Applying the Lord’s Rich Supply for the Preparation of the Bride (1)

New JerusalemRevelation 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.”
This post continues from
Preparation of the Bride in the Churches.

Revelation chapters 2–3 record the Lord’s speaking to the seven churches. For each church, the Lord begins the letter by describing what He is. The Lord ends each letter by telling us to hear what the Spirit says to all the churches, both then and now. By receiving and applying what the Lord is, we are cooperating with Him for the preparation of His bride. In this post I begin looking at what the Lord says about Himself to meet our need.

• He who holds the seven stars in His right hand (2:1):  The Lord holds the shining messengers of the churches in His hand. He also desires that every believer be shining (Philippians 2:12-16). Responding to Philippians, we can pray, Lord, grant me the cooperation with Your inner operation so that I may shine You forth.

• He who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands (2:1):  The Lord is in the heavens interceding for us (Hebrews 7:25) and on earth walking among the churches. Thank Him for His care for us. Lord, keep us with the churches among which You walk.

• [He who is] the First and the Last (2:8):  Our Lord is First and Last. Nothing is outside His control. Despite all the changes and turmoil in the world, nothing is beyond Him. He is the universal limit to everything. Because of what He is and has done, we have an anchor of hope (Hebrews 6:18-20). Praise Him!

Through our praying and receiving all that the Lord is, He operates in us to prepare the bride for the marriage of the Lamb in Revelation 19:7, a marriage that continues eternally in New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:2, 9-10).

Photo of Ireland by Toby Shelton.

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  1. Christ as the First and the Last is the universal limit to everything – this is encouraging! Surely to the suffering believers in the church in Smyrna this was a word of encouragement and consolation.


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