Restoration of the Bride(Pt.1)


In this new year I believe we need to consider a subject that is very dear to the heart of God. . . namely, the restoring of the Bride of Christ in this hour. Women have often symbolized the true Bride or a false Bride in the scriptures. There are times that God will describe His people as being wounded or sick spiritually. For example, the prophet Isaiah wrote, “Your whole head is injured and your whole heart afflicted. From the sole of your foot to the top of your head, there is no soundness, only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with olive oil.(Isaiah 1:5b-6 NIV)” Later, wehear his plaintive cry: “But this is a people robbed and spoiled. They are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses. They are for a prey, and none delivereth. . for a spoil, and none saith ‘Restore’.”(Isaiah 42:22 KJV)

This brings me to the story found in Matthew’s Gospel. It is the story of the woman who had suffered for twelve long years at the hands of the physicians,but was not cured (Read Matthew 9:20-22). I suggest that this woman is a picture of what is happening to God’s Bride, His Church, in many places today. She has suffered from a chronic condition (spiritually speaking) of an “issue of blood”. The scriptures remind us that “the life of the flesh is in the blood”(Lev.17:11).

If we liken this woman to the Church’s condition in many parts of our nation and the world, there is much loss of life in the Body. Recently, I have spoken to many of God’s people who would describe the lack of vigor, strength, the true sense of God’s presence having “gone out” of His house. “Where has the life and power of God gone?” And “What can we do to get it back?” These are not your casual Christians, but honest and hungry hearts who love God. The truth is that there are many “issues” that keep His Bride from being what Jesus ordained His Bride to be in this hour.

But we will stay with the story of the woman with the issue of blood for the moment. When a woman under Old Covenant law was in this condition, she was said to be “unclean” and therefore was isolated and not to be in contact with others. Let us understand that in addition to the isolation, in this condition, she would have been unfruitful, unable to become pregnant. In the Jewish culture ofthat day no woman wanted to be unfruitful or barren. She was considered under a curse if she could not have children. Hence Rachel’s cry, “Give me children lest I die!” May, I say, by way of spiritual application, that as long as there are “issues of blood”, the Lord Jesus cannot come to His Bride.

The Lord Jesus had John write, “To the angel of the church in Sardis write:‘These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead’ (Revelation 3:1 NIV)”. I fear this is a description of many churches in the land today. They are still carrying on with religious “business as usual”. They may have had a reputation at one time for being a place full of God’s life, but now…they are dead. They have become unfruitful. When the LORD God comes to His house, He always desires not only gifts, but fruitfulness. “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:8 NIV)

Recall the story of Rachel, in Genesis 35, who sat down and wouldn’t stand to honor her father, Laban, when he came into her tent, under the pretense that she was having her monthly cycle. When in fact, she was hiding “house idols” she had stolen from her father’s house. If you follow her story from there, you will discover that she did not make it to her inheritance. Being a short distance from Ephrath (which in Hebrew means “fruitful”), she died along the way. Jacob knew likewise that if he was going to get back to his inheritance, and walk under God’s covenant blessing and protection that he and his family must “Get rid of the idols”. You can’t move forward in this hour into your inheritance if there are “house idols” among your stuff.

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