Beware How You Address The Bride

Posted: April 5, 2014 by revivalbiblestudy315 in Bible Study
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The true church is not immune to sin and can become entangled for a time in worldly affairs. Likewise, the true believer will struggle against sin and may fall grievously. However, neither the true church nor the true believer lives a life marked by the godlessness and immortalities of this age. A rose by any other name is still a rose because it bears the characteristics of a rose regardless of the name it is given. However, a thistle is still a thistle, even if it is called a rose. We must make a distinction between those who publicly identify themselves with Christ and His church, and those who truly are Christians and members of Christ’s body.
Based upon this truth, the “prophets” who rail against the church should use caution in their evaluation and in the manner by which they address her. We should not blame the sheep for the deeds of goats, nor should we burn down the wheat field because of the tare. Furthermore, is it not a fearful thing to address the bride of Christ as Sodom and Gomorra or to insult her as a prostitute? It is true that such language is used in the Old Testament with regard to the nation of Israel, but we must remember that God was primarily addressing an unregenerate people whose hearts were made hostile stone and whose deeds were often worse than those of the pagans around them. However, no one should use such hard language against the true church, the bride of Christ. No respectable man would stand idly by while another railed accusations of infidelity, uncleanness, and whoredom against his wife. Do we think that Christ would tolerate such treatment of His dear bride? Though we must tell her of her sin, we must never forget whom we are addressing and to whom she belongs.
For this reason, the New Testament prophets are told to speak to the church for “edification and exhortation and comfort” (1 Cor. 14:3). They are not instructed to rail against her for crimes she has not committed or to insult her with words unfit for the coarsest and most unrefined among us. We should be jealous for the church with a “godly jealously,” but our esteem for her position as the bride of Christ ought to temper the fire in our tongues (2 Cor. 11:2). We should do all within our power to present the church to Christ as a pure virgin. However, we must take care never to overpower her or treat her roughly.

~ Paul Washer, “The Gospel Call and True Conversion” page 133-134

  1. I agree that the bride of CHRIST in the flesh would still stumble upon sin. I believe when we are in our glorified bodies, by then it would be a sinless body completely infused with the HOLY SPIRIT and never sin anymore.

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