The Bride and why God made us
What’s the point of our existence? Why are we here? French philosopher Paul-Henri Thiry once stammered: “…If it’s the last thing I do on earth, I’m going to find out why God put me here in the first place!” That statement likely applies to many of us. Cosmologists (i.e., philosophers) spend a lot of time doing "high-falutin" thinking about why we’re here. We don’t need to be philosophers who write books that only other philosophers can even begin to understand. For the rest of us, the Bible tells us what we need to know. Our starting point: The Bride of Christ.
Who is the Bride?
The Bible reports that Jesus wants a bride (read: God’s Church) to share an intimate relationship with Him (Rev 19:9). Scripture does not tell us how or why the idea of the bride was conceived, but it does tell us that He will indeed rejoice over us as His Bride. Scripture does make it clear that God’s church - Jesus’ bride – consists of those who have been saved.
The Bride and Salvation
The doctrine of salvation states that we are declared perfect and righteous when we are saved. To be sure, one of the properties of those who are saved is that they are faithful (Ps 37:28). Isaiah 1:26 says: “… you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City." Psalm 101:6 tells us “…My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me..."
In order for us to be judged righteous and perfect and have the capacity to be faithful, Jesus’ death and resurrection paved the way for salvation to be possible. Next time, we will examine how free will, choice, and God’s sovereignty are fundamental ingredients in God's plan to create us to become Jesus bride.
The First of the "Walk Model" Series
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