Most of us are familiar that the church is not a building but the body of Christ. Lately this thought kept coming to my mind - the church is the bride of Christ and you are the bride of Christ.
For a man like me to think of being a bride is quite a quantum leap for my imagination. Could it be the reason that women tend to be more responsive to the things of God than men because women can understand better what a bride and romance is!
Jesus relationship with us, the church, is a love romance between husbands and wives :
Ephesians 5 (NIV)
22Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansing[b] her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— 30for we are members of his body. 31"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."[c] 32This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Now, I am slowly beginning to understand why the Songs of Solomon has its fitting place in the bible : it is a love relationship book! Imagine Jesus courting us in the Song of Solomon 2:4
He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love.
Wow, that is wonderful! :))
What does it mean to be the bride of Christ? In biblical times, a bride price has to be paid before betrothal; we have as the church, Jesus paying the high price for us through His shedding of the blood.
Once the bride price is paid, there is a bethrothal ceremony. We are bethrothed to Him when we agree to take Him as our lover by allowing Him into our life (born again).
After betrothal, there is a separation period between the bride and the bridegroom when the bridegroom goes away to prepare a room in his father’s house for the bride. This separation period is akin to us the church waiting anxiously for Jesus’ second coming for us. Jesus has many mansions in heaven.
The bride meanwhile remains faithful to the bridegroom during this separation time. We as the bride of Christ can remain faithful in Him when we constantly remember the bride price He paid for us through His death and finished work for us; we do not want to defile ourselves by committing spiritual adultery by rejecting what He has already done for us for someone else called Mr Law (who comes from the old covenant and whom we have already decided to abandon for Jesus).
When Jesus comes for the bride, He will bring us to heaven for the wedding banquet and we will be with the Bridegroom for all eternity. Rejoice, that is good news.
So, as we wait for His second coming for us, we meanwhile continue to be faithfully committed to Him by remembering the bride price He paid for us to be in this love romance. Rejoice.