Preparing the Bride by Washing (1)

Revelation 21:2 says, “And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Last month I made some posts on the preparation of the bride. This month I continue.

Eph. 5:25-27 says,  “Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her that He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word, that He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.”

The base of the preparation of the bride is Christ’s death and resurrection. Ephesians 5:25 includes His death—He “gave Himself up for her [the church].” Verse 26 goes on to His present work in resurrection—sanctifying the church, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word. Verse 27 speaks of His second coming, when He will present the church to Himself. The washing “word” is from the Greek noun rhema.

Two Greek nouns become “word” in English. They are logos (λογος) and rhema (ρημα). Logos is a constant, unchanging word and rhema is an instant word for a particular time or situation. The logos has two aspects. In John 1:1, 14 Christ, the eternal Word, became flesh; in 1 John 1:1 He is “the Word of life;” and in Revelation 19:13 His name is “the Word of God.” In Romans 9:6 “the word of God” and in 9:9 “the word of promise” refer to what is written in the Bible. Revelation 22:18-19 speak of “the words” written in the book of Revelation. Thus,

  • Christ is the living Word (Logos) of God.
  • The Bible is the written word (logos) of God.

This two-fold logos is the base for God’s speaking to us as rhema.

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