Article 25 of 27 in the Series...
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.
Author: Martha Kilpatrick 3 November 2002
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This is a great mystery, but I speak
concerning Christ and the church.
Ephesians 5:32 NKJ
Of all titles, "Bridegroom" is the choice
of the One who dreamed marriage.
Though He is King He wants no
throne towering over us.
Though He is God He desires no
Even as Savior, He requires no slavehood.
His longing is to be a Bridegroom to
Jesus' Love rises above all His power and
position. His Love propels Him beyond
friendship with us.
His desire is deeper than for companionship.
His plan is a fabulous joining
of which marriage is a minuscule picture.
A high and holy melding,
by actual indwelling.
Christ seeks a union of permanent oneness
through His presence within,
issuing in constant unceasing bliss.
Astounding mystery, that One
so exalted - so divine - would stoop so low,
reform a harlot humanity and
by His dripping blood and ragged flesh,
liberate her as His choice for Bride.
Not prisoner. Not slave. Not worker.
We grovel in these three notions . . . but we are
called a Bride,
Encompassing human need for both
Lover and Protector -
Jesus is Bridegroom
to His Church.
Our Savior is our Bridegroom!
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