This is a wedding invitation by someone very special to you. The bride is chosen. The wedding date is set. The venue is pre-determined. The invitations are sent out. The arrangements for the feast is finalized. All the miscellaneous arrangements are being worked on. Now the bride just needs to make herself ready.
What an awesome picture of the upcoming celebration. The Church is the bride. We are the bride of Christ chosen before the foundations of the earth. Betrothed to the King. Everything is set in order.
Now, the bride has the responsibility of making herself ready for the bridegroom. We, the church, have the responsibility of “adorning” ourselves with good works, or righteous deeds. We do this not to be selected as the bride of Christ, but because we are already selected as the bride. This imagery is beautifully expressed in Revelations.
Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure — for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints (Rev 19:7-8).
We as the Church, the Bride of Christ have the ongoing task of making ourselves ready for the groom with righteous deeds. We do this not out of compulsion but out of love for Jesus, our Groom.
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