Bride of Christ
by Joseph Molnar
When I was a child, I was taught that the church was the bride of Christ, but now that I have studied the Bible more deeply especially the parables of Christ, I have reached another conclusion. Lets start with a parable and see what the Bible has to say about this. Here is Matthew 22:1-10 together with Strong’s reference numbers so that you can check the actual meaning of each Greek word. Please note that the people invited, the Bad (the unconverted world), and the Good (The Church) were invited as guests, not as the bride.
(Matthew 22:1) AndG2532 JesusG2424 answeredG611 and spakeG2036 unto themG846againG3825 byG1722 parablesG3850, and saidG3004,
(Matthew 22:2) TheG3588 kingdomG932 of heavenG3772 is like untoG3666 a certain kingG444, G935 whichG3748 madeG4160 a marriageG1062 for hisG848 sonG5207,
(Matthew 22:3) AndG2532 sent forthG649 hisG848 servantsG1401 to callG2564 them that were biddenG2564 toG1519 theG3588 weddingG1062: andG2532 they wouldG2309 notG3756 comeG2064.
(Matthew 22:4) AgainG3825, he sent forthG649 otherG243 servantsG1401, sayingG3004,TellG2036 them which are biddenG2564, BeholdG2400, I have preparedG2090 myG3450 dinnerG712: myG3450 oxenG5022 andG2532 my fatlingsG4619 are killed,G2380 andG2532 all thingsG3956 are readyG2092: comeG1205 untoG1519 theG3588 marriageG1062.
(Matthew 22:5) ButG1161 theyG3588 made light ofG272 it, and went their waysG565, oneG3588 G3303 toG1519 hisG2398 farmG68,(G1161) anotherG3588 G3303 toG1519 hisG848 merchandiseG1711;
(Matthew 22:6) AndG1161 theG3588 remnantG3062 tookG2902 hisG846 servantsG1401, and entreated them spitefullyG5195, andG2532 slewG615 them.
(Matthew 22:7) ButG1161 when theG3588 kingG935 heardG191 thereof, he was wrothG3710: andG2532 he sent forthG3992 hisG848 armiesG4753, and destroyedG622 thoseG1565 murderersG5406, andG2532 burned upG1714 theirG846 cityG4172.
(Matthew 22:8) ThenG5119 saithG3004 he to hisG848 servantsG1401, TheG3588 weddingG1062 (G3303) isG2076 readyG2092, butG1161 they which were biddenG2564 wereG2258 notG3756 worthyG514.
(Matthew 22:9) GoG4198 ye thereforeG3767 intoG1909 theG3588 highwaysG1327, G3598 andG2532 as many asG3745 G302 ye shall findG2147, bidG2564 toG1519 theG3588 marriageG1062.
(Matthew 22:10) SoG2532 thoseG1565 servantsG1401 went outG1831 intoG1519 theG3588 highwaysG3598, and gathered togetherG4863 allG3956 as many asG3745 they foundG2147, bothG5037 badG4190 andG2532 goodG18: andG2532 theG3588weddingG1062 was furnishedG4130 with guestsG345.
(Matthew 22:11) AndG1161 when theG3588 kingG935 came inG1525 to seeG2300 theG3588 guestsG345, he sawG1492 thereG1563 a manG444 which had not onG1746 G3756 a weddingG1062 garmentG1742:
(Matthew 22:12) AndG2532 he saithG3004 unto himG846, FriendG2083, howG4459 camestG1525 thou in hitherG5602 notG3361 havingG2192 a weddingG1062 garmentG1742? AndG1161 heG3588 was speechlessG5392.
(Matthew 22:13) ThenG5119 saidG2036 theG3588 kingG935 to theG3588 servantsG1249, BindG1210 himG846 handG5495 and G2532 footG4228, and take him awayG142, G846 andG2532 castG1544 him intoG1519 outerG1857 darknessG4655; thereG1563 shall beG2071 weepingG2805 andG2532 gnashingG1030 of teethG3599.
(Matthew 22:14) ForG1063 manyG4183 areG1526 calledG2822, butG1161 fewG3641 are chosenG1588.
