The Bride of Christ - Part 1



THE BRIDE OF CHRIST - PART 1

 

NEW MOON

May 10, 1986


"As the worker studies the life of Christ, and the character of His Mission is dwelt upon, EACH FRESH SEARCH will reveal something more deeply interesting than has yet been unfolded. The subject is inexhaustible. The study of the incarnation of Christ, His atoning sacrifice, and mediatorial work will employ the mind AS LONG AS TIME SHALL LAST." Gospel Workers, p. 251.

"That God should thus be manifest in the flesh, is indeed a mystery; and WITHOUT THE HELP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT we cannot hope to comprehend the subject. The most humbling lesson that man has to learn is the nothingness of human wisdom, and the folly of trying, by his own UNAIDED EFFORTS, to find out God!!"Review and Herald, April 5, 1906. THE MESSAGE HERE IS THAT WITH THE AID OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, WE CAN UNDERSTAND THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST.

"This is a great mystery, a mystery that will not be fully, completely, understood in all its greatness UNTIL THE TRANSLATION of the REDEEMED (Wavesheaf) shall take place. Then the power and greatness and efficacy of the gift of God to man will be understood. But the enemy is determined that this GIFT shall be so MYSTIFIED that it will become AS NOTHINGNESS!" Seventh Day Adventist Bible Commentary, Vol. 5, p. 1113.

"The more we think about Christ becoming a babe here on earth, the more wonderful it appears. How can it be that the helpless babe in Bethlehem's manger is STILL THE DIVINE SON OF GOD? Though we cannot understand it, we can believe that He who made the worlds, for our sakes became a helpless babe. Though higher than any of the angels, though as great as the Father on the throne of heaven He became one with us. In Him, God and man BECAME ONE, and it is in this fact that we find the hope of our fallen race. Looking upon Christ IN THE FLESH, WE LOOK UPON GOD IN HUMANITY, (Adam and Eve) and see in Him the brightness of divine GLORY (Spirit – Fem.); the express image of God, the Father (male and female –Gen. 1:26,27; 5:1,2)." Youth Instructor, Nov. 21, 1895.

THE "BRIDE" OF CHRIST

"There are LIGHT and GLORY in the TRUTH that Christ was ONE with the Father BEFORE the foundation of the world was laid. This is a light shining in a dark place (our world), making it resplendent with divine, original glory. This TRUTH, infinitely mysterious in itself, EXPLAINS OTHER mysterious and otherwise unexplainable TRUTHS, while it is enshrined in light, unapproachable and incomprehensible." Review and Herald, April 5, 1906 p. 8. Except it be understood in the light of Rom. 1:20.

"The King of the Universe (the ETERNAL Father) summoned the heavenly hosts before Him, that in their presence He might set forth the true POSITION of His SON, and show the relation He sustained to all created beings. The Son of God shared the Father's throne, AND THE GLORY OF THE ETERNAL self-existent ONE (The Holy Spirit) ENCIRCLED BOTH." Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 36.

However much a Shepherd may love his sheep, he loves his SONS AND DAUGHTERS more. Jesus is not only our Shepherd; He is our "EVERLASTING FATHER"; Heb. 1; Isa. 9:6; Mic. 5:2. And He says, "I know Mine own, and Mine own know Me; even as the Father knoweth Me, and I know the Father." John 10:14,15 RV.

"WHAT A STATEMENT IS THIS! -- the only 'BEGOTTEN SON,' He who is in the BOSOM of the Father, He whom God hath declared to be 'the Man that is My fellow' (Zec. 13:7), -- the communion between Him (the Son) and the ETERNAL God (His Father) is taken to represent the communion between CHRIST (the Everlasting Father – Isa. 9:6) and His CHILDREN ON EARTH (born of the Holy Ghost)." Review and Herald,1906.

Therefore, according to the Scriptures, we can see clearly, by the power of the Holy Ghost, in the story of the Creation of Adam and Eve, that God (Elohim, Heb. – plural) is Male and Female. Gen. 1:26,27; 5:1,2, TWO Adams – male and female made in the image of at least two Persons called "God."

"And God said, let us (Father and Holy Spirit, the Son and His Spirit (Holy Ghost), four, make MANKIND in OUR IMAGE, after OUR likeness; let THEM have complete authority over the fish of the sea... (Heb. 11:3;1:2; Ps. 104:30).

