the bride of Christ fallacy

the bride of Christ fallacy

 

The church is not “the bride of Christ“.

There is no passage in the entire bible that can expressly identify the church as the bride of Christ. So, what is the identity of the church? The bible repeatedly identified the church or assembly as “The Body of Christ”.  there is abundant of passages that expressed that:

“Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” 1 Cor. 12:27
“For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” Rom. 12:4-5
“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.” 1 Cor. 12:12
“That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.” 1 Cor. 12:25-26
“And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” Eph. 1:22-23
“There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling.” Eph. 4:4
‘And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” Eph. 4:11-13
“For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.” Eph. 5:29-30
“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” Col. 1:18
“Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church.” Col. 1:24

According to the Scriptures is the body of Christ, male or female? because of improper application of the rules of interpretations, many have taken passages out of their own context and have com up with the fallacy of the church as “female”. But, where are the passages that proves that the church is refer as “male”? the following passage directly mentioned the church as “male”:

“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.” Eph. 2:14-15
“For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we (the body of Christ) all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect MAN, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” Eph. 4:12-13

There’s no direct reference in the entire bible in which the church is identified as “female”. so, if the church is not the bride, who is then? who in the bible is identified as “the bride of Christ”? the answer is found in the book of Revelation 21:

“And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I WILL SHEW THEE THE BRIDE, THE LAMB’S WIFE.” V. 9

An angel shown John the identity of the bride of Christ. The next passage detail the bride:

“And he (The angel) carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that GREAT CITY, THE HOLY JERUSALEM, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and HER (Female) light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.” V. 10

Besides Rev. 22:17 and the passages above, there is no other reference in the Scripture about the bride.

“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come.’

If we forced other passages to identify the church as the bride, we are no different that the false religions that had twisted the meaning of a passage. we should know netter that that.

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