MYHB - Teaching - The bride

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Teaching - The bride

Bride church

The church is called the 'bride of Christ'. [1]

Theologians cannot agree if the church defines the bride or the bride defines the church. Are those in the visible church (however that is defined) 'saved'? Or are those who are 'saved' in the invisible church? For some, the 'saved' and the 'bride' are two different entities.

The marriage of the Lamb of God comes on the heels of God divorcing Israel. Marriage is used as a metaphor for the relationship between God and his people. In the same way that 'Israel' is.

  1. Re 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
Marriage doctrine

The Hebrew word for marriage is 'laqach' לקח. [1] But it also means 'doctrine' or learning'. [2] [3]

Israel means 'man joined to God by revelation'. Israel was called the wife of God. And now the word for marriage means that the wife is taught by God. [4]

Without knowing any Hebrew, you can know that whenever you see the lamed ל in a word, it has something to do with teaching. 'Laqach' לקח means 'taught ל the cross ק for life ח. The bride are those who are taught by Christ; they are Israel.

  1. Ex 21:3 If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him. [{by himself: Heb. with his body }]
  2. De 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
  3. Pr 1:5 A wise [man] will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
  4. 1Ti 2:11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
Side note on women

God reveals himself and teaches his own because 'God is separated from men by ignorance' or 'Elohim' אלהים. Paul wanted us to understand this when he wrote that women should learn from their husbands.

Paul was not speaking of men and women. He was speaking of Christ and the church. [1]

The bride is the church and the husband is Christ. Paul writes in a mystery, not literally. It is easy to see why people who do not know the scripture, come up with pernicious doctrine subjugating women.

  1. Eph 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Satan reads the Bible literally -1

The devil reads scripture literally. He tempted Jesus to turn literal stones into bread using the literal meaning found in a Psalm. [1]

Jesus understood the mystery: He was the stone that the builders rejected [2]; the Rock that followed Israel in the desert [3], and that Rock would become the bread through his suffering and death on the cross. [4]

How you read scripture tells you something of your knowledge of God. You cannot understand scripture until your eyes are opened by God. Your flesh will read it like the devil. May your heart burn...

  1. Ps 78:20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?
  2. Mr 12:10 And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:
  3. 1Co 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
  4. Lu 22:19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake [it], and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.