Christ’s Death and Resurrection: First Steps in Preparing the Bride

In a prior post I began to consider the preparation of the bride in Revelation 21:2, “And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” That post looked at who prepares the bride. I presented verses showing that God and the believers both participate in the preparation, and our part is not independent but cooperating with Christ dwelling in us. Soon after that post, I realized that I had jumped over what transpired to open the way for Christ to dwell in us. Here is a partial closure of that gap.

Through God becoming a man of flesh (John 1:14), God became embodied in Jesus Christ (Col. 2:9). He grew up and lived as a God-man, ministered for three years, then went through death and into resurrection.

Luke 24:46-47: “And He said to them, Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise up from the dead on the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” Christ died and rose so that repentance and forgiveness could be proclaimed to all men.

In John 10:10b-11 and 17b He tells us, “I have come that they may have life and may have it abundantly. I am the good Shepherd; the good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep….I lay down My life that I may take it again.” Christ died and rose for our redemption and He also died and rose so that He could be the abundant life to us who are redeemed by Him.

We did nothing in His death and resurrection for our redemption and for becoming life to us. Our responsibility is to repent and thankfully receive what He has accomplished. As a result of His redemption and regeneration of us, we can begin to participate with Him in the preparation of the bride. Lord, attract us daily to Yourself that we may cooperate with You in preparation of the bride.

Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, may be viewed at online.recoveryversion.org; this too is copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA.

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