4: The Bride is Ready
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.
Revelation 19:7 NKJ
Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
Who is the Bride? The one who has said YES to the Bridegroom and who by her fearsome yes has begun an unending preparation for absolute…purity. The Bride has made herself ready. “His wife has made herself ready.”
Not “the Bride has been made ready” as though it were done entirely for her. Not “the Bride IS ready” as an automatic position by right of rebirth. But this: “the Bride has MADE HERSELF ready.” The ones who live for That Day, and not this Now Day, enter an ardent preparation with a deliberate end in mind.
And they will know the very highest pinnacle of human purpose: to be seated at the Marriage Supper and served by the Lamb of God. The preparation is this life, this daily mean experience. In all these pressuring events, the believer has the choice of being stripped of Eve’s deception and Adam’s acquiescence. Or of building a brittle armor against God’s unspeakable purpose. Uncovered or fortressed.
And that means, spilled or intact. The secret of the Bridal preparation, the Church’s glowing destiny is this…the Cross. Your personal cross of dying dreams. Your specific cross of gripping surrender. Your daily cross, the forfeit of every control. The Cross. It was Christ’s gift of freedom to you, your personal cleansing of sin, your life’s power to live with God.
The Cross. It is your gift to Him as Governor of your destiny, Author of your story, Dreamer of a place with Him—your Divine Bridegroom. The Bride makes herself ready through the Cross. The embrace of God’s unfolding Will wherein lies the death of her primal inheritance: Eve-rebellion – rejecting God, and Adam-idolatry – replacing God. The two aspects of sin solved. Solved AT the Cross – Jesus’ own – and resolved IN the Cross – mine.
The cross of my daily fire is not God’s meanness, but the blaze of His zeal for my bridal readiness. The Cross. The Cross. The only room of the Bride’s preparation in the beauty of holiness. His.
Copyright © 2001 Martha Kilpatrick, The Bride Is Ready