Redemption and Life for the Bride

Christ and New JerusalemFor a long time I have been reading a multi-volume set by Witness Lee titled The Conclusion of the New Testament. This set is published and © by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA with online reading available via this list. The latter volumes have messages on Experiencing, Enjoying, and Expressing Christ. These begin with who Christ is and what He does in the Gospels, then in Acts, then the Epistles, and conclude with Revelation. The messages I am reading now, near the end of this set, are about Christ in relation to New Jerusalem, so I will present excerpts here. This post has quotes from message 424.

In the Gospel of John, Christ is presented both as the Lamb and as the Bridegroom. John the Baptist declared, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (1:29). This verse clearly reveals that Christ came as the Lamb to take away the sin of the world. Later, John the Baptist also indicated that Christ is the Bridegroom. John said, “He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices with joy because of the bridegroom’s voice” (3:29). Hence, in the Gospel of John, Christ is revealed both as the Lamb who came to take away sin and as the Bridegroom who came that He might have the bride.

Revelation 19:7 says, “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.”

Christ’s goal is not to remove sin—it is to have the bride. In the book of Revelation we see again that Christ our Redeemer is the Lamb and the coming Bridegroom. As the Bridegroom, He must have a wedding. It will be the marriage of the Redeemer and the redeemed.

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.”

At the end of the Bible we see a city, the New Jerusalem. This city is the wife (21:2, 9-10), and the redeeming God is the Husband. We are on the earth being prepared to become the bride to meet Him, and He is on the throne in the third heaven prepared to come as the Bridegroom to meet us.

Christ, the Lamb of God who died, took away sin. Because of this, we can be born again and have eternal life (John 3:3, 5-7, 15-16). However, after we were born again, there were still many attitudes in us and actions by us that were not suitable for the bride of Christ. Nevertheless, through our entire Christian life, eternal life operates in us to make us the bride to match Christ in every way. The result is “New Jerusalem prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

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.

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