What you need to know about the bride of Christ
What or who is the bride of Christ? What qualifications does it take to be included in the bride of Christ? What does the Bible tell us about being in the bride of Christ?
In your reading of God’s Word, have you ever asked yourself about the bride of Christ? Most of Christianity will tell us that the church is the bride of Christ based on Ephesians 5:25 where it talks about how Jesus loves the church and it is compared to a marriage relationship. What the Bible really tells us is that the bride is made up of 144,000 over-comers, (people who have conquered their sinful nature).
The first thing we need to establish is that being a part of the bride requires us to over-come our sinful nature and then we can expand on the bride from there. Let’s look at Revelations 21 to establish that the Holy city, new Jerusalem is another term for the bride of Christ and then we will tie it into Revelations 2 and 3 to show that we must over-come to qualify for the bride.
Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. KJV
Rev 21:9-10 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 shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, KJV
Now to show that when we overcome God will write the name of his city on us or we become a part of the bride.
Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. KJV
Based upon the above connection we then can use Revelations 2 and 3 to establish other parts to the idea of the bride. For instance to establish that there are a 144,000 in the bride we can use the following verses tying it into Rev 3:12 where he writes his name in us and,
Rev 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. KJV
Now to show that the bride comes out of the church lets us the following scriptures.
Rev 2:26-27 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. KJV
Rev 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. KJV
Remember that in Revelations 2 and 3 the spirit is talking to the church and is saying to him that overcometh will he grant things, so there is a qualification associated with getting the things of the spirit.
The woman in Revelation 12 would then be a picture of the church and she brought forth the man-child or the over-comer that was to rule the nations. This is how we use the bible to explain the different concepts about the bride. In my book “Song of Solomon Revealed” I discuss some different aspects of the Bride of Christ. God uses this analogy of a bride to show us the special relationship that Jesus will have with his bride. There is a lot more we can say about the bride of Christ but there is not enough time for it. I am currently working on a book about the Bride of Christ.
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Norquist, Ron, and Randy Alcorn. 2010. “Why Do You Say the Bride of Christ Is the Church?” Eternal Perspective Ministries, February 1. Accessed January 23, 2018. http://www.epm.org/resources/2010/Feb/1/why-do-you-say-bride-christ-church/.
Cook, Gordon. 2014. “The Church as the Bride of Christ.” Biblical Expositions, March 5. Accessed January 24, 2018. https://heraldofgrace.org/biblicalexpositions/the-church-as-the-bride-of-christ/.