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Is The Church The Bride Of Christ

Are there Scriptures that specifically call the CHURCH the "bride of Christ?"

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Thanks,Trav-Michael-Kathr
I'm still clay for molding-love your posts.
Eph3:14-15
for this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named...
Gal 6:15
And as many as walk according to this rule,peace[be]on them,and mercy,and upon the Israel of God.
1Cor10:32
Give none offence,neither to the Jews,nor to the Gentiles,nor to the church of God:
Eph4:4-
[There is]one body,and one Spirit,even as ye are called in one hope of your calling,One Lord,one faith,one baptism,One God and Father of all,Who[is]above all,and through all,and in you all.
vs16...For Whom the whole body fitly joined together...in love.
vs.24..put on the new man...

Shalom
---char on 4/10/10


John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
--No man..Jew(Israel) or Gentile(others).
Ephesians 5:23-25 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.
---MIchael on 4/9/10


Revelation 21:9 & 10 I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife..(and HE )shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

Revelation 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
---francis on 4/9/10

Ten virgins....
Twelve gates with the twelve apostles...judging who...twelve tribes of Israel.

Former wife....latter wife.
---Trav on 4/9/10


There are some unusual text on this New
Jerusalem. Most of them in and out of context would lead us to believe that the New Jerusalem is the bride of Christ.

Here are a few:

Galatians 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Revelation 21:9 & 10 I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife..(and HE )shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

Revelation 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
---francis on 4/9/10


he says he will show THE BRIDE the lamb's wife, and he shows John the city. No people in the city just the city.
---francis on 4/9/10

The only thing I can explain here frances is Jesus didn't become the lamb of God to die and rise again for the forgiveness of OUR sin to be married to a city without people. All that trouble for a city without people.

City's weren't redeemed or bought by Jesus Blood..I WAS!!! And I assure you I am not a city!
---kathr4453 on 4/9/10




The New Jerusalem is the Holy City of the Saints which the Lord YAHUSHUA (JESUS) referred to in John 14:1-3. The "Mansions" of the Saints. We have the Old city of Jerusalem, which is the current city in Israel. And, we will have the New Jerusalem when it descends down from Heaven onto the New Earth, that is, sometime after the One-Thousand-Year Reign of YAHUSHUA on Earth.
---Gordon on 4/9/10


2 Corinthians 11:2
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

Revelation 19:8-10

8And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

9And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

10And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
---kathr4453 on 4/9/10


kathr4453 on 4/9/10

How do you explain these verses:

Revelation 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.

Revelation 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

he says he will show THE BRIDE the lamb's wife, and he shows John the city. No people in the city just the city.
---francis on 4/9/10


The New Jerusalem is not the church, but it takes on the church's characteristics.

In his vision of the end of the age, the Apostle John sees the city coming down from heaven adorned as a bride, meaning that the inhabitants of the city, the redeemed of the Lord, will be holy and pure, wearing white garments of holiness and righteousness.

Some misinterpret verse 9 to mean the holy city IS the bride of Christ, but that cannot be because Christ died for His people, not for a city. The city is called the bride because it encompasses all who are the bride, just as all the students of a school are sometimes called "the school".
---kathr4453 on 4/9/10


The church is not the bride of christ, this is a folly as Paul says.

But the relationship between the church and christ should be like that of bride and bridegroom.

Christ is always faithful, and so as a bride should be faithful to her husband, so too should the church be faithful to christ.
---francis on 4/9/10




The church has been joined to Israel.

Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs, heirs f God, and joint-heirs with Christ, .....
---Samuel on 4/7/10

If checked by what the prophets prophesied and wrote historically, it can be seen that divorced Israel is the eklesia...called out ones. Or one maybe calling Jesus a liar...without understanding they are doing so. A foundational starting point is: Matthew 15:24
But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
(This links to your scripture above, children...Heir...joint heirs). Another stone: Heb 8:8....(list both Sticks of Eze) (Divorced house of Israel and Judah). Now both are free from original marriage by the death, in widowhood.
---Trav on 4/9/10


Trav-Michael,respectably-
I still see the church as the Body-Christ-being the Head and makes the-New Man-groom-for his bride to be.

