Bride of Christ
Gentile Brides in the Old Testament have no Death Recorded
A peculiar and beautiful image of the Church is subtly portrayed in the observation that none of the Gentile Brides of the old Testament have their death recorded. In both the Old and New Testament the symbolism of the Marriage is used to compare Believers as those waiting on the Lord and the promises. The Jewish custom was the groom would go away to prepare a place at his parents home to receive his bride. The bride did not know when the groom would come to get her so she kept herself ready for his arrival. The New Testament Church is often compared to as a bride who will be taken by the groom to live in eternity with the Lord.
|John 14:3||"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."|
The Bible is full of types, models and symbols that point to the figure of the Savior of Jesus Christ and also to the place, instruments and holiness things in Heaven. For example the Arc of the Covenant was modeled after the original that is in Heaven, Revelation 11:19 "Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the Ark of His Covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm".
The Bride of Christ is used today reflecting the Believers on Earth, the true Church which accepted the payment on the Cross given to all freely. We did not earn it or pay for it in any way, shape or form. While this is not something to argue deeply on but there is actually no reference in the Bible that directly points to Bride Of Christ as being the Believers, only analogies for teaching us. There is the beautiful symbolism pointing to the Believers as part of the Body of Christ. Rhetorically, can Believers be both the Body and the Bride?
|Ephesians 35:31-33||"31 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. 32 This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband."|
|John 3:28-30||"28 You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.' 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less." (Symbolism of the bride belonging to Jesus Christ. John the Baptist closes out the Old Testament in a sense and he is saved. Rhetorically, is he part of the Body of Christ?)|
|Mathew 25:1-12||"1 Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them ... "|
The references that point to the Bride of Christ is found in Revelation:
|Revelation 19:6-9||"6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. 7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready. 8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) 9 Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”"|
|Revelation 21:9-10||"9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God."|
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, who are presented a spotless of sin to the Father because of the Sacrifice on the Cross by Jesus Christ. Since the Believers will be in Heaven for eternity there is no end or symbolically no death.
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