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Sunday School: What Is the Bride of Christ?

PI Girls, normally when we talk about the bride of Christ, we’re talking about the church, but today I’m going to make this concept much more personal.

When you marry, tradition dictates that the woman take the name of her husband’s family in place of her family name. Think to yourself for just a moment about what we call ourselves. When someone asks what you believe, you tell them you’re a Christian, right?

Did you realize that when you tell people you’re a Christian, you’re actually telling them the name of your husband? I love this song by Misty Edwards because I feel like it illustrates this perfectly:

Did you notice the line where the song says “I am in love with you, I wanna take your name?”

Let’s take a quick look at the original wedding vows from the Book of Common Prayer.

Groom: I,____, take thee,_____, to be my wedded Wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance.

Bride: I,_____, take thee,_____, to be my wedded Husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, cherish, and to obey, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance.

When you identify yourself as a Christian, you’re saying, “I am married to Jesus Christ. I have given my life and my love to Him. I’ve given up my identification with the family in which I was raised to live with, love always, follow anywhere and obey my husband, Jesus Christ, no matter what circumstances should arise.”

That’s what a Christian is–someone who’s taken Christ’s name as their own.

Jesus already left His Father to come find you, to wed you to Himself, and now it’s time to follow Him to the home of His Father.

It saddens me that marriage is taken so lightly now, but know that if you identify yourself as the wedded of Christ, it’s not a “play” marriage. It’s a marriage that expects complete devotion. Christ doesn’t turn a blind eye to adultery, and He will not grant a divorce. You may choose to run away as Gomer ran from Hosea, but Jesus will come after you, no matter how far, fast or for how long.

Jesus Christ is desperately in love with you. That is why He gives you the opportunity to take His name. It’s why He weds you to Himself.

Are you desperately in love with Jesus?

I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine (Song of Songs 6:3).

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  1. jinglebells

    Posted by jinglebells on May 29, 2013 at 13:12

    wow. I have never thought of it like that.. it makes it feel more intimate

  2. Bluej3

    Posted by Bluej3 on May 27, 2013 at 21:38

    We were talking about this in my bible study 2 weeks ago. Our small group leader was saying how marriage is kind of like a glimpse at marriage. She said it this way if you were dating a guy and he had to go on a month long trip you could have a picture of him to look at to remember the memories you shared and him. But when he comes back do you need to look at the picture to remember him? No because him being there is better than a picture. So marriage on earth is a “picture of marriage” and heaven will be like the boyfriend, the real thing so we won’t need marriage in heaven since we will be married and with Christ. 🙂

  3. Peacegurl1960

    Posted by Peacegurl1960 on May 27, 2013 at 18:41

    I really like this article it inspires me to stay single and follow God

  4. spyder

    Posted by spyder on May 26, 2013 at 16:39

    Well said Jenn! I found this video awhile ago, and I found that it relates somewhat to this article: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOaWb7AIVVc
    I look forward to more articles from you!

  5. Gracers22

    Posted by Gracers22 on May 26, 2013 at 13:28

    Matthew 5:31-32 says “You have heard the law that says, ‘A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a written notice of divorce. But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery.”

    So if a man is unfaithful to his wife (or vice versa), I think God would WANT you to leave…he says you aren’t committing a sin. If you’re being abused, then you NEED to get out of that situation.

    However, these situations can be mostly avoided by making sure you marry a Christian guy, and date for a long time so you know he isn’t abusive.

    • spyder

      Posted by spyder on May 26, 2013 at 16:36

      I agree. If you are being abused in a relationship, or the other person is being unfaithful, PLEASE leave. God doesn’t want you to be in that situation, and it’s not a sin if you leave. (There are certain issues where people would argue that you can’t get married again, but I won’t get into that)

  6. PumpkinGirl

    Posted by PumpkinGirl on May 26, 2013 at 12:19

    Thank you Jenn!! I just have one question, does God still disagree with divorce if a woman is leaving her husband due to abuse?

    • Godsgirl2012

      Posted by Godsgirl2012 on June 10, 2013 at 10:13

      I think, in this case what she ment was the idea that, when you marry Christ, you cant divorce Him….. He wont sign the papers and let you go…

      although to answer your question, if its an abusive relationship, it wasn’t the marriage God had picked for you, in wich case yes, id say its ok to leave, and id encourage it

    • lilyworshipsongs

      Posted by lilyworshipsongs on May 28, 2013 at 10:58

      I’d think that if the husband was abusing that it’d be fine. I’m pretty sure I read something along those lines somewhere, but I can’t be sure, although it would make sense considering our bodies are the temple. Do you think we should just stand there and let the temple be beaten and broken? No. So i’m 95% sure it’s okay.