The Earthly Bride and her Heavenly Bridegroom
- Category: Spiritual Devotion and Service
- Written by Johan Malan
The true church of Christ is not only described as His disciples and witnesses but also as His bride. All these capacities oblige Christians to live holy and fulfil their upward call in a dedicated way. The command towards sanctification is closely related to our position as the bride of Christ. Paul writes to the church in Corinth: “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Cor. 11:2-3). We should take care that sin does not enter into our lives in the form of growing cold in our love, fleshliness, or spiritual deception. These things can only be averted if we faithfully observe our calling as members of the bridal church of Jesus Christ. Make sure that you have a testimony of both justification and sanctification.