It’s been a while since we’ve visited and discussed this topic. However, I hope that since the last post, you’ve been able to ponder and consider the question: How would you describe the bride’s background and former condition? If not, please review our last post here.
So to recap, we’ve been using an allegory to learn and gain insight into our relationship with Christ as our Groom and we as His Bride. We’ve seen that the Bride is arrayed in bridal splendor with a beaming countenance and joy in her eyes. However, this was not her former condition.
On the contrary, she was a poor waif living a life of drudgery, poverty, and absolute misery. Instead of wearing fine, clean garments, she clothed herself with rags covered in dirt and grime and smelling of the sewage in which she lived. Her life was lived out in slavery to an overbearing master, and her heart was made hard from the pain, bitterness, and hardship of her life. She had no hope of escape, no one who loved her, and no aspirations of a happily ever after.
But then one day, everything changed.
A Savior stepped into her life and offered her a way out. While in her state of poverty, filth, and slavery, He asked her to become His Bride and join Him in a better life. And she said, “Yes!” So He bought her freedom with His blood, and brought her into His Father’s house where she received cleansing from her life of dirt and grime, fresh new garments of luxury to wear, and sweet smelling perfume. She was no longer a slave, but the daughter of a King and future Bride of a Prince.
This is our bride’s story; but she is not the only one with this story, you are the Bride of Christ, and the girl in the allegory. So do you see yourself mirrored in this metaphor? No? Well, let’s break this down together and see how our former condition was exactly the same.
Before knowing Christ…
Do you see yourself now? Do you see how far the Lord has brought you and what He’s done for you?! Are you amazed by the absurdity of it all? That the King of Kings, the Prince of Peace would choose for Himself a girl from the mire and cesspool of sin and make her beautiful, spotless, clean, and His chosen Bride! This is the amazing testimony of our story, the astounding fact of our current status, and the wonderful grace and love of God. So are you not yet teary eyed and joy filled by the love of your Bridegroom?! Do you now more fully grasp how miraculous it is to be called the Bride of Christ, and the significance of what that actually means?
If not, just wait! We have much more to study and learn on this topic. So until next time…
“The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married. For … as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.”