"So God (Elohim) created man in his own IMAGE AND LIKENESS of God created He him; MALE and FEMALE created He THEM (an EARTHLY FATHER, Adam, and MOTHER, Eve, in Their Heavenly Image). And God blessed THEM and said unto THEM (both)...have dominion..." Gen. 1:26-28.


THEIR CREATION – a Review

"But there went up a mist (a fog – vapor) from the land and watered the whole surface of the ground.

"THEN the Lord God (Elohim – plural, Mas. Fem.) FORMED man of the dust of the ground, (first) and (then) breathed into his nostrils the breath (or spirit of life); and man BECAME a LIVING SOUL.

The FIRST Adam's creation prefigured that of the Second Adam, the only begotten Son of God in the flesh (of Mary, also an earthen vessel), away from Paradise, the HEAVENLY Eden, OUTSIDE the Garden of God – in the earth; even as Adam was formed outside the EARTHLY Garden of Eden.

"And God planted a garden toward the east in Eden (meaning delight); and there he put the man whom He had formed (framed constituted).

"And the Lord God (Elohim) took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and guard and keep it.

"Now the Lord God said, it is not good (sufficient, satisfactory) that the man should be alone; I will make him a helpmeet (suitable, adapted, COMPLETING) for him." Gen. 2:6-8,15,18,21-24. By these verses it is clear that Eve was NOT created in the SAME PLACE or in the SAME MANNER as was Adam, though he was made in the image of God, Male and Female (his rib) as one person. Therefore, the lesson shows that the SECOND Adam was to be revealed FIRST as ONE PERSON in the flesh, in the image of God who is male and female, and that upon his return to Paradise, the HEAVENLY Eden, His helpmeet (Bride) would be revealed, as Eve (Adam's Spirit – feminine self) was brought forth from his side IN the EARTHLY Garden of Eden.

"And the Lord caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and while he slept he took one of his ribs -- a part of his side -- and closed up the (place with) flesh instead of it." Gen. 2:21 Amplified Version. The FIRST Adam's sleep (he later died because of sin) was a TYPE of the SECOND Adam's death (sleep) that was to bring forth His Bride (Rib).

"And the rib or part of his side which the Lord God had taken from the man, He built up and made into a woman and brought her to the Man (as his equal).

"Then Adam said, This (creature) is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. She shall be called WOMAN because she was taken OUT OF MAN." Gen. 2:23. NOTICE, Eve was made of LIVING flesh and bone in the Garden of Eden, the EARTHLY THRONE of God. The FIRST Adam symbolically died (slept), prefiguring the death of the second Adam; so that the Lord God could reveal His Bride, a part of Him – flesh (blood) and Spirit (water) – in the HEAVENLY Eden – throne of God in Paradise; "and SHE shall be called God, because she was taken OUT OF The Second ADAM, CHRIST."

"But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear and immediately BLOOD and WATER came (flowed) out. That the Scripture (Zec. 12:10) might be fulfilled..." John 19:34-36.

Two separate symbolic streams gushed forth from the Saviour's side, one of blood (flesh), and another of water (Spirit); signifying in the first instance, His human (flesh and blood) and His DIVINE nature (Spirit – water), and secondly, the division of Himself, like the FIRST Adam, to reveal His Spirit – self, The Holy Ghost, His Bride.

"And when Jesus had CRIED out with a LOUD VOICE..." Luke 23:46.

It was the appointed time that He should be crucified through weakness. (2 Cor. 13:4) But like the dying martyrs who had such visions of coming Glory before breathing their last, as to impart to them STRENGTH to UTTER a MESSAGE to wondering ONLOOKERS; just so, the MIGHTY VOICE of the dying Redeemer was another example of one Who received strength for the final exultant shout of victory, even in death as recorded by Luke, "FATHER, INTO THY HANDS I COMMEND MY SPIRIT." This was His MESSAGE to us who look upon His suffering – to bring forth THE TRUTH of the HOLY GHOST (John 14:16,26; 15:26; 16:7,13-16). His Soul, the Holy Ghost, emerged from Its mysterious horrors. The Son of God yields up into His Father's hands His infinitely precious Spirit (Ps. 31:5). "This COMFORTER (John 14:26 – in His name) is the Holy (Ghost) Spirit, the SOUL of His (Christ's) LIFE."Review and Herald, Vol. 5, p. 42.

His cry, "It is finished," was his last, "and He bowed His head and gave up the (Holy) Ghost." John 19:20-30.

© Charles Pace 2016