Lessons from Scripture
The Bible is the best place for us to seek guidance in our walk of faith. Proverbs 2:6 says, "For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding".
The Church - The Bride of Christ
It is tragic that the traditions of men and human hypocrisies have blinded so many to the beauty of the church. For some, the church is a
confusion of denominations. For others it is little more than a framework for social activities. While still for many, the church is a sham, a harbor for hypocrites. Further more, millions of
people think it is archaic and irrelevant. Such is the image of the church in the minds of men.
But this is not the picture of the church painted for us in the pages of the Bible. Instead, it is the beautiful and beloved bride of
Jesus Christ. In a most remarkable passage, the apostle Paul develops an extended simile paralleling the ideal husband and wife relationship to the relationship of Christ and the church.
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the Savior of the body. Therefore as the
church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might
sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and
without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 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. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be
one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church (Eph. 5:23-32).
It is not possible to appreciate the beauty and importance of the church until we see the church in its relationship with Christ. Having truly seen the church as the bride of Christ, no
sensitive person can ever again view it in a narrow or unconcerned way, much less with any degree of contempt.