Applying the Lord’s Rich Supply for the Preparation of the Bride (2)

New JerusalemThe Lord begins each letter in Revelation 2–3 by describing who and 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 cooperate with Him for the preparation of His bride. This continues the prior post.

• [He] “who became dead and lived again” (2:8):  The Lord is the resurrection (John 11:25) and death cannot hold Him (Acts 2:24). Through death, He destroyed the power of death and released us who were enslaved in the fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-15). Lord, keep us daily in Your victory over death.

• “He who has the sharp two-edged sword” (2:12):  This sword is His word (Hebrews 4:12), which is “living and operative” and “piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit” and “able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Lord, may Your living word operate in me every day to divide and to discern that I may grow in You.

• “The Son of God” (2:18):  Our Lord Jesus is the God-man. As the Son of God, His divinity transcends all human limitations. He is unsearchable, immeasurable (Ephesians 3:8). There is so much more of Him for us to see, experience, and live out. Lord, bring us into fresh aspects of Your unlimitedness. Never leave us content with what we have already seen and tasted.

• “He who has eyes like a flame of fire” (2:18):  The Lord’s eyes are for looking into everything, including us. When He sees something that does not match His nature, the flame of fire will consume it to purify us. Then He will supply us with more of Himself. Lord, I open to Your searching. Purify me!

Through praying to apply what the Lord has revealed about Himself, He operates in us to prepare us for the marriage of the Lamb in Revelation 19:7, a marriage that continues eternally in New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:2, 9-10).

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  1. I really was enlightened by the point that “by receiving and applying what the Lord is, we cooperate with Him for the preparation of His bride.” I am reminded that in Song of Songs, Solomon’s lover (typifying us as the Lord’s lovers) described the beauty of her beloved (5:10-16). Then Solomon as the beloved (typifying the Lord as our Bridegroom) considered her the most beautiful among women. After this he called her his Shulammite (6:12), the feminine form of Solomon. She was transformed to be the same as he is, to match him for their marriage. It is the same with us today. As we’re enjoying all the items of what Christ is, we are being transformed to be His bride.

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    • Song of Songs is a good picture of preparing the bride. The seeker is transformed from a mare among Pharaoh’s chariots (v. 1:9) to Shulammite.

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