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Author: Martha Kilpatrick
A grave deception lies dormant like a sleeping sickness in the theology of the
church . . . an error with eternal consequences and unutterable loss. The error is this: that all believers, all born again Christians will be at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Christ's own words refute this. The Bride of Christ must meet specific requirements. His parables make such clear illustration of this, it is a marvel there can be such a serious mistaking of His teaching. Salvation is ever free. A gift. Unmerited and unearned by any effort or will. There is no work to be born again, only that of the work of Christ . . . but the Bride, that is another matter.
Bride of the Cross
Author: Martha Kilpatrick 2 May 2002
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Ephesians 5:26, 27 NAS
. . . so that He might sanctify her,
having cleansed her by the washing
of water with the word,
that He might present to Himself the church
in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle
or any such thing' but that she would be
holy and blameless.
The Bride of Christ must be a Bride of the Cross
There is no other path to the Wedding Feast.
This Bride must be pure and the Cross is
where she is stripped . . . to be robed.
Spiritual growth is through the cross, and
only through - not around - the cross.
Through death to self, not effort
Through death to self, not achievement.
Through death, not survival . . . .
There is no fruit that is not born out of death.
You will only come to the Wedding Feast
through the grave of
and . . . your self-sufficiency.
No pain-free Christianity was ever promised
but an assurance of suffering for Christ, with Christ.
In that suffering fire the old man is burned out
and put in his begraved place so that
the new being,
the new creation emerges in Christlikeness
by the replacement of His very nature over mine.
The "new man" is imprisoned by the old.
And though that old man perished at the cross
we still use him and live by him.
The cross liberates the new man from the
inner tyranny of the old.
Whoever does not carry his own cross and
come after Me cannot be My disciple.
The cross is the prerequisite for discipleship,
and the Bride is the ultimate disciple,
those who follow of the Lamb wherever He goes.(Rev. 14:4)
And the Lamb goes inexorably where the Cross is.
The eternal principle is the cross.
The cross is the pivot of all history,
the change of the world's destiny,
the solution of the entire dilemma of man.
The cross is imaged in nature,
in the seasons of death and resurrection.
All of life now must bow to the process of the cross.
Only what has died lives.
Anything that has not died, is dead.
How will the bride of Christ be made
pure without spot or wrinkle?
through the washing of the Word,
that insists on the cross and
calls her to join her Bridegroom there.
For the Bride the cross is a constant experience.
A living way, a daily event, not a theology.
The washing of the Word touches
all her wounds and is
and her purification.
The cross is her intimate communion with
her Bloody Bridegroom.
An individual God ordained cross,
created to touch the dark places in each of us.
Molded to your particular identity for
your individual destiny
Your personal cross will demand
all that you love including your very own existence.
A cross that claims the eternal right to your all
for the One who gave his All for your rebirth
out of the grave of the world in which we all lay,
hopeless and dead without Him.
The Bride is - must be -
a Bride of the Cross . . . .
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Copyright © 2002 Martha Kilpatrick
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