Life In The Kingdom – The Bride of Christ

The Bride of Christ

This is the second post in a series about Life in the Kingdom, referring to the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven.  My last post Life In The Kingdom – God’s Family speaks about how we become a part of the family of God once we give our lives over to Jesus Christ.  In this post I will share another relationship we have with the “Royal Family” of God. 

When Jesus was with His disciples, He said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.  There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.  If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” (John 14:1-3 NLT)  He came to us, when we did not know him.  He came and showed us to the Father.  Now, as Christians, we are part of the Royal Family; we are children of God.  But the bible also refers to us in Revelation as the Bride of Christ.  God the Father is our heavenly Father and Jesus is the Bridegroom.  

bride of christ

Revelation 19:7-9 says, “Let us be glad and rejoice and let us give honor to him.  For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.”  For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.  And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.”

Verse 7 refers to the “wedding feast of the Lamb”.  The lamb is Jesus, the Son of God, who came and died in our place, like a sacrificial lamb, to take away our sins.  He died so we, who are Christians, are now free to live a new life in Him.  The church as a whole is the bride of Christ.  Jesus is now preparing a place for all of us and when it is ready, He will come and take us to Himself as we read earlier in John 14.  

What a glorious, happy day it will be when Jesus comes again to get us and take us to live with Him in Heaven.  Revelation states that we will be wearing white linen.  This represents the good deeds we have done and will continue to do here as we await His coming. Although good deeds alone will not save us, we are instructed to do good deeds for Him. Because of His great love for us, we have a great desire to please Him and honor Him in all we do.

Live Like You Are Loved

Now that we know we are part of the Royal Family and promised to be a bride of Christ, we can live with joy and peace, always comforted because we are loved.  We belong.  We are royalty.  Each one of us can say “Jesus is the ‘Lover of My soul”. 

2 Corinthians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 

 

Know that you are loved my friends, my brothers and sisters in Christ.  And Live like the Royalty that you are.

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HEAVEN

HEAVEN

Brilliance of light; brighter than day;
Millions of worshippers sing and pray;
Freedom is ours beyond compare
For God has erased all our worries and cares.
No sadness or pain or darkness of night;
No clouds of sorrow or anger or fright.
No poverty, hunger, or crime exists.
No hatred or murder, abuse or tests.
We all overcame by the blood of the Lamb
And we sing endless praise to the great I AM.
All questions are answered; time comes to an end;
And we finally see Jesus our Savior and Friend.

Millions are gathered together to see
The Master Creator who set our hearts free.
And at the great banquet we dine with the King;
We feast at His table, and gifts we bring;
We dance and rejoice with no tears to think of;
We laugh in His freedom and walk in His love.
We all live forever in radiant light
For once we were blind, but he gave us new sight.
Once we were lost and hurt and alone;
But He showed us His comfort and gave us a home.
What delight, what wonder we feel in this place
As we see our beloved, The Prince, face to face.

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A FALLEN WORLD

8525477-a-pair-of-cottonwood-trees-on-a-cloudy-winter-dayThis time of year, I feel myself slipping into discouragement or depression.  It’s overcast a lot here in Texas, foggy the past few days.  And I need the sun to shine on me.  Everything is dying and dark.

It is now when I think about heaven a lot.  It will be sunny there.  No sorrow, no sin, no conflict.  The weight of the world will no longer be something to bear us down.

Today was hard especially.  I went to church and my pastor announced his daughter just gave birth to a child last night.  Although that is a great thing in the right circumstances, this time it grieved me.  The pastor’s daughter is not married.  She had an illegitimate child.  The pastors are not apologetic about it at all.  This bothers me a lot and makes me want to go to another church.  My husband like this church and the relationships he’s developed.  And we should both belong to the same church.  The church I like is more old school Church of God where they still have altar calls every Sunday and worship in the Spirit, not just what they planned on singing, but what they feel the spirit calling us to sing at the moment.  The church my husband and I attend now is more rock and I don’t like that either.

I am tired of this world and all the carnal living that I see growing in Christians these days.  Including me.  I am no exception.  This emotional up and down is not of God.  Jesus was full of joy all the time, and loved people all the time.  He was not judgemental toward people although he didn’t like the sin.

I try to be encouraging on these blogs, but I felt I needed to write my emotions and let them out.   Venting is always good so I don’t harbor the negative thoughts and feelings inside.

On top of this, I have a lot of struggles with my daughter which is a whole other story.

ComforterGod is still good.

He is still sovereign.

He is still in control.

I choose to praise Him even in my darkest hour.