The Bride of Christ


A reader recently asked a good question about the Bride of Christ:  

I would like to know if we are the bride of Christ in a spiritual since and Christ is our spiritual husband in worship-- how we are spiritually united to our spouse and become one with Him.  Is worship like spiritually making love to God in a nonsexual way?  

Yes, the "bride" in Revelation 19:7-9 is the Church, and the "wedding of the lamb" refers to Jesus Christ (the bridegroom) and the Church (the bride).  Ephesians 5:22-24 says, "Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.  Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything."  Christ is the head ofthe Church and the Savior of believers.  He will be united with His Church forever in eternity, and we are to submit to Him, both in this life and in eternity. 
 
Christ died for His Church, and words cannot express the full love that He has for us believers.  The love of this relationship is so deep that the best way for us to understand it was in using the analogy of marriage.  Marriage is the biblical relationship where two people can express their true love for each other in the most intimate of ways.  This love is expressed over the course of their lifetime in many ways, including physically (sexually), mentally, and spiritually.  A man and his wife grow forever closer by sharing their thoughts, their spiritual experiences, and their bodies (1 Corinthians 7:5).  Likewise, Christ lives in us, guiding our souls, spirits, and bodies (Romans 1-2).  Although we are incapable of grasping this concept to its fullest extent while we are still in this life, the analogy of marriage was the best way to relate it to us.