ECCLESIA | WEEK 2
MAY 15, 2022
Betrothal was as binding as the marriage
Now the birth of Jesus Christ came about as follows. After His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.
The bride groom is Jesus
He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So, this joy of mine has been made full.
The bride is the Church
…as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.
19 God promises His people, “I will make you my wife forever, showing you righteousness and justice, unfailing love and compassion. 20 I will be faithful to you and make you mine, and you will finally know me as Lord.”
AS THE BRIDE OF CHRIST…
Live a life of adoration
21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. For I promised you as a pure bride to one husband, Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:2
Live a life of preparation
Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself.
Live a life of anticipation
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.”
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 19: 6-9
*Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people
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