The Husband/groom is Christ with His body who is[church].In a marriage Husband and Wife-become-one.Israel[lost sheep?]is redeemed by their kinsman redeemer-Christ.
Col 1:18
And[he]is the Head of the body,the church:...
vs24Christ in my flesh for His body's sake whic is the church:
Eph1:22And hath put all things under His feet and gave Him [to be]the Head over all [things]to the church,which is His body,the fulness of Him That filleth all in all.
Eph5:23-33
..vs29For no man ever yet hated his own flesh,but nourished... as the Lord the church...
1Cor11:3

-am I still missing it?-
---char on 4/9/10


Are there Scriptures that specifically call the CHURCH the "bride of Christ?"
No
---michael_e on 4/8/10


Yes
Eph 5:25-29,31,32 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it, That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh, but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: ... For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
---MIchael on 4/8/10


simplest answer is No
---michael_e on 4/8/10


The Church is the called out ones or the Ecclesia. Eccleisatical is a term used for church hieracrchy.

Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

The church has been joined to Israel.

Rom 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:


Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ, if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together.
---Samuel on 4/7/10


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These are two passages that point to the church being the Bride of CHRIST.

Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down...
The parable of the Ten Virgins also points to the church being the bride.
---Samuel on 4/5/10

There is clarity when one realizes that these 10 are the previously 10 divorced nations of Israel. Widowed, they are now free again to re-marry. See Romans 7:3. Instead of "church", try "eklesia" in place of. It reflects the true intent of the passage...meaning "called out ones". See who the call is to be free in foundational truth.
Ez37:22 ... they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.
---Trav on 4/6/10


Maybe I am wrong, but I think people overlook the fact that Israel must profess Christ before entering into Heaven, which will happen to a remnant of 144,000 in the end of times.
---MIchael on 4/3/10

Michael...consider that we've never been told and look it up.
Judah is one twelth of Israel. Nth House, Lost Sheep have/are/will accept Christ. The largest group of people ever lost in the history of the world and never found......except by GOD.
Amos 9:9
For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.

The verse does not say...sift the house of Judah.
---Trav on 4/6/10


These are two passages that point to the church being the Bride of CHRIST.

Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:9 ... Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.

Ephesians 5:23,24,25 compares the relationship of the church and a wife.

The parable of the Ten Virgins also points to the church being the bride.
---Samuel on 4/5/10


This is what I see.
The church is the Body of Christ.
Christ is the Head-the church is His body...When the [two sticks] join together-they become the bride-forgiven and remitted-soon to be the Wife.
In a marriage a Husband and Wife become as one.
Israel restored-forgiven.
Jn17:20-26(all)
That they all may be one,as[thou]Father,[art]in Me,and [I]in Thee,that [they]also may be one in US...---char on 4/2/10

Perhaps one sheep sees out of 99...
Matthew 15:24
But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Luke 15:4
What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one...
---Trav on 4/5/10


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This "Bride of CHRIST" is only a segment within the Church, and NOT the whole Church herself. For, as the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) indicate, not ALL will be ready when the Bridegroom comes to take up His Bride. The Bridegroom cometh for a Bride WITHOUT SPOT OR WRINKLE. This is not "imputed Righteousness", as some teach. It is Righteousness wrought by Love, Obedience, and Good Works by the Power of the HOLY SPIRIT through humble and willing Vessels. Not an easy feat, especially in these Last Days of COMPROMISE and WORLDLINESS that has pervaded the modern Church. Therefore only a Remnant, a smaller amount of Believers will make up the Bride of CHRIST YAHUSHUA (JESUS).
---Gordon on 4/3/10


