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The bride is those who love Jesus...those who obey His Word...Those who have made themselves ready to be the bride.Is the bride of Christ Israel ?
Is the bride of Christ Israel ?
Hello @Dave M.1 Peter 2:9-10
'But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people;
that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God:
which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.'
' Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt;
because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord;
I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:'
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
'And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
The answer to my question, is the bride of Christ Israel, Jew and Gentile are fellow brothers and saints all part of the same body of Christ, why do so many make a distinction in their theology when it seems over and over and over again in God word it says there is no distinction.
hi Chris thanks for you reply, wondering if you could point the difference in inheritances ? and what do you do with the following scriptureGod makes distinction between the Church which is Christ's Body, the Bride, the Lamb's Wife, and with Israel itself, for they have differing inheritances,
Hello @Dave M,hi Chris thanks for you reply, wondering if you could point the difference in inheritances ? and what do you do with the following scripture
Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.
Don't forget too, Eph 2 where God tells us how He is making of the Two peoples, One new man, You may want to read that chapter.Hello @Dave M.
The only place that there is no difference made between Jew and Gentile is 'in Christ'.
In Romans 10:12 that you reference, it says that there 'no difference' in regard to the fact that 'all have sinned and come short of the glory of God', and that the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him for salvation, So there is therefore 'no difference' in regard to the salvation of the individual who calls upon God for salvation. Praise God!
Yet God makes the distinction between Jew and Gentile throughout the Scriptures, for Israel is never to be counted among the nations, it is a nation apart, and must always remain so (Numbers 23:9). In Colossians 3:10-11, that you also reference, it is in relation to the new man, or the new nature that we receive 'in Christ' that there is neither Greek nor Jew etc., for Christ is indeed all and in all as Head of the Church which is His Body.
God makes distinction between the Church which is Christ's Body, the Bride, the Lamb's Wife, and with Israel itself, for they have differing inheritances, hopes and blessings associated with them; so to put them all together and deny any difference is to deprive ourselves of so much truth and insight into the wondrous mercy, love and grace of God, as it is expressed in these separate callings.
So, in answer to your question:- No, the Bride is not Israel, but it is called 'out of' Israel.
In Christ Jesus
'That at that time ye were without Christ,Don't forget too, Eph 2 where God tells us how He is making of the Two peoples, One new man, You may want to read that chapter.
Dave, Ol Dave Please reread that scripture.....Prepared as/like a bride does not make her a bride....That is a comparison there. I'll take the time to show you that the bride is not Israel, not the new Jerusalem, but is the One new man mentioned inRevelation 21:2
And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
The New Jerusalem
9 Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, 11having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed— 13on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
the bride seems to be the New Jerusalem with the names of the Apostles and the tribes of Israel written on the walls and the gates. Interesting
Hmmm No, Dave, it would be better if you did the study....Eph 2:15 is the only direct mention of the one new man...but its all through the New Covenant....Treasure Hunt!!! Go for it Dave!! Carefully and prayerfully...It will be seen by the revelation of the Holy Spirit.Dave, Ol Dave Please reread that scripture.....Prepared as/like a bride does not make her a bride....That is a comparison there. I'll take the time to show you that the bride is not Israel, not the new Jerusalem, but is the One new man mentioned in
Ephesians 2:13-17 King James Version (KJV)
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
Ephesians 2:13-17 CJB
13 But now, you who were once far off have been brought near through the shedding of the Messiah’s blood. 14 For he himself is our shalom — he has made us both one and has broken down the m’chitzah which divided us 15 by destroying in his own body the enmity occasioned by the Torah, with its commands set forth in the form of ordinances. He did this in order to create in union with himself from the two groups a single new humanity and thus make shalom, 16 and in order to reconcile to God both in a single body by being executed on a stake as a criminal and thus in himself killing that enmity.
For the husband is the head of the wife,This passage is posted above in other translations, but this puts plainly for me.
Eph 5:23; For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.
Eph 5:24; But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.
Eph 5:25; Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,
Eph 5:26; so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
Eph 5:27; that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.
Rev 21:2; And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.
I don't think the church building or the building of the New Jerusalem is "the bride". I think it's the people inside these places. (believers/Christians)
Note that neither place has "Jews only".
Rev 21:27; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
Hello @Dave M,can you expand on this, a "different hope"
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