Friday, March 16, 2012

Regarding: The Bride of Christ

I came across this writing and thought it good to share:

The Bride of Christ

7 Things that Bother Me About the "Bride of Christ" Teaching:

1. Revelation 21:9-10 clearly states that the "the bride, the Lamb's wife" is the Holy Jerusalem.
2. If the Church were "the bride, the Lamb's wife" then that angel would have shown him "the Church", not the Holy Jerusalem. - Rev. 21:9-10
3. Jesus did not teach that his body is also his bride. Paul didn't teach it either.
4. If the church is "the bride of Christ" then the Christian has to do something to get "herself ready". Rev 19:7 says, "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready." This requires "works" to be done by the Christian to get ready. The word says that we are already made righteous, and are already sanctified. So then, the church, in God's eyes, is already ready. Rev 19:7 can't be refering to the church. It has to be something else.
5. Christians are repeatedly called "sons of God", "the body of Christ" and "the church" throughout the New Testament but are never called "the bride of Christ".
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