[SW259] 12/02/2016 message notes by
Reverend Susan J. Wynn ©2016
“A Glorious Bride”
[These notes are brief. There is so much more in the video of this message! The links are to the right of this post, on my blog.]
Texts: Psalm 45, Ephesians 4 and 5.
Lord Jesus, You will take for Yourself a bride who has You inside, to the full!
Full of what? Full of Your glory — all glorious within!
Believer, are you all glorious within?
Verse 10 — Listen, My bride-to-be (the meaning of “daughter”)! This is My command to you. Give heed, give attention to Me. Incline your ear! Act upon what I am saying! Stop giving attention to the things of this world, and focus on Me. Set everything else aside. That is your preparation, O bride.
Verse 11 — Then you will be lovely in My sight. Bow down to Me, submit to me fully, offer yourself — all of you, all of your heart — on My altar as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing (Romans 12:1), and I will purify you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Verse 13 — And you will be all glorious within. You will be filled with My glory, my kabod, my weighty presence, my holiness, my magnificence. You will be a radiant and shining one, and nations will come to your light, and kings to the radiance of your shining (Isaiah 60:3)! You will be clothed on the inside, clothed with My work that I do in you, clothed on the inside with My purity (gold).
Verse 14 — Those who have prepared you for marriage to Me are also brides-to-be, and they will bring you to Me, clothed on the inside with My intricate work which I have done within you.
Verse 15 — They will bring you to Me with gladness and rejoicing, and will enter with you into the place I have prepared for you (John 14:3), the very mansions of God the Father!
Verse 16 — And while you wait for My coming, you will bear spiritual children who will wear what you wear. They also will be clothed on the inside, purified, holy and blameless!
Verse 17 — And you will cause My name to be remembered. You will be a memorial to Me, you will be My witnesses on the earth, and those who have eyes to see and ears to hear will give My Father and Me thanks forever and ever!
The bride must be prepared. Think of a natural wedding. The bride gets her hair and nails done, gets the perfect dress, has it tailored, buys shoes . . . all in preparation for marriage. A whole team of experts prepares her!
Likewise, to be prepared spiritually to be the spiritual bride of Jesus Christ, God gives you a Preparation Team. Who are they? Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers (see Ephesians 4:11-13). What is their ultimate goal? That you, the church, Christ’s bride:
— Would be equipped (perfected, in the Greek) to do the work God has prepared in advance for you to do.
— Would have God’s nature in you, in place of the sinful nature you were born with— that is the meaning of unity of the faith, in 4:12.
— Would know Christ intimately (again, 4:12).
— Would be full of Jesus Christ (4:13).
God’s Preparation Team preaches, exhorts, reproves, and corrects (2Timothy 4:2) the church, to bring her to this point.
Then, the bride has but one duty, having heard the truth which is in Christ. Obey His command to stay in the city until she is clothed on the inside with power from on high (Luke 24:49), wait for the promise of the Father (Acts 1:8). To do this, she must turn her attention to Christ and away from the world, and totally submit, humble herself, and bow down to Jesus Christ, to be that living sacrifice, holy and pleasing.
Jesus Christ will then respond, filling her with His Holy Spirit, His glory, His weightiness, His magnificence, His holiness. The result? She will have no spot or wrinkle, but will be holy and blameless (faultless to stand before the throne)!
Paul was part of God’s Preparation Team, and still is today. His Spirit-inspired words are just as effective and true today as when he wrote his letters that comprise a large part of the New Testament. here is what he said to the church at Corinth, where sin abounded and they accused Paul of not being an apostle —
2Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
“Let us” is not in the original Greek. Thus, the command is to cleanse yourself by submitting fully to God and asking Him to fill you with the Holy Spirit. He says in doing this you will be perfecting (completing) holiness. And you do this because you revere and are in awe of God, your Father.
2Corinthians 11:1 I wish that you would bear with me in a little foolishness; but indeed you are bearing with me. 2 For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin.
But indeed, bear with me (a command, in the original Greek), says Paul. I am jealous for you. I do not want you to have any other lovers — just Jesus Christ. When you were saved through the works God prepared in advance for me to do, Paul says, I began my preparation for you to be His bride. And I am to present you to Him as a pure bride-to-be!
Beloved, are you pure inside? Do you have His radiance? Do you shine? Do nations and kings come to your light, to the radiance of your shining? Are you all glorious within?
If you are not, I am here as a member of God’s Preparation Team to exhort you to stop focusing on the things of the world, and turn your attention to Jesus Christ. Heed His words. If you love Him, you will obey Him in this, and He will send the Helper, the Spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17)! And the Father and He will make you all glorious within (John 14:23)!
Submit now to Him, and to this truth He has asked me to speak to you, and He will do it!