The king who was arranging this marriage for His son is God the Father, the groom is his Son, Jesus Christ. From this parable it is clear that the Son already has a bride, and we are invited only as a guest for a wedding feast.
Now look at the parable about the ten virgins. (Matthew 25:1- 10):
(Matthew 25:1) ThenG5119 shall theG3588 kingdomG932 of heavenG3772 be likened untoG3666 tenG1176 virginsG3933, whichG3748 tookG2983 theirG848 lampsG2985, and went forthG1831 to meetG1519 G529 theG3588 bridegroomG3566,
(Matthew 25:2) AndG1161 fiveG4002 ofG1537 themG846 wereG2258 wiseG5429, andG2532 fiveG4002 were foolishG3474,
(Matthew 25:3) They thatG3748 were foolishG3474 tookG2983 theirG1438 lampsG2985, and tookG2983 noG3756 oilG1637 withG3326 themG1438;
(Matthew 25:4) ButG1161 theG3588 wiseG5429 tookG2983 oilG1637 inG1722 theirG848 vesselsG30 withG3326 theirG848 lampsG2985.
(Matthew 25:5) WhileG1161 theG3588 bridegroomG3566 tarriedG5549, they allG3956 slumberedG3573 andG2532 sleptG2518.
(Matthew 25:6) AndG1161 at midnightG3319 G3571 there was a cryG2906 madeG1096, BeholdG2400, theG3588 bridegroomG3566 comethG2064; go ye outG1831 to meetG1519 G529 himG846.
(Matthew 25:7) ThenG5119 allG3956 thoseG1565 virginsG3933 aroseG1453, andG2532 trimmedG2885 theirG848 lampsG2985.
(Matthew 25:8) AndG1161 theG3588 foolishG3474 saidG2036 unto theG3588 wiseG5429, GiveG1325 usG2254 ofG1537 yourG5216 oilG1637; forG3754 ourG2257 lampsG2985 are gone outG4570.
(Matthew 25:9) ButG1161 theG3588 wiseG5429 answeredG611, sayingG3004. Not so; lestG3379 there be not enoughG714 G3756 for usG2254 andG2532 youG5213: butG1161 goG4198 ye ratherG3123 toG4314 them that sellG4453, andG2532 buyG59 for yourselvesG1438.
(Matthew 25:10) AndG1161 while theyG846 wentG565 to buyG59, theG3588 bridegroomG3566 cameG2064, andG2532 they that were readyG2092 went inG1525 withG3326 himG846 toG1519 theG3588 marriageG1062: andG2532 theG3588 doorG2374 was shutG2808.
Please note that all Ten virgins waited for the marriage feast, not as a bride, but as guests.
Now let’s see who the Bible says is the Bride. (Revelation 21:1, 2, 9, 10; Proverbs 8:1-3, 25:28, and 107:4-9).
(Revelation 21:1) AndG2532 I sawG1492 a newG2537 heavenG3772 andG2532 a newG2537 earthG1093: forG1063 theG3588 firstG4413 heavenG3772 andG2532 theG3588 firstG4413 earthG1093 were passed awayG3928; andG2532 there wasG2076 noG3756 moreG2089 seaG2281.
(Revelation 21:2) AndG2532 IG1473 JohnG2491 sawG1492 theG3588 holyG40 cityG4172, NewG2537 JerusalemG2419, coming downG2597 fromG575 GodG2316 out ofG1537 heavenG3772, preparedG2090 asG5613 a brideG3565 adornedG2885 for herG848 husbandG435.
(Revelation 21:9) AndG2532 there cameG2064 untoG4314 meG3165 oneG1520 of theG3588 sevenG2033 angelsG32 which hadG2192 theG3588 sevenG2033 vialsG5357 fullG1073 of theG3588 sevenG2033 lastG2078 plaguesG4127, andG2532 talkedG2980 withG3326 meG1700, sayingG3004, Come hitherG1204, I will shewG1166 theeG4671 theG3588 brideG3565, theG3588 Lamb'sG721 wifeG1135.