Maybe I am wrong, but I think people overlook the fact that Israel must profess Christ before entering into Heaven, which will happen to a remnant of 144,000 in the end of times.
The only issue I see with Israel being the bride is any Hebrew that is now the body of Christ. We are all graffed together and the branch that was cut will be regraffed as one body. So there is neither Jew nor Gentile, but all one under the Head, just as the wife under her husband.
Rev 7,Rom 10:12, Gal 3:28, Col 3:11, Rom 11,
Eph 5:23
---MIchael on 4/3/10


In our timing-the final wedding has not happened-yet.
But-
In God's timing-[The King which made a marriage for his son]-it is finished.

This is why by faith we say-"Amen".
---char on 4/3/10


This is what I see.
The church is the Body of Christ.
Christ is the Head-the church is His body.
As one-they become the New Man-groom and soon to be-Husband.
When the [two sticks] join together-they become the bride-forgiven and remitted-soon to be the Wife.
In a marriage a Husband and Wife become as one.
Israel restored-forgiven.
Jn17:20-26(all)
That they all may be one,as[thou]Father,[art]in Me,and [I]in Thee,that [they]also may be one in US:....
that they may be one,even as [We]are one,
---char on 4/2/10


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The Twelve Gates....Twelve Apostles..juding the Twelve Nations of Israel ---Trav on 3/8/10
And that takes place when?
If this takes place in the future, then the church is not the bride, she WILL be, ( future) but is not.
---francis on 3/9/10

Bridegroom cometh... Use as a starting point...Heb 8:8/Jer 31:31. Note the two parts to the covenant? The divorced side nth house and the still married Judaic side. Christ death widows the complete house of 12.
If one uses these two rock solid platforms to look back and forward we can find supporting witnesses. By prophets,apostles and Christ himself.
10 Virgins, ten coins,ten servants etc. These parables describe the ten divorced of the Nth House.
---Trav on 3/10/10


Care is to be exercised in speaking of the relationship of Israel and the church with reference to marriage, so biblical norms are not violated. Israel is the unfaithful, yet to be reclaimed, wife of the Lord in the Old Testament, The church is the bride of Christ the Lamb in the New Testament..... [Revelation 21:2, 10-27].
---catherine on 3/9/10

You are right...care should be taken. Only his own Judah...did not accept him, which equals = 1/12th of ISRAEL...the southern nation.
The divorced side Nth Nations have/will/are accepting him. (Woman at the well for example).
Matthew 15:24
But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
---Trav on 3/10/10


Jerusalem - God's earthly Representation Kingdom. Jerusalem is representation of wife of God. Jer 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD, for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:

In New Testament Church is an earthly bride of Christ bec. She has to submit it. Ephesians 5:23. Wither Jerusalem or Church they are temporary.

The Eternal bride of Christ is every believer. they are called Heavenly Jerusalem, Elect, or Saved persons.
---rosalie on 3/9/10


---Mark_Eaton on 3/9/10

I saw read your post, it is speaking about two covenants we both agreeon that.

My question was: Why then does Paul call the New Jerusalem above the mother of us all?

I was not disputing the covenants, just asking why does he call the New jerusalem above the mother of us all.

And how does that fit with the New jerusalem as the bride of Christ as spoken of by revealation.
---francis on 3/9/10


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Francis:

I think you should read the section of Galatians 4 just before what you quoted. I think you will find it very enlightening.

Gal 4:24-26 "This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves, she is Hagar. Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, she is our mother"

Two covenants. One proceeding from Sinai bearing children enslaved by the Law.

But we who are free under the New covenant are children of the New Jerusalem from above.
---Mark_Eaton on 3/9/10


I wonder why paul refers to the New jerusalam as The Mother of us all.

IS it because he knows that the New jerusalem is the bride of Christ?

Galatians 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Revelation 21:9 Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.

