“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” –
LIGHT FOR NOW: The Church of Christ is the Church of Christ because the Church is in Christ.
It is clear from our previous study that when John spoke about the new heaven and the new earth, the holy city and new Jerusalem, he was speaking in reference to the church; the new creation. Hence, he was not speaking of a geographical entity but he was talking of a spiritual reality. Now let’s observe the word bride as used in verse 2 of our opening text.
That word, ‘bride’ implies one who is joined in marriage to another and could be used either literally or figuratively. In the same book, John used this word (bride) in Revelation 18:23; 21:2, 21:9, 22:17. In John 3:29, this same word, ‘bride’ was used. It reads ‘He that hath the bride in the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled’. Now back to our opening text, the question that comes to the fore is who is this bride? In answering this question, Paul’s word in Ephesians 5 will give us a lead. It reads, “Wives submit yourselves unto your husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be unto their own husbands in everything. Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish…For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
This is a great mystery but I speak concerning Christ and the church”.
In essence, the phrases, ‘the bride’, ‘a bride adorned for her husband’ were a figurative communication of the church being united with Christ. It is to figuratively speak of Christ’s union with His church, and this happened upon His resurrection from the dead. In other words, it is not a futuristic reality. It is not about to happen neither will it happen in the future, rather it is a present day reality of our eternal union with the father in Christ. Thus upon the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, it could be safely deduced that the church was married to Christ in that resurrection. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: never think that you can be separated from the Father. You are in an eternal union with Him.
Prayer: Lord, I am eternally grateful for this union I have with you. Thank you for coming down to us to unite us with you, in Jesus Name!
QUOTE: In the resurrection of Jesus from the dead is where we find the amalgamation of the new creation with God.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 19