The Secured 'Bride'

The Secured ‘Bride’

The Secured Bride

 

Father God in obedience to your word, I ask that you guide my thoughts to deliver only what will edify your people so all glory will go to you and remain yours in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

It’s a good day that the Lord has made so we must rejoice and be glad in it. The best part is that all things will always work together for your good. Don’t worry about it, just thank God for mercies.

 

I will try to give you a little insight into why fellowship with God is such a big deal to Him and why we must worship Him in spirit and in truth.

 

Check this out. In Genesis 3:8-12, it is recorded that the “…Lord God was walking in the garden in the cool of the day…” Adam and his wife heard Him and took off to hide. Now if they were not familiar with His presence, how would they have known who was coming? God called out to Adam and he responded. This guy was on talking terms with God. It was a “two-way” conversation between GOD and a human being. My point is, that was fellowship.

What about Abraham in the book of Genesis? And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying

And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.”

Genesis 17:1, 3, 22. He and God were flowing gist on his future how God was going to make him prosperous and father of many nations. What about Isaac, Jacob, Moses and all the Old and New Testament saints? They had some kind of rapport with God. That was Fellowship.

 

A lot of the times believers today tend to stray or go on what I term “hajj” if you please, from the presence of the trice holy God. Revelation 4:8 Most times, we are too wrapped up in “Caesar’s business”. We dash off at dawn to be back at dusk fagged out. Or simply too Bound Under Satan’s Yolk doing inter-city, inter-state, inter-national or inter-continental trips chasing money or just lazily watching “seemingly harmless” unedifying and useless TV programs or simply doing the “AMEBO” (Gossip) thing on social network sites. 2 Timothy 2:16 says “But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness” which is very detrimental to The Fellowship we are supposed to have with our maker. Instead of “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:16.

The Greek word translated fellowship is “koinonia”. Pronounced (koy-nohn-ee’-ah) it means partnership, i.e. (literally) participation, or (social) intercourse, or (pecuniary) benefaction :–( to) communicate (-action), communion, to fellowship.

Now there is a lot laden in that word. Who says fellowship can only take place in the four walls of the church building or may be at the home cell groups? As long as you are a member of that mystical body of Christ –the Church, it can transpire at anytime and anyplace. Your Lord and God wants to be a part of every iota of your life, but it’s only that part you release to him that He walks into. Guess you already know that? If you didn’t, now you do.

 

 

Now hear this, when you said “YES” to Him and received Him as your Lord and savior, YOU willingly and eternally gave up your right to run your life by YOURSELF. You officially signed, stamped and delivered your existence both here and in eternity to the Lord Jesus Christ. He then bought you and paid your (bride) price in full with His blood. “…to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own bloodActs. 20:28c,

“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” 1 Corinthians 6:20

“Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men” 1 Corinthians 7:23.

 

You don’t belong to you any more; you are His “property” for eternity. Finally, He secured and sealed that contract for eternity. In 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 it says

 “…Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us…” same as in Ephesians 4:30 “…And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption 

As long as you are a born again Christian you are a member of the church of Christ His BRIDE and He is the BRIDEGROOM,

2 Corinthians 11:2 2 “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ” “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church” Ephesians 5:32. Your fate is SEALED IN HIM. For you are now “… dead, and your life is HID with Christ in God Colossians 3:3 Even if you wanted to leave you just couldn’t. When was the last time any member of your body declared cessation? It just does not happen. The scripture tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:27 “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” You must live your life for Him, for your own good. – Like I told you earlier, you don’t belong to you anymore. You are now a member of His body.

He expects you to talk to Him and with Him about any and everything. He answers, not just the difficult ones, even down to the bitty-gritty of everyday life. Go boldly to Him. It’s your right. Hebrews 4:16 says “Let us therefore come BOLDLY unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” I ask, since when did any other member of your body require the help of the other to announce an anomaly? The way it works is simply through the nerves (your mouth in this case) to the brain in your head (The Lord in this case) to register whatever the situation. That’s how it was designed. You don’t need any other mediator to reach the Lord. If you were in that habit, stop it now. Repent of it. Do the right thing. You cannot pray through any other but Jesus. If scripture says we belong to one body then the proper channel is simply the Lord Jesus Christ. You connect to Him directly. The Lord said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me Jesus is the ONE AND ONLY MEDIATOR for man as recorded in the bible, there is none other.

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus 1 Timothy 2:5

You are not a beggar but a son, whether full grown or still a child. The fact remains that you have a relationship with Him. Build on it. That area of your life you know needs attention, hand it over to Him. He cares about it. “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” 1 Peter 5:7

It does not happen overnight, that I know, but get started today. Be conscious of His presence all the time. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…” Ephesians 6:18. Speak in tongues as you go. Yes, tongues and I mean tongues. Except you are ashamed of the heavenly language your father gave you. It will help you, big time.

