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Who Is The Bride Of Christ

Exactly who is the Bride of Christ and what does that mean to a Christian?

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Debbie, very well Right. It's the same instance likened unto the 10 virgins. The 5 wide awake saints looking for the bride groom ( Jesus Christ ) to come & go to heaven, the 5 foolish sleeping saints was left out. They possibly dreaming about the devilish - glittering things & cares of the world, just like many Are today.

God will take a people out from a people.
---Lawrence on 8/9/10

#1 The Bride of Christ is a select group of saints which will be taken out of the Body of Christ. Just as God made Eve from a rib out of Adam's side while he slept, so shall God take a rib portion from the sleeping Body of Christ and make a Bride for Christ.

Being a rib portion indicates that these are a people who love the Lord intensely, they are totally yielded to Him, they are full overcomers.
---Debbie on 12/31/07

Amon, Oh good. I am glad to be wrong about that.
---Ulrika on 5/27/06

ulrika, i never said anything like that.. i asked if thats what the previous blogger had implied.. You copied my question without the first 3 words of my sentence.
---anon on 5/27/06

Anon,Where did you get that idea? "...if people are married on earth or working long hours they won't be in the that select few." Do you know verses to back up that outrageous statement? The 144000 are of the 12 tribes of Israel who are virgins. These men are more than likely part of the Bride of Christ.Revelation 7:3-8 \ 14:1-5
---Ulrika on 5/26/06

As for the "physical elements", I am not even talking about those. I am talking about the spiritual food of Christ and Him crucified, His broken body and His blood, His death and His life, feeding on Him alone.
---Linda6563 on 5/26/06

"This plainly condemns the practice of those who worship the elements of bread and wine,..."

I said nothing in my response about worshipping the elements. I worship the One those elements represent....the person of Christ and His work. I would appreciate it if you didn't take what I said and make it something I didn't say.
---Linda6563 on 5/26/06

"The promises of the gospel, the true sayings of God, opened, applied, and sealed by the Spirit of God, in holy ordinances, are the marriage-feast."

Exactly. However, how many believers do you know who are actually feasting on the true sayings of God, the promises of the covenant, etc.? Quite a few still feeding on the flesh of their brothers and sisters in Christ or whatever is going on in the earth.
---Linda6563 on 5/26/06

anon, no. Don't take the spiritual meaning of what I said and try to bring it into the realm of the natural.
---Linda6563 on 5/26/06

linda, are you agreeing that only a select few will be the bride of Christ. Also are you saying that if people are married on earth or working long hours wont be in that select few?
---anon on 5/26/06

The apostle offered honour to the angel. The angel refused it. He directed the apostle to the true and only object of religious worship; to worship God, and him alone. This plainly condemns the practice of those who worship the elements of bread and wine, and saints, and angels; and of those who do not believe that Christ is truly and by nature God, yet pay him a sort of worship. They stand convicted of idolatry by a messenger from heaven.
---Ulrika on 5/25/06

In the robes of Christ's righteousness, imputed for justification, and imparted for sanctification. The promises of the gospel, the true sayings of God, opened, applied, and sealed by the Spirit of God, in holy ordinances, are the marriage-feast. This seems to refer to the abundant grace and consolation Christians will receive in the happy days wich are to come.
---Ulrika on 5/25/06

(By which is meant a reigh of Christ, or a state of happiness, for a thousand years on earth) may be considered as the celebration of his espousals on earth. Then the church of Christ, being purified from error, divisions, and corruptions, in doctrine, discipline, worship, and practice, will be made ready to be publicly owned by him as his delight and his beloved. The church appeared; not in the gay, gaudy dress of the mother of harlots, but in fine linen, clean and white.
---Ulrika on 5/25/06

Copied from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary. Revelation 19:1-10
*The church in heaven and that on earth triumph, and praise the Lord for his righteous judgments (1-10).
Praising God for what we have, is praying for what is yet further to be done for us. There is harmony between the angles and the saints in the triumphant song. Christ is the Bridegroom of his ransomed church. This second union will be completed in heaven; but the beginning of the glorious millennium TBC
---Ulrika on 5/25/06

Linda, Amen and again I say Amen!
---Debbie on 5/25/06

The Bride of Christ is the Church, that is, all of us who are saved, and are of the Christian faith.
---Margaretj on 5/25/06

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Obviously the Bible makes it clear that all were called but many chose not to come for some reason or another. Maybe they liked the food they already had or were too busy pointing a finger at others to come. Whatever the case was, they didn't show up at the table and therefore weren't part of the Bride that says with the Spirit, "Come."
---Linda6563 on 5/25/06

You can go to the religious refrigerator and pull out all kinds of "food". Some of it is junk food, some of it is full of preservatives, and the rest of it is out of balance in some nutrient or another. Father wants us to come to the breadbox and pull out the bread of His broken body and His blood and commune with Him, not with the doctrines and traditions of men that have made the word of God of none effect.
---Linda6563 on 5/25/06

Anon, I don't believe God wants anyone to give up. However, He has called everyone to the supper table and, as the Bible states, there are some who won't come because they have married a wife, bought a field, or have to check on their oxen. Feasting on Him is far different than much of what has gone on in the Church.
---Linda6563 on 5/25/06

#2 I don't know if I will be in the Bride of Christ, but my genuine desire is to be there. This doesn't discourage me, it encourages me. New believers have just as equal opportunity to be the Bride as a Saint that has been saved for years. If we walk in the light that He has given us, and yield ourselves completely as is possible, we may attain. Thank God Jesus judges our heart and the desires of our heart. Look for grace God's way.
---Debbie on 5/25/06

