New Jerusalem is the Bride, the Wife of the Lamb

In Revelation 21:2 John tells us, “I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” In verses 9-10 the holy city is called “the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” Christ is the Lamb of God (John 1:29; 1 Peter 1:19) and New Jerusalem is His bride, His wife. This is the clearest statement in the Bible that New Jerusalem is not a physical city. Rather, it is a corporate, redeemed, regenerated, transformed wife with a redeeming, life-giving, gloriously shining Triune Husband.

The marital relationship between God and His people was first presented in figure in Genesis 2 with Adam, a type of Christ per Romans 5:14, and Eve. Jeremiah 2:2 indicates that Israel’s time in the wilderness after leaving Egypt was a time of betrothal to God and in verse 31:32 God says that He was Israel’s Husband even then. Later Isaiah declared to Israel, “your Maker is your Husband” (54:5) and through Jeremiah God cried out to Israel, “I am a Husband to you” (3:14). In Hosea 2:16 God tells Israel that they will call Him their Husband.

In Matthew 9:15 the Lord Jesus portrayed Himself as the Bridegroom. During this age He is away from His people but soon there will be a cry, “Behold, the Bridegroom! Go forth to meet him!” (Matthew 25:6). May the Lord be merciful to fill our hearts with a “going forth” attitude every day.

In John 3:26 the disciples of John the Baptist came to him and reported that many people were going to Jesus. In John’s reply, he said that he was not Christ but was the friend of the Bridegroom (verses 28-29). In John’s reply, Christ is the Bridegroom and the many people who come to Him, His increase (verse 30), are the bride. This bride is composed of all the people born anew of water and the Spirit (verses 3-8).

Ephesians 5 also speaks about Christ as the Husband and the church as His wife. There will be more about this in a post on the preparation of the bride.

In Revelation 21 New Jerusalem is the bride, the wife of the Lamb. In Revelation 19 we read that “His wife has made herself ready.” No physical city can make itself ready. This too shows us that New Jerusalem is a corporate, living person.

New Jerusalem as the bride, the wife of the Lamb, is the consummation of the marital relationship portrayed throughout the Bible. God in Christ is the Husband and all the redeemed and regenerated people will be His wife. This universal couple is New Jerusalem. May Revelation 19:7 be our expectation and declaration: “Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”

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