“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries” 1 Corinthians 14:2

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost Jude 1:20

It is a prayer language meant for you. If you cannot speak, you may write me or seek a tongue talking church to help you understand how you can get started by faith. Scripture says you cannot pray aright because you do not know how “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: (our weaknesses) for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27

 

Now in the New Testament, we are told thatGod is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord 1 Corinthians 1:9

This is where I am going. The fellowship of his son Jesus Christ. Do you remember some of the definitions of the word “koinonia”. Pronounced (koy-nohn-ee’-ah) translated “fellowship” above? We will take them again one at a time. It means partnership, i.e. (literally) participation, or (social) intercourse, or communion, to fellowship

 

In defining FELLOWSHIP meanings of Partnership and participation

1:            PARTNERSHIP: A legal relation existing between two or more persons contractually associated as joint principals in a business etc

2:            PARTICIPATION: The state of being a partner


(Social) Intercourse and communion

1:            Intercourse: Connection or dealings between persons or groups:

2:            COMMUNION: Exchange, especially of thoughts or feelings:

 

Need I say more? They are paired. For you with a spouse, does this not ring a bell? Remember in the Old Testament, God told the nation of Israel that He was their husband. For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called” Isaiah 54:5

The Hebrew word is ba`al, pronounced (baw-al) In this context it’s from a primitive root; to be master; hence, to marry:–have dominion (over), be husband, marry (-ried, as in wife). No wonder God often called the children of Israel harlots and accused them of committing ADULTERY each time they strayed or like I’d love to put it, went on “hajj” to other gods for they eventually always got back. And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also” Jeremiah 3:8,

“That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery…” Ezekiel 23:37

Now, is that not the same spirit that crossed over to the New Testament almost everywhere you look?

 

Now this could blow your mind, be ready for it. If as recorded in the Old Testament God is the husband of the nation of Israel and in the New Testament Jesus is the bridegroom of the church and you are a member of that body. What does that tell you? You are a part of His bride! He is jealous of His love going to another “man” and not paying Him attention. Yet, we do it all the time. We stay away from the Lord, spending those precious little moments with other things. The truth is, they have become idols in our lives whether we want to believe it or not. That is because they take the time that should go to Him. Again the truth is “…all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s” Philippians 2:21. We all need to repent of that.

 

 

When was the last time you sat down to study or even read your bible? When was the last time you had a heart to heart, deep communion with the Lord?  This is not to send you on a guilt trip but I believe you know what I am talking about? You can’t say you love God and get nonchalant about the things of God. You know how you behave towards the people you love and care about don’t you. So, why is God’s different? Is it a case of misplaced priority?

 

Like your spouse, (for those who are married). He wants your 100% attention. When you get into fellowship with Him in worship that is when He reveals more of Himself to you

In the inner recesses of your heart He wants to be Lord there, in every detail of KOINONIA. You are part of His bride. He paid your “bride” price on the cross of Calvary.

You are His legitimate bride and He needs your attention. Like the husband to the wife, it’s a one on one relationship. No third party. Ever heard of a third party coming between couples when they are in their most intimate session? This is why your fellowship is such a big deal to God. It’s a sacred period, just meant for TWO, you and him!!!

But we often deprive Him of that sacred period. Now, tell me who will not be upset when the partner they trust and invested in so much just handles their relationship with levity? I do not know of any. But this lover still cares and loves you beyond what you can ever imagine. You are His forever, secured in His love. He is ever faithful. The “Pantokrator” (Greek: meaning The Almighty) “…he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth” Revelation 3:7 Hallelujah!

 

Do you know why you are so secured and can never be lost from His love? That is because the Lord Jesus lovingly took care of that. Like I told you earlier, “… ye are sealed unto the day of redemption Ephesians 4:30 not just that, you are “… dead, and your life is HID with Christ in God Colossians 3:3 let me break it down for you here. Your God given life, God’s kind of life called Zoe in the Greek language is the same thing Jesus has. It is concealed on the inside of Christ who is on the inside of God the father for safe keeping.  It is a picture of you as a tiny dot in a big circle. It is called perichoresis in Greek peri-, around, chorein, to contain.

