But the ones who believe the church is the bride of Christ cannot back it up with obvious scripture. But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage. Its good to question everything we are being taught. I have always been puzzled by the "Bride of Christ" doctrine. After all, the Word says that we don't marry in heaven in Luke I originally didn't think this verse had much to do with the "Bride of Christ" doctrine, yet, on second thought, maybe it does.
There is no limiting language in this scripture—if we won't be given in marriage in heaven, then can it even be possible to be married to Jesus, or anyone else for that matter, in the hereafter? My questioning began with the Scripture. You probably know the clergy or priests of the Roman Catholic Church "marries" their church, taking an oath to celebacy. As a result, the term "Bride of Christ" was eventually coined in relation to this practice.
Today, this concept and terminology has spilled over into our own fundamental Christian doctrines. Several years ago early '90s , there was a play called The Bride. This play told a story of how the church is the "Bride of Christ. It was a nice little drama, but it is unscriptural.
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However, the play helped engrain the "Bride of Christ" doctrine in the public consciousness. It just sounds nice. But just because the doctrine sounds good doesn't mean its God. Don't believe a thing just because it makes sense at first glance. If its not clearly in the Word, it is not so. As we have established, the notion that we are the "Bride of Christ" is an inference.
Building doctrines on inferences will mess us up and get us off the truth. This is the reason the Jones followers got off and drank the kool-aid. I don't know about you, but I'm not going with any doctrine that is inferred. For example, it can be inferred that the baptism of the Holy Spirit was for the early church only, and that God doesn't operate that way today.
For centuries the church, by and large, had been robbed of the comfort, revelation, ability, and power found in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I'm glad we don't believe that's true anymore. Also consider that "the church" once believed women shouldn't be in ministry or pastoring or in any leadership positions. That misconception came from inferences as well. I take the Word literally for what it says unless it specifically says otherwise.
For instance, Jesus told many stories that had meanings and were similes. Before He told His stories, He always led the listeners know He was about to tell a parable. We don't accept those inferences about baptism or women in the ministry as truth anymore, and we shouldn't. Neither should we accept inferences in regards to the "Bride of Christ" teaching. To comment on this article, you must sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. REV "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him : for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
I go to prepare a place for you. JN 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and recieve you unto Myself ; that where I am , there you may be also. In My Father's House are many mansions if it were not so, I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you. I will come, and recieve you unto Myself that where I am, there you may be also. This leads to rejecting grace under the New Covenant and what Jesus accomplished on the cross for all of us.
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Adding to definition number 2 I would point out there are many Christians who have accepted Jesus and at the same time struggle with drunkenness, smoking, drugs, lusts of the flesh etc. Lets just say for a minute that smoking is a sin. Christian smokers willfully smoke. The very fact that a person lifts their arm to their mouth with a cigarette is an act of their will. They have to "will" their arm to move it there. Am I right?argo-karaganda.kz/scripts/nybotud/2302.php
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Does this mean they can't be forgiven? Of course not! Don't be ridiculous! That is just plain stupid! Or what about the Christian who is struggling with certain addictions? They commit those sins deliberately. Does that mean they can't be forgiven either? Of course not.
Its a foolish thing to think that God's grace is not sufficient enough to forgive in any of these cases. I would also like to add that almost any sin committed after becoming a Christian is an act of one's will.
If this is the case then not one person who is a Christian can be forgiven under the idea that there is no longer a sacrifice available to us to be forgiven if we "sin willfully" as some have so stated in their comments here. So then, in Hebrews 10, Paul meant "sin willfully" is to reject the truth of Jesus being the ultimate and final "for once and for all" sacrifice. The OT sacrifices of those priests are null and void now. Theirs "no longer" work to cover sins.
Only Jesus' sacrifice works and works and keeps on working, to forever and ever and ever wash away all sins. Of cource if one does not believe in Christ how would they understand they have His grace. This is the foundation of Christ's church that He built.
It's Grace. Understanding that Jesus did what we could never do, and that means being perfect. But the blind will never understand this. There are far to many churches out there that overlap the Old and New Covenants and build a doctrine that the bride of Christ is the Church. This is a alian concept to them. And because of this people will cotinue to use verses in both the Old and New Testament to TRY and support their bride of Christ is the Church doctrine.
Trying to get them to understand God's grace is like trying to lead a tree to water. I say to all of us that we have to read the entire letter Paul wrote to see what it is that he is talking about.
We can't just jump on one passage and think we know what its really saying. Also continue on through the end of chapter 10 and chapter This entire discussion is about the Old Covenant vs the New, living by works vs Faith. Paul's discussion to Hebrews on this topic is attempting to explain that under the New Covenant Jesus was the sacrifice "once and for all". They were having trouble believing it. So, they rejected the New Covenant and went back to the Old Covenant. They were willfully sinning by rejecting the New Covenant of grace. Before Jesus was sacrificed, the sacrifices the priests made under Mosaic law happened once a year.
Those sacrifices covered all the sins of the people for the year only.
This had to be done once a year. But since Jesus had been sacrificed there was no need for the priest to perform their sacrifices annually anymore. It was a new day, a New Covenant had been born! Things don't work the same anymore. Jesus had been the last sacrifice.