(Revelation 21:10) AndG2532 he carried me awayG667 G3165 inG1722 the spiritG4151 toG1909 a greatG3173 andG2532 highG5308 mountainG3735, andG2532 shewedG1166 meG3427 that greatG3173 cityG4172. theG3588 holyG40 JerusalemG2419, descendingG2597 out ofG1537 G1537 heavenG3772 fromG575 GodG2316,
These verses tell us that the Holy City, New Jerusalem, is Christ’s Bride.
In Proverbs 25 we learn that a City is a mind-set.
(Proverbs 25:28) HeH376 thatH834 hath noH369 rule overH4623 his own spiritH7307 is like a cityH5892 that is broken downH6555, and withoutH369 wallsH2346.
Psalm 107:4-9 is a spirit (a mind) It is a way of thinking. When we have God’s way of thinking, we are like a city sitting on a hill, which cannot be hid. Matthew 5:14; Proverbs 8:1-3.
New Jerusalem is God the Father’s mind set. God’s way of thinking is having His Spirit in us.
Christ ascended to the Father in haven and was glorified by receiving a Holy Spirit, His Father’s mind set.
(John 3:3) JesusG2424 answeredG611 and saidG2036 unto himG846, VerilyG281, verilyG281, I sayG3004 unto theeG4671, ExceptG3362 a manG5100 be bornG1080 againG509, he cannotG1410 G3756 seeG1492 theG3588 kingdomG932 of GodG2316.
(John 3:4) NicodemusG3530 saithG3004 untoG4314 himG846, HowG4459 canG1410 a manG444 be bornG1080 when he isG5607 oldG1088? canG1410 he(G3361) enterG1525 the second timeG1208 intoG1519 hisG848 mother'sG3384 wombG2836, andG2532 be bornG1080?
(John 3:5) JesusG2424 answeredG611, Verily,G281 verilyG281, I sayG3004 unto theeG4671, ExceptG3362 a manG5100 be bornG1080 ofG1537 waterG5204 andG2532 of the SpiritG4151, he cannotG1410 G3756 enterG1525 intoG1519 theG3588 kingdomG932 of GodG2316.
(John 3:6) That which is bornG1080 ofG1537 theG3588 fleshG4561 isG2076 fleshG4561; andG2532 that which is bornG1080 ofG1537 theG3588 SpiritG4151 isG2076 spiritG4151.
(John 3:7) MarvelG2296 notG3361 that I saidG2036 unto thee,G4671 YeG5209 mustG1163 be bornG1080 againG509 (from above).
When we are baptized by the Holy Spirit we are born from above by The Father's Spirit (mind set) we come to be the children of New Jerusalem.
(Galatians 4:22) ForG1063 it is writtenG1125, thatG3754 AbrahamG11 hadG2192 twoG1417 sonsG5207, the oneG1520 byG1537 a bondmaidG3814, the(G2532) otherG1520 byG1537 a freewomanG1658.
(Galatians 4:23) ButG235 heG3588 who was ofG1537 theG3588 bondwomanG3814 was bornG1080 afterG2596 the fleshG4561; butG1161 heG3588 ofG1537 theG3588 freewomanG1658 was byG1223 promiseG1860.
(Galatians 4:24) Which thingsG3748 areG2076 an allegoryG238: forG1063 theseG3778 areG1526 theG3588 twoG1417 G1417 covenantsG1242; the oneG3391 G3303 fromG575 the mountG3735 SinaiG4614, which genderethG1080 toG1519 bondageG1397, whichG3748 is G2076 AgarG28.
(Galatians 4:25) ForG1063 this AgarG28 isG2076 mountG3735 SinaiG4614 inG1722 ArabiaG688, andG1161 answereth toG4960 JerusalemG2419 which nowG3568 is, and is in bondageG1398 withG3326 herG848 childrenG5043.
(Galatians 4:26) ButG1161 (New) JerusalemG2419 which is aboveG507 isG2076 freeG1658, whichG3748 isG2076 the motherG3384 of usG2257 allG3956.
In (Hebrews 2:13) AndG2532 againG3825, IG1473 (Christ) will put my trustG2071 G3982 inG1909 himG846. (God the Father) AndG2532 againG3825, BeholdG2400 IG1473 andG2532 theG3588 childrenG3813 whichG3739 GodG2316 hath givenG1325 meG3427.
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