HERE COMES THE BRIDE (Continued)
The Church is called to be the radiant bride of Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:2. The members of Christ’s Church are “promised,” engaged now to Him, for eventual presentation to Him as a perfect bride, to be married to Him in a profound spiritual union.
Revelation 19:7. “The wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.” – How important it is that the Bride of Christ makes herself ready for Him. But how does she do that?
By the Anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Oil in scriptures frequently symbolizes the Holy Spirit anointing Matthew 25. 1 Samuel 10, 16. The virgins with the abundant oil of the Holy Spirit went into the wedding banquet.
By being Baptized-in-the-Holy Spirit.
Jesus did mighty miracles when He was anointed with the Holy Spirit Acts 10:38.
Jesus’ Bride the Church needs to cry out to God for a double portion of His Spirit like prophet Elisha did in 2 Kings 2:9. “Lord give us more oil!” The Bride of Christ needs the mighty Baptism-in-the-Holy Spirit.
By being cleansed and washed daily with God’s Word Galatians 5:25-27.
Jesus longs for His bride to be holy and blameless. Like Adam, Jesus will marry a bride “suitable for him” (Genesis 2:18).
By walking in holiness and righteousness
Revelation 19:7-8. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints).
The ready – Bride of Christ is characterized by “righteous acts, she puts her faith in action – spirit-filled, word-filled, holy, righteous, devoted to Jesus, the heavenly Bridegroom.
It is time each of us takes a character inventory and addresses the sinful issues. Pray, reflect, and examine our hearts.