In other words you are contained in Christ. For any to get to you they need to get through God first. Jesus said in John 10:27-28 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand

 

Let me take you back to the pre-Adamic world unto today. (Our world from Adam is just over six thousand years) Ever before Adam came to the picture, there was the angelic world where Lucifer (now known as Satan) was the most powerful and most beautiful of God’s creations. No angel ranked close to him. He was a worshiper and had all musical instruments embedded in him as described in the book of Ezekiel 28:13 “…the workmanship of thy tabrets (Tambourines) and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created”. You see, when you worship, you gain access to God’s very presence, His mind and power. God even gave him liberty and anointed him a cherub. He was a chosen one. Ezekiel 28:14 “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so…” That was not enough for Lucifer. He wanted to be what God did not make him. He wanted to sit where God is seated. He wanted to be like God, his creator.

“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High”. Isaiah 14:13-14.

 

So he was thrown out of heaven to the earth after a fight and then followed a third of God’s angels. “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels. And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” Revelation 12:7-9

 

Jesus said in Luke 10:18 “…I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven” Satan was enraged and decided to pay God back in his own coins, or so he thought. “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” Isaiah 14:12. He simply messed up the world that existed then. He had the power to do it. Genesis 1:2a “And the earth was without form, and void…” The Hebrew words for “without form” is tohuw, (pronounced  to’-hoo) and “Void” is bohuw (pronounced bo’-hoo)  they are of uncertain etymology; but in this place, and wherever else they are used, they convey the idea of confusion and disorder. So the world became “tohuw bohuw” meaning to lie waste; a desolation of surface, a worthless thing. That was how bad Satan turned it into.

So God decided to freeze up the earth in darkness in response. Genesis 1:2b “…and darkness was upon the face of the deep”

There are no records how long the darkness lasted but surely it must have been quite some time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 going by dug up animal fossils today.

 

Now this is the apocalypse, the revelation. When in Genesis 1:3 “…God said, Let there be light…” in other words “light become!” He simply put in place the atmosphere for new life. He made the earth conducive for life. The Hebrew word rwa or ‘owr,  ore  translated LIGHT means illumination or (concrete) luminary in every sense, including lightning and fire as you find in Isaiah 31:9 “…saith the LORD, whose FIRE is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem”

Ezekiel 5:2 “Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city” same word. Luminaries generally produce some sort of temperature. There had to be some warmth without which life cannot exist on this planet. Fire comes with warmth of varied degrees. The freezing chains of darkness had to give way to some warmth giving luminance in preparation for the new life on earth. You’ll notice, just after the third day when vegetables came into being, Genesis 1:11 God created the sun, moon, the stars and every other thing in the sky. What for? To maintain the light of Genesis 1:3

 

God generally re-created the universe then finally put the “icing on the cake” – man. To show the devil who is truly God, He decided to humiliate and humble him further and made man, not from any fancy material but DUST of the ground which Satan had earlier messed up.

Genesis 2:7 “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground…”

The Hebrew word here is `aphar, (pronounced aw-fawr’) meaning dust, clay, earth, mud, ashes or rubbish. Not just that, He said the man that he made from this rubbish or dust of the ground will be

“…in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth”. Genesis 1:26.

This was what Lucifer wanted all along. To be like the Most High but now ordinary man from the dust of the ground has been given that position. It was most humiliating.

“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” Isaiah 14:14  

He couldn’t believe it; this God had just given that position to the ordinary DUST of the earth. It does not end there. God had also given this new creature from the DUST called Adam, authority over all other creatures in it. Not just that, God even established a relationship with this DUST of the ground of a man. Every evening He would come down to the garden just to fellowship with Adam and his wife.

Genesis 3:8 “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day…:”

This was where they regularly met, in the garden. Obviously they were familiar with God’s voice for them to have recognized it when He called out to them. It is recorded in

Hebrews 2:6-8 “…What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands. Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him…”

There was a great rapport between God and this creature, Adam.

Satan was enraged! Why should God dishonor him and give all to the man from ordinary DUST of the earth, lower than him?

“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and (God now) hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet” Psalm 8:4-6

That same statement you will find in the New Testament Hebrews 2:7  

That was too much for Lucifer. Again, he set out to destroy like he always did. He found a way to deceive the woman and the man chose to join his wife in disobedience to God as stated in the New Testament.

“And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression” 1 Timothy 2:14.

 

Satan had hoped that this disobedience of man would cause God to destroy man and freeze up the recreated universe again like He had done in the past when he, Satan came down to mess up the world earlier. He was wrong. Like usual, he had underestimated God’s love for Adam and the recreated universe. You know the story. It is written that

“…God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

The word translated WORLD here is the Hebrew word kosmos, (pronounced kos’-mos) meaning orderly arrangement, i.e. decoration; by implication the world (in a wide or narrow sense, including its inhabitants, literally or figuratively etc. In other words let me rephrase, God so loved the new orderly arrangement and decoration of the universe He just made that He now promised to send the second member of the Godhead at the point where man fell to finally and permanently put an end to the madness and recklessness of Satan. The righteous God is a just God and as the scripture says in Psalm 11:21 “…the wicked shall not be unpunished” So God decided that He “…will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15.

