The Bride of Christ


The Bride of Christ


Introduction

by the late

Doug Mitchell


"Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God." Rev. 21:9,10.

"Clearly, then, the bride represents the holy city, and the virgins that go out to meet the bridegroom (Mat. 25) are a symbol of the church. In the Revelation the people of God are said to be guests at the marriage supper. If guests, they cannot also be represented as the bride.Great Controversy, p. 426,427.

Seeing that God's people (the church) are portrayed as guests at the supper, and as virgins waiting as part of the bridal processionwho then is the bride? When the apostle Paul, in 2 Cor. 11:2, speaks of his having "espoused" the believers to Christ "as a (not, as the) chaste virgin," he is using figurative language, and is not speaking literally. In the Revelation, though, the situation is not the same. The apostle John is writing in symbolical, not figurative, language, of the Bride, the Holy City. The City is a symbol of Someone, or something, literal. In Rev. 21:12-14, it is written that the wall of the city has twelve gates and twelvefoundations which have written on them the names of the twelve tribes of Israel, and of the twelve apostles, respectively. The wall surrounds the City. Though the wall contains the city, it is not the City itself. You can take away the wall, with its foundations and gates, and the City, that is surrounded by the wall, still exists as a separate entity.

From the first chapters of Genesis, to the final chapters of the Revelation, God has used the male - female relationship known as marriage to show forth profound truths. That which was revealed in the creation of Adam and Eve, and their relationships with each other, was a revelation of the truth of the Godhead (Rom. 1:20), for, "GOD said, Let US make man in OUR IMAGE, after OUR LIKENESS... So GOD created man in his OWN IMAGE; in the IMAGE OF GOD created he him, MALE AND FEMALE created he them." Gen. 1:26,27. Even the word that is translated "God" in these verses, and in many other places throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, shows a "marriage" relationship; in that the word elohim (Gods), in Hebrew, is a feminine based word, eloah, with a masculine plural ending, im. If the Gods (if the word is plural in Hebrew, there is no reason to translate it as singular) had wanted to express the idea of an all male Godhead, the word to use would beelim; for el is the masculine singular word for "God," as eloah is the feminine singular form of the same word (which should be translated "Goddess"). But this word, elim, occurs only twice in the Bible, while elohim occurs hundreds of times. Hence, the writers of the holy Scriptures were inspired to use the family image as portrayed in the word elohim, with much greater frequency because God wanted to reveal that the male/female image, marriage, was Their true image and likeness.

The Scriptures, both the Old and the New Testaments, are replete with images of the Bride. The author, Lois Roden, in the following presentation, has, by the grace of God through the Holy Ghost (with the aid of the two Divine Guides in life, the Bible and nature), been privileged to unravel for us this most mysterious truth of the Bride of Christ. The following studies first appeared as a series of monthly field letters in mid-to-late 1986, just prior to Mrs. Roden's falling asleep in the Lord in November of 1986. Due to some very trying circumstances at the time of their original publication, the studies were not properly proofread for spelling, punctuation, or sentence structure, as was the normal procedure for Mrs. Roden's works. It was her wish to combine all of the different parts of the Bride of Christ into one book. In this presentation of her studies, the original format has been retained, and the only changes that have been made are minor errors not affecting the thought presented.

The publishers are not currently aware of a PART FOUR of this series. We believe that PART FIVE was issued before PART FOUR was finished for publication. Time will tell (which was one of Mrs. Roden's favorite sayings). It may be noted that at the end of PART FIVE it reads, "to be continued." And so it remains.

The truth of this matter is simple, yet it's complex in its ramification. It can be seen in the very Name by which the Gods (ha elohim) chose to be known; that is the four consonant name YHWH. In this representation of four charactersYHWHin number, by only three different characters, YH, and W, the story is told. This and other aspects relative to the presentation, will be presented in the Publisher's Review following the main presentation, along with a list of other free publications on this topic by the author. So, with humble and prayerful hearts may we proceed to behold...













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