The phrase “The Bride Of Christ” or “The Lamb’s Wife” refers to a collection of connected Bible scriptures from the Gospels, Revelation, the Epistles, and similar Old Testament verses. Jesus Christ is sometimes referred to be the bridegroom, implying the bride.
The Church has been referred to as Jesus Christ’s bride for more than 1500 years now. However, there are cases where each church interprets the usage of this term differently. The majority of people think it invariably means the church.
What Does It Mean By Jesus Is the Bridegroom?
John The Baptist referred to himself as Jesus Christ’s friend, who is the bridegroom. He said “The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete” (John 3:29).
Christ also called himself the bridegroom when he was heavily criticized for not enforcing the level of fasting that was practiced by the Pharisees saying “The attendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast” (Matthew 9:15).
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What Does It Mean That the Church Is the Bride of Christ?
What does it really mean when we say the Church is the bride of Jesus Christ? The Apostle Paul went on to explain this mystery after giving instructions to all believers’ husbands and wives in Ephesians 5:25-32:
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way, husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.”