To ensure the permanence of this arrangement and away from the reach of Satan, God now decided, since man has a will like Lucifer; let man be the one to choose his destiny, if he wants to be with me (God) or go to Satan. The New Testament says

“…whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16  that is very generous. Again in Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live”.

 

What other love can be greater than this? This new creation had to be secured, protected from Satan and his fallen angels.

“…God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8

Now hear this, I told you this before and this is the catch. When you said “YES” to Him to be your Lord and savior, YOU willingly and eternally gave up your right to run your life by YOURSELF. You officially signed, stamped and delivered your existence both here and in eternity to the Lord Jesus Christ. He then paid your (bride) price in full with His blood.

“…to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood Acts. 20:28, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” 1 Corinthians 6:20, “Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men” 1 Corinthians 7:23.

You don’t belong to you any MORE; you are His “property” for eternity. Finally, He

Secured and sealed that contract, for eternity.

In 2 Corinthians 1:22 it says “…Who hath also sealed us…” same as in Ephesians 4:30 “… ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” 

As long as you are a born again Christian you are a member of the church of Christ His BRIDE and He is the BRIDEGROOM,

2 Corinthians 11:2 2 “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ” “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church” Ephesians 5:32. Your fate is SEALED IN HIM. For you are now “… dead, and your life is HID with Christ in God Colossians 3:3

 

So, now let me break it down a bit more for you here. Your God given life, God’s kind of life called Zoe in the Greek language is the same life Jesus has. That life is concealed on the inside of Christ who is on the inside of God the father for safe keeping. It is called Perichoresis in Greek. Peri-, means around, Chorein means to contain. It is a picture of you as a tiny dot in a big circle. In other words you are contained in Christ. For any to get to you they need to get through God first. Glory to God, Hallelujah! That is why Jesus said in

John 10:27-28 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand

Even if you wanted to leave you just couldn’t, why? Because

“… ye are sealed unto the day of redemption  Ephesians 4:30, “…your life is HID with Christ in God Colossians 3:3, “When Christ, who is OUR LIFE, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:4

You are very, very secured in Him.

Your life is NO MORE YOURS. Like I told you, you gave it up to Christ and God decided to HIDE it away from the devil by sealing it inside of Christ first before He put it IN HIMSELF. That is Perichoresis. This ensures that the devil can never again reach man to influence him against God. In other words there will never forever be another rebellion again. That is why the “bride” (The whole church) will finally be joined to the Bridegroom (Jesus Christ) for total control. Christ is the Head and the church makes up the body. I am sure you very much know control comes from the head.

“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body” Ephesians 5:23

“For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.” Ephesians 5:30

Jesus the Christ is tested and trusted; He can never go against the will of the Father who is very well pleased with Him.

For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 2 Peter 1:17

 

The totality of all I have been trying to convey to you is this; God decided that the head of the new creation He completed in six days (MAN) must willingly submit himself to the Lordship/Leadership of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ being the only revealed second member of the Godhead, like I said before Jesus has been tested and trusted to deliver exactly what the father expects of Him. So, to checkmate a possible future rebellion, the church has to be merged with the Lord as the body and Christ as the head who will be in total control. This way there can never be another rebellion like that of Lucifer nor Adam’s disobedience.

 

So as a far better replacement for Lucifer, the church can worship God in Spirit and in Truth

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” John 4:24

We can create music with musical instruments and dance to praise God.

“Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals” Psalm 150:3-5

We can sing unto the Lord

“Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness” Psalm 30:4

We even occupy that space Lucifer wanted to get to

“And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus Ephesians 2:6

 

Even creation is not left out in praises

“Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein Psalm 69:34 “Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light” “Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens” Psalm 148:3-4

The mind blowing part of this is simply that all this is just for you and me, to get us to our expected destination as it is written in

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end

 

So you see, like Paul wrote in the book of

Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”.

You are the special bride being prepared for the wedding day Ephesians 5:25-27 Nothing can stop that event in your life. You are a chosen vessel, prepared for honor as you focus on the Lord with no distraction of any kind. 2 Timothy 2:21. So, stand with your head raised up high. No matter what the devil throws at you, you can thrash him with the word. Because…

“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper” Isaiah 54:17

So far, there is nothing coming from the sky that the earth cannot contain. As the parlance goes in my area “NO SHAKING” for you are a very, very SECURED BRIDE.

God bless you

Your personal person

(Vince Ok)

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