Revelation 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
---francis on 3/9/10


Yes the bride of Christ, in Rev.21 v 9.
There will be some of God's First chosen people included that has received The 1 & Only salvation plan from The Lord, which Is According to Mark 16 v 16 - Acts 2 v's 37 - 41 which Fulfills Matt.28 v's 19 - 20 & Is the wedding garment.

This will leave out All the Man-made Matt.15 v 9, relig-org's churches out beginning with the rrc with her offspring churches & the others such as the god of the buddha, muslam, hindu etc, because they had not the wedding garment. Matt.22 v's 11-13.
---Lawrence on 3/9/10


Care is to be exercised in speaking of the relationship of Israel and the church with reference to marriage, so biblical norms are not violated. Israel is the unfaithful, yet to be reclaimed, wife of the Lord in the Old Testament, The church is the bride of Christ the Lamb in the New Testament.....As the husband in the home is head of wife, so Jesus is married to the church. He is also the head of the church [God's chosen people]....The New Jerusalem, An amazing city to be made and revealed by God. It is the future, eternal home of believers AFTER millennial reign on earth [Revelation 21:2, 10-27].
---catherine on 3/9/10


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If you will look just a little deeper you will see a completion composed of individuals. The Twelve Gates....Twelve Apostles..juding the Twelve Nations of Israel as they come through...the redeemed bride you seek.
---Trav on 3/8/10

And that takes place when?
If this takes place in the future, then the church is not the bride, she WILL be, ( future) but is not.
---francis on 3/9/10


There are some unique relations with the New jersalem, and christ.

Galatians 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Revelation 21:9.. Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.

Revelation 21:10 And he carried me away .. and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem.


Revelation 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof.


Strange, especially verse 22
---francis on 3/9/10


"Women love to imagine themselves as a "bride" of Christ. Is this idea as popular with men?"---Donna66 on 3/7/10
Not this man. I am perfectly satisfied being a member of His body and I am looking forward to the wedding.
As Children of God, The body of Christ, we will eventually 'marry' as in enter into her (Jerusalem) to be arranged upon and become one with her. "For [as] a young man marries a virgin, [So] shall your 'sons' (children) marry you, And [as] the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, [So] shall your God rejoice over you." Isa.62:5 Zion, as the location, and Jerusalem as the city, is documented in the first verse. It is from there that the LORD will rule the earth in the fullness of His glory.
---joseph on 3/9/10


But lets say that the church was the bride, when did this wedding take place?

Then why doe sthe bible refer to the New Jerusalem as the bride?

Revelation 21:9 Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
Revelation 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
---francis on 3/8/10

If you will look just a little deeper you will see a completion composed of individuals. The Twelve Gates....Twelve Apostles..juding the Twelve Nations of Israel as they come through...the redeemed bride you seek.
---Trav on 3/8/10


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Rom 7:3-4 So then if, while [her] husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to law by the body of Christ, that ye should be married to another,to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
---MIchael on 3/8/10

Exactly. In Plain sight...but, so hard to see.
"but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law,"
"Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ,"...

She is free (Israel..all of now). Wherefore MY Brethren...
---Trav on 3/8/10


Rom 7:3-4 So then if, while [her] husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ, that ye should be married to another, [even] to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
---MIchael on 3/8/10


Frances I would like to know where you get your comic ideas of what Scripture teaches or says.
1st event, Rev 21:9 John was invited to meet/see Jesus' bride.
2nd event, John is taken and shown the great city.
The city is not the Bride of Christ.
It is like I offer to introduce you to my wife and I walk you down to my house. My house is not my wife.
Your misconceptions of Scripture is alarming. You should get with Eloy while he writes his "new bible." You could write the commentary.
---Elder on 3/8/10


Then why doe sthe bible refer to the New Jerusalem as the bride?
---francis on 3/8/10

YOU make this reference.