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All of those who ask Jesus into their heart are children of God and are bound for heaven. Not all of God's children seek after Him with the same amount of zeal or love. Many seem to be satisfied with just getting through the gates, but I am not satisfied with that. The fact that I know that there is a place I can attain to by yielding to Christ and letting Him do the work in me, only serves to excite me and love Him more.
---Debbie on 5/25/06

debbie, if this is true then most of us may as well just give up? well i know i should then.. i realised recently that i cant run the race, i can only walk it with Christ at my side, and pray daily for Him to show me the things not pleasing to Him.. I have only been a christian for a year so i may be wrong. I have not done the studies you have..
---anon on 5/25/06

Debbie, you have to be kidding.
Anyone that doesn't fit the description is not a saint because they won't be in heaven.
Remember we are made spotless by Jesus' blood.
Indeed the bride is the whole church (all who will make heaven)...but it's obvious from the bible so I won't argue about it anymore.
---Okebaram on 5/25/06

There is a freedom that comes with Truth, that can't be found anywhere else. Intellectually, man will argue this point, but Spiritually, if sensitive to His Spirit, you will feel a peace. I pray that you all will pray about it and seek the answer for yourself. God is a revealer of Truth and of secrets.I believe that Jesus came in the flesh and He alone deserves all the glory,honor and praise.
---Debbie on 5/25/06

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It has been less than 10 years ago that I ,too, believed the doctrine of the main stream Pentecostal churches. I belonged to, believed and participated in their doctrinal teaching. Always there was a question in the back of my mind. I then began to study the Gospel of the Grace of God, through Paul's Epistles, and God began to reveal all of these Truths to me and not just me, He has revealed this to many, many people.
---Debbie on 5/25/06

the bride of Christ is: ref; Isa 62:5, 2Cor 11:2, Rev 10:7, Rev 21:2, Rev 22:17,
Union with Christ: ref; Rom 7:4, 1Cor 6:15, 2 Cor 11:2, Eph 5:30, 1John 2:24..The King James Chain Reference Study Bible is excellent for indepth study of the Word.
---jana on 5/25/06

I am!!!!! But not just me, but all who belong to Jesus, are born again, and TRUE Christians. This reminds me of a dream I had as a young girl, when I knew about Jesus, but not salvation through Jesus, i dreamed I was Jesus bride, His wife. Being so young, it was so pure, simply an incredible love relationship.
---christina on 5/25/06

The church are believers in Christ. The church is the bride of Christ. Isaiah 61:10 The comparison of a husband his relationship with his wife, and how Christ loved the church is made in Ephesians 5:23-32.
---Ulrika on 5/24/06

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#3 Rev. 4:4 shows the Bride with crowns on their heads and Rev. 4:10 shows them casting their crowns at Jesus feet. It is wonderful to know that yielding to Jesus and turning your whole self over to Him will have a wonderful reward. Haven't any of you wondered how He was going to present the whole Church, with its varied degrees of obedience and love for Christ, as a chaste virgin, blameless, without spot or wrinkle? Christ is not going to marry a child Bride, she will be full of the fullness of Christ.
---Debbie on 5/24/06

#3 2 Tim. 4:8 says it is a crown of righteousness. 2 Tim. 2:12 says IF we suffer with Christ, we will reign with Him. Rev. 2:10 speaks of the bridal company that has passed on before Christ returns, the Judge says they will get their crown if they are faithful unto death. Rev. 3:11 are those that are alive at the time of His return, He tells them to hold fast their crown. Not everyone is going to have a crown or why be warned to hang on to it. The crown is only won by the Bride.
---Debbie on 5/24/06

#2 We are to be presented as a chaste virgin, without spot or wrinkle. this is a special group of saints that have yielded their life and have taken on the very image of Christ. They are presented blameless, I Cor. 1:8; I Thes. 5:23; I Pet. 3:14; Eph. 5:27. We all know saints that fit that description and we know saints that definately do not. The grade that we attain here on earth in our devotion to Christ is what we will have in heaven. The Bride is a full-overcomer and will win her crown. James 1:12.
---Debbie on 5/24/06

#1 O.K guys, Here it goes! Rev. 19:7 says the Bride has made herself ready. How? By yielding to Christ, by running the race. In 1 Cor. 9:24, it says all run in the race, but only one wins the Prize. Who is the Prize? Our Lord Jesus Christ as Bridegroom. Phil. 3:14 says we run for the Prize of the high calling of Christ Jesus. What higher calling is there than being wed to Christ, to rule and reign with Him, to be joined to Him as one. II Cor. 11:23, says we are espoused to one husband, Christ.
---Debbie on 5/24/06

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ME, me, Like the blind man said that Jesus healed: "I only know ONE thing, I once was blind, but now I see." I know I'm going up when the trumpet sounds cuz I'm one of his kids. To be a Christian means to be CHRIST LIKE. "Be imitators of Christ" is what Paul tells us. "Be transformed." "Be changed from Glory to Glory." A Christian obeys God's word at all cost, and does GOD'S will, not their own.
---Donna9759 on 5/24/06

Bruce is right...where in the world did you get your theory from, Debbie?
---Okebaram on 5/24/06

What is your scriptural support for such a statement? What is it that gives you the idea that the Bride of Christ is anything other than the the Church of Christ -all the chruch.
---Bruce5656 on 5/24/06

#2 You can see their qualities in the churches of Smyrna and Phildaelphia in Rev. 2,3. The judge of these two churches finds absolutely no fault with these saints.

I know that this is Truth no matter if anyone else agrees with me or not. There is a lot of Scripture backing this up and I can go a whole lot deeper than this if anyone wishes. This Truth reveals the reason for the race, we are running to win Christ as our Bridegroom.
---Debbie on 5/24/06

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