The Bride (of Christ)

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. Eph 5:25-28

This isn’t necessarily about husbands and wives today, it’s about the church.
However Paul makes the comparison between the marriage team and the church.
What I want to point out is the type of church Christ wants to present to Himself.

A glorious church!
I remember when Linda appeared in the door of the church as I stood up front with the preacher and my best man. She was beautiful. She was glorious. And she was mine and I was hers – we belong to each other and no one else!

Not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing.
Linda and I are fashioned for each other. Early in our relationship we just began to explore this. Neither of us smoke, drink, do drugs, nor have vices that would repulse the other. I would not and did not choose a bride that was addicted to such things.

That she should be holy.
Holy means consecrated to God. Consecrated means dedicated to a special purpose.
I believe both of us dedicated ourselves to a special purpose to each other – to establish a family, a home, and become a working part of the community as a family.

Without blemish.
Linda and I are flawed, me more than her. Both of us carry the baggage of the generations that brought us here. Our personalities and characteristics contain the genetic material of our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on. Things you may not like about a family member can often show up in your spouse. Neither of us are without blemish!
But true love covers these blemishes.
As the Bible puts it love covers all sins. (Prov 10:12)

Christ loves you and gave Himself for you, to bring you to Himself just as a bride walking down the aisle.

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