BCL Grow: Church — Revelation 19:7
Revelation 19:7 (Church)
“Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready.” — Revelation 19:7
“The hallmark of the true bride, in contrast to the harlot, is that she worships no one but God and waits for no bridegroom but the Lamb. This church composed of John and his fellow servants who hold to the testimony of Jesus and cling to the faithful words of God, now appears to be a small minority, defenseless in the face of the aggression of hostile government, the deception of pseudo-religion, and the seduction of euthanizing affluence. In fact, however, she is the King’s beloved; and he is driving history to the consummation of their marriage, when her every enemy is vanquished and the Lamb’s glory floods her life with light.” — Triumph of the Lamb: a Commentary on Revelation, by Dennis E. Johnson, p. 324.
Steps to Take
1. Ponder: Reflect on the depth and breadth of God’s love for those whom he chooses to be the bride of his son Christ Jesus through faith in him.
2. Remember: The church is the bride of Christ—he is sanctifying her and washing her with his word in order to present her to himself holy and unblemished (see Eph. 5:25-27). We are not our own but belong to our savior Jesus Christ.
3. Rejoice: Consider the unparalleled beauty and joy at the marriage of the church to Christ Jesus when we will see God’s face and live. Night will be no more, and we will always live in the light of the Lord God. And all who are in Christ Jesus by faith will drink freely of the water of life.
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