiving the sword of the Spirit, which Spirit is the word of God, slaying the enemy in us.

So coming back to the matter of the Bride, the verses in Ephesians 5:26-27 show the effectiveness of the word of God in removing all spots and wrinkles. Spots signify something of the natural life, and wrinkles signify something of oldness. How many scars do we have from our natural life? How old are we in our Christian life? It really is true that some of the oldest people I know according to their physical age, are also the youngest people I know according to their spirit. But just as a bride would prepare carefully for her wedding day (hairdressing rehearsals, makeovers, exercise to lose weight, spa treatments… nevermind on the day itself!), so Christ’s Bride must also be prepared, and that is all He is waiting for.

So tonight, I enjoyed that I am in the best place for that preparation.

1. O home in the church,
Where we’ve ended our search
With the brothers rejoicing all day;
Where Christ is our life,
And we’re through with all strife,
Now we’re home, hallelujah, to stay!

Home, home in the church;
Yes, it’s here that we’ve ended our search;
And through all our days
We will shout to His praise,
“Hallelujah for Christ and the church!”

2. Here God is at rest,
Of His treasures the best—
How His heart is rejoicing all day!
His home is our heart,
Ne’er for Satan a part,
Here His glory He’ll fully display.

God’s home is the church;
Yes, it’s here that He ended His search;
And through all our days
We will shout to His praise,
“Hallelujah for Christ and the church!”

  1. mavis
    April 30th, 2011 at 13:39 | #1

    ptl, His live-imparting Word will remove all our spots & wrinkles to enable us to be His beautiful bride. we give ourselves to be beautified so we can reflect You, glorify You. work on me, olj. come, LJ.

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