The Watchful Bride

God is raising up a generation of people who will never taste death. You may be a member of that generation!

The marriage supper of the Lamb is being prepared, and Christ is about to return for His beautiful Bride. Her beauty is like no other. Her face is radiant with the glory of God. Her raiment is glistening white. Her garments have been washed in the blood of the Lamb, and they are without spot or wrinkle. She is clothed with righteousness and arrayed in holiness. There is no one else who looks like her. All the eyes of Heaven are fastened upon her!

Who is this beautiful Bride? What qualities is Christ looking for when He returns for His Bride? The Apostle Paul gives us a clear indication, when he wrote:

“And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.” (1 Thessalonians 4:12-13 NKJV) 

Christ is returning for a holy people! You will also notice that He is bringing His saints with Him. The saints on earth and the saints in Heaven will all be joined together on that day. This means that all of our friends and family, who died in the Lord, will return with Him on that day to meet us. What a glorious reunion that will be!

Who are these holy people that Christ is returning for? The Apostle Paul told us, when he wrote these words to the Church in Ephesus:

“Husbands love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:25-27 NKJV)

The Bride of Christ is the Church! He has cleansed her and washed her with the Word of Truth. He is the One who has made her a glorious Church without spot or wrinkle, so that she should be holy and without blemish. This is the one He will present to Himself as His bride on that day at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

The Apostle John wrote this about the Bride:

” ‘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.’ And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” (Revelation 19:7-8 NKJV)

Clearly the Bride has a part to play. She must prepare herself and keep herself ready for that wonderful day. Her garments must be kept glistening white and free from anything that would soil her appearance. This is why it is important to live a holy life. Since we are the Bride, we must keep ourselves pure by shaking off the things of the world. We keep ourselves clean by the blood of Jesus, being quick to repent and confess any sin the moment we realize that we have missed it.

The Apostle John wrote this wonderful Scripture:

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NKJV)

If you have been cleansed from all unrighteousness, then you stand before Him pure, clean and glistening white, without spot or wrinkle. This is what is meant by the righteous acts of the saints: those who practice righteousness and keep themselves pure and clean. The Bride prepares herself and makes herself ready for the appearance of the Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ever since the days of the Charismatic Movement, in the early 70’s, some have claimed that the Bride is only a remnant of the Church. Others claim that not everyone is going to be qualified to be a part of the Bride of Christ for various reasons.  Regardless of the many different views, or what you have been taught about the Second Coming, we can all agree that Christ is coming soon. We must be ready to meet Him when He does. We must be ever watchful for His return. After all, we are the Bride of Christ!

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

P.S: Please keep me in your prayers, as I will be going to Belgium next week.

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

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