The purpose of the New Jerusalem is discussed here:

Rev 21:3 "And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them"

God himself will live in this Jersusalem. God, Jesus and us, the Bride of Christ. This is the secret to who/what is the bride of Christ. It is that God and Jesus will live and reign in this new Earth and new Jerusalem.

Jesus is not going to be married to a city, buildings, and landscape.
---Mark_Eaton on 3/8/10


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That is exactly what folly means, it is that the statement is not true.
If it were true, it would not be a folly.

But lets say that the church was the bride, when did this wedding take place?

Then why doe sthe bible refer to the New Jerusalem as the bride?

Revelation 21:9 Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
Revelation 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
---francis on 3/8/10


Francis:

Why do you persist in reading the Scriptures incorrectly and making incorrect statements to justify your End Times scenario?

In 2 Cor 11, Paul says in today's language, "Please, bear with me a little bit on this" or "give me a little bit of room here". The word "folly" does not mean that its not true.

Paul was "boasting" about himself being the matchmaker between us and Jesus. He wanted a little bit of excuse so that he would make his point. Just read the last part of Chapter 10 and you will see he is talking about bosting in their success. It continues right through the early part of chapter 11.
---Mark_Eaton on 3/8/10


Are there Scriptures that specifically call the CHURCH the "bride of Christ?"

big FAT NO

2 Corinthians 11:1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in [my] FOLLY: and indeed bear with me.

2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ.

Notice that word in verse one (1) FOLLY: that word lets us know that what follows is not real, but an illustration.

Itis not literal, it is a " folly" a joking way of showing something.
---francis on 3/8/10


The imagery of the bride is used widly in the Bible as a description of the people of God by various biblical writers, but they appear to have a single purpose. The bridal imagery is used to indicate The Great Love that God has for His people. For these writers, no image could express better this love than the ideal love between a bridegroom and bride....John the Baptist, called Jesus the "bridegroom" [John 3:29]. Jesus referred to Himself as the "bridegroom" [Matt. 9:15]. Jesus bride, ofcourse, is the church-those who are spiritually united with Him by His Blood...Other scriptures>>Revelation 21:2, Eph. 5:25-33, Matt. 9:15, Matt. 25:1]
---catherine on 3/8/10


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"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause will a man leave his father and mother, and will be joined to his wife, and they two will be one flesh: this is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give glory to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife has made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white, for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints." Eph.5:25,30-32+ Rev.19:7,8.
---Eloy on 3/8/10


This is an interesting question. This idea of the church being the bride of Christ is widely mentioned and all manner of teaching springs from it. I can see the "bride" being used as a metaphor many places.
But this is the most direct reference I know of.

Rev 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. Rev 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.

Women love to imagine themselves as a "bride" of Christ. Is this idea as popular with men? mmm..
---Donna66 on 3/7/10


Are there Scriptures that specifically call the CHURCH the "bride of Christ?"----blog question

These scriptures by prophets make many denominationals mad...but regardless, they tell the story pre Christ. To those who look and listen.
Isaiah 62:4
Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken, neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.
Jeremiah 3:14
Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD, for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
Heb 8:8,Jer 31:31
---Trav on 3/8/10


"Are there Scriptures that specifically call the CHURCH the bride of Christ?" No.
The "Church", the Father's called and chosen, represents the body of Christ collectively, as members of His body individually. Eph.5:30>1Cr.12:27
The Children of God are also referred to as "friends" and viewed as "children" of the bridegroom and joint heirs with Him. John 15:15>Mat.9:15>Rom.8:17
Zion, as the geographical location of the city of Jerusalem is the Father's wife, mother of His children. Isa.62:1,4>Psa.87:5
The bride of Christ will be the New Jerusalem, as a city extending from that location 750 miles in every direction. A city to be arrayed with the righteousness of the saints. Rev.19:8>Isa.49:18
---joseph on 3/7/10


