Bride of Christ

As followers of Christ, our primary calling is to abide in Him.  Apart from Him, we can do nothing.  In John 17, when Jesus prayed for us just before going to the cross, He prayed that we would be one with Him just as He is one with the Father.

Nothing on earth represents this communion with God, or unity with Him, quite like the marriage relationship.  In fact, that's exactly the analogy Paul makes in Ephesians 5.  He says:

31 For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. 32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:31-32)

Just as a wife is united with her husband in marriage and the two become one, we are united to Christ as His bride and our identity is now found in Him.  We are the bride of Christ!

This wouldn't be possible apart from the gospel.  In the Garden of Eden, our fellowship with God was broken and all of us share in this separation.  However, because of the good news of Jesus, all of us may now draw near to God because we have been cleansed of our sin (Hebrews 10:22, 1 John 1:9).

Listen to how John describes our future union with Christ:

Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. (John 19:7-8)

We are sinners who have been made saints.  We are made clean and united in purity to Christ.

This isn't something we do once a week on Sundays.  If a bride only spent an hour a week with her spouse, the relationship wouldn't last long.  Instead, we offer Him all of us for all of Him.  Daily, we submit to Christ as Lord over our lives and seek to honor Him as His bride.  We devote ourselves to living in the purity He has provided.  We listen to Him both through His Word and through prayer.  Sometimes we do this alone, and other times we gather in DNA Groups to encourage and pray for one another.  Weekly, we gather as His bride to honor Him and sing praises at our Sunday Gathering.  We share stories about who He is, what He's done, and what He's doing in us and through us. 

In all of this, we are seeking to commune with God as His bride, living out our new gospel identity in purity and faithfulness.