Restoration of the Bride(Pt. 3)

Weddings in the scriptures (and in many parts of the world today) are very elaborate affairs. It’s not merely the choosing of the dates, the place, and sending out the invitations. In addition to the Bride choosing her bridal gown, attendees, etc…there was the “search” on part of the Bridegroom for his bride to be. This may take a considerable amount of time, effort and the families’ coming to an agreement as to the acceptable terms for the bride’s hand in marriage. Take for example the story of Abraham searching for a bride for his son, Isaac.

In Genesis 24, we read, “Abraham was now old and well advanced in years, and the LORD had blessed him in every way. He said to the chief servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had, ‘Put your hand under my thigh. I want you to swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living, but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac”(Genesis 24:1-4).

Abraham, a beautiful picture of God the Father, is very particular as to whom his son should marry. God has ordained that His Son, Jesus Christ, should have a Bride suitable for Him. We note that Eliezer, the chief servant, could be likened unto the Holy Spirit sent into the world to draw men unto Christ, to make Him known to those who have faith. “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said that the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you”(John 16:13-15 NIV).

Where is the chief servant to find Isaac’s bride? Among the family of Abraham, not among the Canaanites. Not any old bride will do. They must come from the family of faith. They must be compatible to and have the family “DNA”. Today, there is much that is compromised in the walk of God’s people. Too much of the world and her ways are “acceptable” norms among God’s family. John the apostle wrote to the church of Thyatira, “These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze: ‘I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality ….I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer…unless they repent of their ways”(Rev. 2:18-22 NIV). Jesus our Bridegroom’s eyes burn with jealousy for His Bride , the Church, that she be pure and undefiled from the world.

Again, John wrote, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes, and the boasting of what he has and does—come not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever”(1 Jn. 2:15-17)

Like Abraham’s chief servant, the Holy Spirit has been sent into the world to find a bride for the Father’s son. How will he know which one is the true bride? If you read Genesis 24 you will discover some unmistakable traits of the bride, Rebekah:

(1) She had a servant’s attitude (Gen. 24:40-46). She was willing to water the servant’s camels, which was no easy task , but it was a labor of love. Jesus looks for those who model the heart like His of servanthood. In the kingdom of God greatness is modeled by service for others. (2) She received not only gifts, but an abundant of precious things(Gen. 24:52-53). Gifts are wonderful, but the inner beauty of the heart is even more desirable in a bride. (3) She loved Isaac, not because she had seen him, but because of what she had heard about him (Gen. 24:55-60). A true hallmark of the true Bride of Christ is “We love Him Whom we’ve not seen”(Read1 Pet. 1:8-9 NIV ). It requires the eye of faith. We believe not for what He gives us, but for what we are becoming in Him. John wrote, “Dear friends, now we are the children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure”(1 Jn. 3:2-3 NIV). Selah.

Copyright© Walter Fletcher Jr., 2011. Permission is granted to reproduce this article free of charge, provided that it is not altered in its original form and content. Please direct all correspondence to walterfletcherjr@gmail.com

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