“I hope you will put up with a little of my foolishness; but you are already doing that. I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” (2nd Corinthians 11:1-3)
As the bride of Christ, the church must serve Him with sincere and pure devotion. Symbolizing the church as the bride of Christ is found in Paul’s writings as well as in Revelations 21:2, 9, where the New Jerusalem represents the body of believers in Christ Jesus.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, today we lift up ourselves as the true bride of Christ. The church was established for all of Your people to come together to worship and study the Word of God for understanding, and to train fellow Christians in the work that You have called each one of us to do. This we ask in Jesus’ name, our Lord and Savior. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Too many people clamor for the freedom to do what should not be done.”
“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. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to learn (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.). Then the angel said to me, ‘Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ And he added, ‘These are the true words of God.” (Revelation 19:7-9)
Here the marital relationship is sharply focused to describe the church. The bride makes herself ready for the coming of the Lamb (Christ) for the marriage. The church prepares for the wedding by witnessing, by right living, and by those actions which please the Lamb. The church must remain morally pure as it waits for the bridegroom’s appearance.
“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” (Revelation 22:17)
The church lives in expectancy. Jesus is coming soon; the Spirit joins the church (the bride) in praying to Jesus to come. It is a remarkable form of the Spirit’s constantly reminding the church of Jesus that He prays and helps the church to pray for the return of the Lord.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God.” (Galatians 6:16)
The church is the true Israel. All people come to God by faith, both the Jew and the Gentile. Paul used Israel as an image for the church. All Israel will be saved; however, this Israel is not the Israel of the flesh but those who received the promise by faith.