Preparation of the Bride in the Churches

New Jerusalem is the wife of the LambRevelation chapters 2–3 contain letters to the seven churches in Asia, a province of the ancient Roman Empire and now the western part of Turkey. These letters record the Lord’s speaking to each church. The Lord begins each letter by describing Himself. His description indicates what He is to meet the need of each church.

The primary need of the seven churches is Christ Himself. God’s desire is that Christ be formed in us (Galatians 4:19) and make His home in our hearts (Ephesians 3:17) so that  we may be full grown in Christ (Colossians 1:28). For this the apostle Paul labored intensively, struggling in oneness with Christ’s operation in Paul (Colossians 1:29).

What does the Lord’s speaking to seven first-century churches have to do with us and with New Jerusalem? Regarding us, each of the seven letters has an identical end: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” What the Lord speaks to one church is for all of us.*

Regarding New Jerusalem, the relationship between Christ and the church is portrayed by husband and wife in Ephesians 5. The preparation of New Jerusalem as the wife of the Lamb is taking place today in the universal church composed of many local churches. Today, Christ being formed in us, making home in our hearts, and our full growth in Christ is the preparation of the bride.

The Lord was fully sufficient to meet the needs of the first century churches and He is equally sufficient to meet our needs today. We can open ourselves in prayer to what He reveals about Himself in Revelation 2–3 and thank Him for all that He is to us. In the following posts I will touch briefly what He is to us in these seven letters. Lord, work in us today in the preparation of Your bride.

* The application of these seven letters to us is the subject of the book The Orthodoxy of the Church by Watchman Nee. It is available for online reading in the list here. A brief description by the publisher here says, “In The Orthodoxy of the Church, Watchman Nee progressively unfolds the history of the church from the time of the Lord’s ascension to the time of His coming back by expounding the prophetic significances of the seven churches in the book of Revelation. His exposition includes historical details about the development of the church and spiritual insight into the true condition of the church.”

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