2: Finding a Bride
Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014Print
About The Bride Is Ready Series
Who is the Bride of Christ, and how does she make herself ready? These questions and more are explored in this piercing series as Martha digs deep into the blessings AND requirements of Christ's own Bride.
Genesis 2:18 NKJ
And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”
As Adam walked alone and named the creatures in the Garden, God sought to give him a companion in his loneliness. Under a sleep of painless mercy, God opened his side and removed the bone that would become his helpmeet, his delight…and his downfall. Woman.
The Son of God walked contentedly through the splendor of the heavens but His Father longed to give Him an Intelligent Companion, a Responsive Partner. A Helpmeet of Joy to rule with Him over the eternal universe. The Father began to imagine for Jesus a counterpoint, a melody to sing His glories forever and ever…and ever.
This Divine Bride of His Son must be kindred by likeness and character. A “sister” of His blood, relative by birth. She would be formed out of the torn side of His agony, fully awake in conscious horror. This “woman” would be the dream of God’s perfection. No new creation was invented. The original man/woman would be softened, adopted and remade, cleansed by blood and water—transformed by testings and scourgings.
Adam/Eve humanity, ruined for the Holy Marriage of God’s Son, would have no living part of this Pure Bride. Their independent bent must be killed out of our soul’s marrow and that original entity of humanity, wooed out of its unremembered death.
When the Father of Lights sends for the Bride of the Lamb, he will look for the Face of His Son, the Disposition of His son, even the very Holy Life of Jesus. Only that Life, righteous and pure…only that same identity of His exquisite character will be acceptable in the Bride. Father God is pleased with only one life: that of His Beloved Son.
And His Bride must be like Him by the loss of all except Him. Only one “like” Him is worthy “of” Him. No likeness by imitation. There can be no imitation of that which is Only. Christ Himself ruling in – living through – the body of one who lets Him be Himself as King within. This is the Bride of the Lamb.
This shallow run of history, this vast space and unhasty time, these myriad lives and endless events are merely the prearranged crucible for the formation of the Bride of the Lamb, Jesus’ intimate companion for all eternity. By His side, seeing His face, in the mystery of a Divine Togetherness—enjoying at last His Absolute Reign and His Glorious Vindication!
Copyright © 2001 Martha Kilpatrick, The Bride Is Ready