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The word of God tells me that Christ is my husband. If the bible say's it, it is so. But to live it daily as He manifest's himself in his love and care is so awesome.He keeps me and protect's me, supply's my needs,makes a way for me, talks to me , died for me,I could go on but I am limited.But I know I have a loving husband.
Scripture's:
Isiah 54:5
Jerimiah 31:32
2 Corithians 11:2
Ephsians 5:23-27
Revelations 19:7,8,9
---Mary on 12/8/07


Rev. 21:9
And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
Rev. 21:10
And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
---Fred_S. on 6/6/07


My belief of the Word is that the Bride of Christ is any Christian. Not a particular Church.
Per Revelations 19:7 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.
Revelations 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
---Roger on 11/9/06


I think the scripture that says many are called but few are chosen mean.s compared to the one's that are lost it will be a few because Jesus calls every one to follow him
---Betty on 9/11/06


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In Isaiah 54 it states that our Maker is our Husband, the Lord of hosts is His name. This scripture makes it very plain (to me) I'm called to be the bride of Christ. However, many are called, but few are chosen. So to be chosen makes this prophecy more real and attainable in a person's walk with the Lord. What stands between being called and chosen is purification.
---Kate on 6/7/06


Read rev 21-2
---Betty2 on 3/23/06


Read rev 21-2
---Betty2 on 3/23/06


Ephesians 5:22-32 shows this very closly. Verse 22 points out why women shoukd be in subjection to their husbands with the words "AS UNTO THE LORD." Verses 31 and 32 bring this close but MYSTERY also appears to reveal who the mother of harlots and abominations is in Revelation 17:5. A fallen church that has become a worldly divided kingdom.
---Shari on 3/22/06


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I'm sorry, but I don't "clearly" see it. The passage is addressed to "he who overcomes" The next verse after the one you referred me to says: "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches". So I take it as something that applies to all. The church at Philadelphia I'd expect to mentioned more often in Scripture if she is indeed the "bride of Christ"
---Donna on 2/28/06


Donna, If you read Rev. 3:7-12, you can clearly see that the bride is actually The Philadelphian Church. Note in verse 12, that Jesus says he will write the name of the city of God, which is the NEW JERUSELEM.
---Fred_S. on 2/22/06


Donna. Woops. That was a typo. The correct Scripture is ll Cor. 11:2. We are engaged to one husband, Christ. As a perfectly innocent virgin.
---john on 2/22/06


Donna, I find two places the scriptures have led me to believe in the "bride of Christ". One is in Mat.25, the parable of the 10 virgins. I believe the 5 were the bride of Christ and the 2nd 5 were the "almost" believers. Then see Eph.5:22-32. A comparison of husband & wife to Jesus and the church. AMEN.
---mikefl on 2/21/06


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John, II Cor 11:12 doesn't apply. Could you have made a typo? Fred, I know that Jesus is the Lamb of God but wasn't sure about "that great city, the holy Jerusalem."
Rev 21 does seems to describe the mellenium when Christ rules. It's just that the phrase,"the church, the Bride of Christ" is so common, but I don't remember seeing it in Scripture. There are many phrases in "Christa-speak" that are based on tradition and can be misleading. Probably this is not one of them.
---Donna on 2/21/06


Donna, The Lamb of God is Jesus. The verse is talking of the NEW JERUSELEM. Which is going to be Jesus's kingdom on earth.
---Fred_S. on 2/21/06


But, Fred, Revelation 21 says that JERUSALEM is the Lamb's wife. That's one of the Sciptures that confuses me.
---Donna on 2/21/06


llCor. 11;12 says that we are espoused (engaged to wed) to one husband, Christ, So that we may be presented as a perfectly innocent virgin to Him.
Rev. 21 Says come and I will show you the bride, the lambs wife. It's the new city of Jerusalem with all it's glory and we are in it. The Church is believers, only those who are bleievers will be the bride. So, even though we may not see the wording that the Church is the bride the truth is there very clearly that believers (Church) are the bride.
---john on 2/21/06


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