Editors Note to Readers
One of the great theme’s of scripture from the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelation is the Bride of Christ. This is the subject of this present issue.
Just as Christ is foreshadowed throughout the Old Testament in types, pictures and shadows, so also is the Church.
When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Ephesus he used the example of a man leaving the home of his birth and his parents in order to be joined unto his wife as a parallel with the relationship of the Church with that of Christ. He says “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” (5:23). The Church is the Bride of Christ.
When writing to the Corinthians he wrote, “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. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (II Cor.11:2-3)
The Church at Corinth is pictured as a chaste virgin being made ready and presented to Christ by means of the preaching and teaching of the Word of God by a true Apostle of Christ. He also uses Eve, the first woman, as a picture, type and warning to the Corinthian believers.
From Eve all the way through Genesis and the rest of scripture these women are types of the Bride of Christ and carry a message for the Church today. Sarah, Rachael, Rebecca, Hannah, Ruth, Esther and so many others are used of God to paint a picture for us and instruct us in this New Testament truth of the Church being the Bride of Christ.
Just as the Bible begins with the marriage covenant of Adam and Eve, so it ends with the marriage covenant of Christ and the Church.
The last and most glorious vision in the Bible is of a victorious, perfected and completed church where it says “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.21:2).
At the beginning of this issue may we hear the Spirit of God say to us, “Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.” (v9).
Yours in Christ Jesus,
HELP: Any Good Quotes by well known authors on the Bride of Christ would be appreciated.