Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Body of Christ - Not The Bride -Understand

The Bride of Christ or the Lamb’s Wife

I will attempt to prove that the bride of Christ is not the body of Christ. In fact, the bride of Christ is not even a biblical term. The Bible Knowledge Commentary says in comments on Mat 25:41, “With all wickedness removed in the various judgments at the Second Advent, the kingdom will begin on earth with only saved individuals in physical bodies constituting the earthly kingdom as the King’s subjects. Glorified saints from Old Testament times and the church, the bride of Christ, will also be present to share in the reign of the King of kings.” Then, in commenting on 2nd John, they wrote, “The personification of nations and cities as female personages is common in the Bible (cf. “the daughter of Zion”), and the Christian church is often referred to as ‘the bride of Christ’ (cf. Eph. 5:22-33; 2 Cor. 11:2; Rev. 19:7).”

Let’s read Rev 19:5-9: “Then a voice came from the throne, saying, ‘Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!’ 6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, ‘Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.’ 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he said to me, ‘Write: “Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”’” Notice, it’s the Lamb’s wife, not the bride of Christ. The Lamb’s wife is associated with Israel as we can see in Rev 21:2 “Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

It becomes very apparent that the Lamb’s wife is closely related to Israel in Rev 21:9-27 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. 12 Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 13 three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. 14 Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. 16 The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal. 17 Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel. 18 The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. 22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). 26 And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. 27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

To see how closely the “the great city, the holy Jerusalem” is linked with Israel, we must read Mat 19:28 “So Jesus said to them, ‘Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.’” and Luke 22:28-30 “But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials. 29 And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, 30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

Some have attempted to use Rom 7:4-6 to show the body of Christ is the bride of Christ, Rom 7:4-6 “Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another; to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. 5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. 6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.”, but the word married is the Greek word [genesqai to become] to another.

Another passage is 2 Co 11:2: “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” Here, Paul a member of the body of Christ betroths them to one husband. Yet Paul was a member of the body. That doesn’t make sense.

Another passage that is used uses marriage as illustration, but that doesn’t make the church the bride of Christ. Eph 5:25-32, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 31 ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”

The bride the Lamb’s wife is very closely tied to Israel. We don’t need to steal any blessings from Israel. We are already His body.


Brother Mark said...

There is a common belief popular today among the Christian masses that there is something called “The Bride of Christ.” This Bride is thought to be what is also called “The Church.” It is commonly stated that “we are the Bride of Christ,” and that some day we will all be the honored Bride at a “wedding feast,” when we will be married to Christ. But is this idea really Biblical? The fact is that the phrase “the Bride of Christ” never appears in the Scriptures. It is a phrase that is common in some people’s doctrinal vocabulary, but it finds no basis in the Word of God. This fact surprises many who hold to this belief when I point it out to them. They have always just “assumed” that it must be so. “The Bible says the Church is the Bride of Christ,” I have heard many say. But this statement is just simply never made in the Bible. So then the question becomes, “Is there enough evidence in the Bible in order to prove that there is a Bride of Christ, even if it is not stated in so many words? And if so, who or what exactly is this Bride?” This is the question I seek to answer through this study.

Wolf said...

Wolf said...

I agree..