THE BRIDE OF CHRIST

Wherefore, my  brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be MARRIED to another, [even] to him who is raised from the dead (JESUS!), that we should bring forth fruit unto God. Romans 7,4

If I am the bride of Christ, what does that mean in terms of my focus and approach to him and to living?

What do you think is the role of the wife? Do you see both people as the same? (This would be the modern view of husband and wife roles.)

You could start with Proverbs 31, the picture of a virtuous wife. She certainly is hardworking, co-ordinating the household activities and buying and developing property. Her goal seems to be to allow her husband to participate in the running of the town.

There is a difficult passage in First Corinthians 11 where wives are to cover their heads in church and husbands are not. It seems to suggest that the wife is to bring glory to her husband and he to bring glory to God. This is enhanced by her covering her head. Unlike most of the animal kingdom, the human female is definitely adorned with greater beauty, so I suppose she has to cover her head or no one would listen to or relate to the husband.

It is interesting that when I was a child I used to attend churches in which the women still kept this biblical commandment. Even then, I observed a bad attitude and lack of comprehension about the model it portrayed. Now, my wife must be one of three women left in the country who understands and chooses to follow this passage. Thanks, Lois, for doing me and God’s word this honor.

I think this passage urges me to cover my own “glory” and point all those I meet to my glorious husband, Jesus, the anointed one. I long for you who read these words to be filled with admiration and wonder at the wisdom and practicality of the mind of Jesus.

As his bride I have learned, slowly and painfully, to rise each morning crying out to him, “Thank You! Oh thank you for this day. Now, I can not face it alone; please give me of your strength.”  Don’t you just love his powerful arms? They are so gentle to me and so strong to protect and provide for me.

Psalms 89;13   Thou hast a mighty arm, strong is thy hand, [and] high is thy right hand.)

Guide me in the way I should go. Let the life I now live in the flesh be you living out your mission your goals and bringing yourself pleasure in each encounter and opportunity today. Not my will but thine be done!

It is not enough to be a bride such as so many that I see, all burned out, doing the routines of marriage while their countanace screams, “It is a real burden to be married to this husband.”

I Samuel  1;8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? [am] not I better to thee than ten sons?

I have been married to Christ these 58 years and he is sweeter as the days go by. I constantly ask him to help me stay on track and return to my first love. The people of the church at Ephesus were good workers, labourers, patient, hated evil, tested others for right and wrong, labored, were patient (yes the bible repeats these) and did not faint BUT, BUT  Revelation 2,4 “Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.”

Do you want to be a wife pleasing to your heavenly husband? To allow him to wash you, cleanse you and present you to himself a bride without spot or wrinkle or blemish? Then daily let him wash you with the water of the word. Ephesians 5;26-27 Let it do its promised work by meditating and asking

WHAT DOES IT SAY?

HOW SHOULD I THEN LIVE?

HOW DO I MESS THIS UP? (reproof)

HOW DOES THIS CORRECT THE MESS?

HOW DOES THIS HELP ME BE A BETTER WIFE?

2 TIMMOTHY 3 ;16 All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and  [is] profitable fo doctrine, for reproof, for  correction, for instruction in  righteousness:

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3 thoughts on “THE BRIDE OF CHRIST

  1. Wow! All those number references to the words of Scripture passages! Very interesting. At first I wondered what they were, but then I clicked on one! Very cool!

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