The Bride Of Christ

Posted on Monday, August 13, 2007 | By Kaye | In

I know I often mention the term " Bride " or " bride of Christ " in my postings and forgive me if I don't further elaborate on what it is because it is very in depth but because Kip asked me (hi! Kip ^_^ ) about it, now I have the opportunity to explain it to you blog- blog reader:

The Bible often talks about Jesus Christ and that He's coming back in the end days and rapture the Bride. One perfect example in the Bible would be the parable of the ten Virgins ( read: John 3: 15- 16 )- they were all waiting for the arrival of the Bridegroom but five of those ten, slept and when the Bridegroom came, they missed him, they were the foolish virgins. The wise Virgins though kept vigil and took with them, their lamps trimmed and full of oil to meet him- he found them waiting and ready for him. The foolish virgins were without oil, untrimmed lamps and unprepared for His coming. And so, they were left behind.


The ten Virgins represents two kinds of believers: the Bride ( genuine christians )- who are the wise virgins, full of the Holy ghost ( oil ), lining up with the Word ( trimmed lamps ) so when the rapture ( the arrival of the Bridegroom ) takes place, they will be found ready, spotless and pure. ( read: whole chapter of Ephesians 5 ) " That he mightpresent it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." Eph.5: 27 On the other hand, there are those who will be left behind ( the five foolish virgins ) because although they too are followers of Jesus Christ they do not have 'the oil' of the Holy Ghost, they haven't fully obeyed Him or believed Him, though they are sincere- these are those who will have to go through the Great tribulation...( now, that's another subject )

Genuine believers, holy ghost filled christians are collectively called- the Bride Of Christ. They are the ones who refuse to compromise with the world and worldly things, they are the ones who decided to live a life of obedience to God, His word and his message for our day. Not to be confused as one particular church, as some lay claim to- but a body of Christ, composed of Holy Ghost filled individuals who genuinely serve the Lord, people who have accepted Him as Lord and Saviour since the days of the church of Acts up to the present.
Typologies from the Old Testament concerning God's relationship to His chosen bride are: Ruth the moabite and Boaz, Queen Esther and King Ahasuerus, Isaac and Rebekah, God Himself unto the nation Israel.

Marriage is designed by God and that is considered holy because it symbolizes His desire for a Bride, His union with his Bride- those who love him and in the end of days or end times, a rapture would take place. I believe that. And I believe I would be part of it.
I could go on and on really but I'll end here. I hope it helped. Here are some links to browse over concerning this subject:

http://www.nathan.co.za/message.asp?sermonum=1096

http://www.gotquestions.org/bride-of-Christ.html

http://www.nathan.co.za/message.asp?sermonum=1120

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