The Warrior Bride
Hello Fellow Crazy Lovers of Jesus!
I had a fresh enjoyment of the Lord regarding the church as both His bride and His army who comes with Him to deal with Antichrist at the close of the church age. In Ephesians 5, we see that the in order to give the believers a clear view concerning how a husband should love his wife, the apostle Paul speaks of Christ’s love for the His bride, the church!
‘Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her…That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish (v. 25, 27)
This indicates that our love towards the Lord should not be religious, but it should be personal and affectionate! It is a marvelous thing to both realize that He is the Bridegroom (John 3:29) and to then call the Lord your bridegroom since He has been calling the believers His wife/bride since the Old Testament (Isiah 54:5). In any case, I appreciated seeing that the Lord’s love for us surpasses the relationship of Creator and creation, and even Father and sons, to bride and Bridegroom. In fact, in the last book of the Bible, Revelation, we see this same idea:
“Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.” (19: 7-8)
As a believer, you may have already seen this aspect of the church, but have you also seen her in the light of being His army? Consider this verse in Revelation 19 in light of Revelation 17:14:
“And the armies which are in heaven followed Him on white horses, dressed in fine linen, white and clean.” (19:14)
This army comprises the very believers as the overcomers (Revelation 2 and 3) who have just married the Lamb and are now spending their “honeymoon” with the Bridegroom to deal with Antichrist on the earth! How amazing that lovers have now become the fighters! Thus, today, if we want to be those who fight for the Lord, we must first be those who love Him to the uttermost and give Him the first place in our hearts, in all matters!
Grace be with you from Christians on Campus at UC Berkeley 😀
Posted on October 8, 2012, in Daily Enjoyments and tagged Berkeley, Christ, Christians, Christians on Campus, Church, Crazy Lover, Husband, Jesus, Justin Starks, Morning Revival, Quiet Time, Revelation, UC Berkeley, wife. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.