As we have seen in Part One, we, mature in Christ which leads to the Lord CAUSING us to have understanding, inner happiness, worthiness of character, homemakers in His Kingdom and worshippers. This leads us to act more like the weaker vessel [type of femininity] as His Bride, radiating joy, health, childlikeness and dependency upon Christ and Him alone. As always, we think spiritually, what it means for us today as we read, hear and keep the sayings of the prophecy of this Book [Rev 1:3]. There are certain qualities that Christ is causing us to have as we mature in Him. He has chosen us as His very own, as a kind of firstfruits of all humanity [Rev 14:4].
2Th 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 2Th 2:14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Jas 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Deu 7:6 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. Deu 7:7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:
What is feminine?
We know there is no male or female in the Body of Christ.
Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
We look at the topic of femininity spiritually, in other words, we look at the Body of Christ as the weaker vessel. As Christ is the Son of the Father and also His wife, so are we to Christ. We look unto Christ for everything. We, as the true sons of Christ, are being made to surrender to Him in all things because we know this:
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Isa 44:24 Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; Isa 44:25 That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish; Isa 44:26 That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof: Isa 44:27 That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers: Isa 44:28 That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.
The Lord has chosen us, as a man chooses His Bride. We do not chase after Christ, but He chooses us and drags us to Him.
Psa 135:4 For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.
1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 1Pe 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
As Christ’s Bride, we are in the process of obtaining the clothing of His Bride. Let us contrast this with the attire of a harlot [Mystery Babylon, state of death and spiritual disobedience] of which we are coming out of day by day, little by little.
Rev 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. Rev 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. Rev 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Pro 31:25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
When we lose our first love, in other words, when we are being disobedient, is, was and will be, we are clothed with the attire of a harlot.
Pro 7:9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: Pro 7:10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. Pro 7:11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Pro 7:12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
Rev 18:16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! Rev 18:17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
Rev 18:18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
What is our feminine manner, as His Bride, do we walk like a woman speak like a man, or look like a lamb, speaking as a dragon?
Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
The true Bride of Christ has a meek and gentle Spirit.
Psa 149:4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Mat 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
2Ti 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
Jas 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. Jas 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
The feminine nature [think spiritually] of the Bride of Christ is to trust her Husband above all else and to depend on Him for our care and protection.
Psa 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. Psa 4:5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
Psa 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
2Co 1:9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: 2Co 1:10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
When we become a working wife [negative application] pursuing a career, making a name for ourselves we do not have the Spirit of God and Christ. This is spiritual speak for, when we do not have the gift of faith or walking that faith out.
Rom 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Rom 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Rom 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Christ’s Bride is being caused to have joy and an attitude of thankfulness about what her Husband is doing in our lives.
Joh 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
Col 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
As the Bride of Christ, the Lord causes us to have food, sleep, exercise, and air [Spirit]. Think spiritually. Think about how these attributes to our physical health apply to us in Spirit. The Lord gives us food necessary for our spiritual health.
Pro 30:7 Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Pro 30:8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1Ti 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 1Ti 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
Psa 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
As His Bride, we sleep [die daily] and exercise our senses comparing spiritual with spiritual [1 Cor 2:13], all things necessary for our spiritual welfare.
1Co 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
Php 1:18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. Php 1:19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, Php 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. Php 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
1Co 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1Co 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 1Co 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
The attributes of the Bride of Christ, which we are Lord willing, makes us so attractive to our spiritual Husband. The Lord causing us to have fresh air and a happy attitude about all the trials we go through which is saving us from spiritual death. Truth and grace come when the true Christ comes.
Joh 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Psa 61:5 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name. Psa 61:6 Thou wilt prolong the king’s life: and his years as many generations. Psa 61:7 He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.
The renewed Covenant [my Words are Spirit and Life John 6:63], is the fresh air that we need and which is giving us newness of life. Elihu speaks as a type of God’s Elect in rebuking Job.
Job 33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
Heb 8:9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. Heb 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: Heb 8:11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. Heb 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. Heb 8:13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
A little child
The Bride of Christ is not only dependant on Him for all things but is learning to become like a little child, laughing [positive application], lifting the spirits of others, optimistic about the future, asking in a specific way etc. Let us look with spiritual eyes.
Radiating happiness [laughing] living in the present moment, this woman [the Bride] knows the joy of being married to Christ, knows that her suffering is not in vain as she works out her salvation with fear and trembling being made into a vessel of honour.
Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:
Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Php 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
This woman is and was overcoming her anger [being under the law] and has a gentle way, walking out that way in love which means keeping the commandments of Christ.
Sa 22:36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.
Lifting up the spirits of others, letting her Light shine, is what this woman is about.
Pro 13:9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
She is the doer of His Word if we look with spiritual eyes.
1Ti 2:8 I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 1Ti 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 1Ti 2:10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 1Ti 2:11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
She has hope for the future knowing God’s sovereignty and that all is on schedule according to Christ’s perfect will, which reflects the will of the Father. The Bride of Christ is asking of her Husband as she is being taught by Him how to ask.
Mat 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Mat 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread. Mat 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
In this two-part study, we have look at the hidden Mystery or revelation of Jesus Christ within us which teaches us about the marriage relationship between Christ and His Bride.
Eph 3:3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Eph 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
We have seen that Christ loves us, chose us before the foundation of the world [Eph 1:4], prepares us [Matt 3:11], marries us and then refines us [fine tunes] us, giving us a roof over our heads [the gift of faith], food [pure doctrine], clothing [the righteousness of Christ, grace] and marital relations [Christ in us, the hope of glory or age-abiding life John 17:3].
Rev 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
When married to Christ, we, as the true Bride, are being caused to bear children [1 Tim 5:14], raising our children and teaching others to love their husbands and children [Titus 2:4]. We are workers at home [in His Kingdom, Titus 2:5] trusting Him for all our needs, food and clothing. He is the one protecting us. We radiate joy and happiness and thankfulness as the new man for all Christ is doing to the Glory of His Father and our Father. We rest in Him and accept that He is working it all [Eph 1:11]. This is the Mystery hidden from the beginning.
Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. Eph 5:31 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. Eph 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Eph 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.