His Word | Countenance of Christ: Ephesians 5:27

 

 

Photo: Chris Pereira

 “He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.” Ephesians 5:27 (NLT)

This week we focus in on the verse that started it all for The Grace Mask blog back in 2012 and is now our anchor verse for The Dress: Countenance of Christ. Our overall anchor verse comes right before it. Don’t miss the significance of what these two verses mean for you Sister! Ephesians 5:26-27 are nestled in a passage that is nearly always referenced in sermons and teaching on marriage to our brothers in Christ. But we need to understand that no matter our marital status here on Earth, we have a Husband who loves us perfectly, and His name is Jesus! When we zoom in on the truth revealed in this verse next year we will pull our themes from The Message translation: “…dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness.”

As you meditate on these word this week consider a few of the key ideas from the Greek translation of this verse…

“…present her…” means we will be standing beside Him one day. On His arm… at His side… close to Him…. His Bride! It’s the picture every little girl imagines… standing next to a strong, kind, wonderful, perfect, smiling, handsome groom who loves her with everything He is.

“…to Himself…” we are HIS! HIS alone!

“…glorious…” honored to be by His side.

“…having…” this one gets me every time! The Greek here means “to have, hold”. Where do we hear the phrase “to have and to hold”? On the day we stand fully redeemed and restored as Christ’s bride in Him we will “have and hold” only Him and nothing else… keep reading, we will have and hold no….

“spot”or “wrinkle”! We will not be stained by sin, wrinkled by the cares of the world or spiritually defective. This is the only place this word, rhytís (wrinkled), is used in Scripture and it is referencing the face. These words drew me in as a photographer because the spots, wrinkles, and blemishes are the first things most women see when they look at their image in a photograph. Dear One, focus on who you are in HIM not on your own!! You are…

“holy” and “without fault” means we are sacred and without blemish! The Greek word amōmos is derived from alpha and mṓmos to give us a word that means “without blemish, blame, or disgrace”. Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet but is also how primitive Greeks would say “no” or “not”. Mṓmos, blemish, spot, disgrace… a spoiled reputation.

The ONE who was holy, and is holy, and will always be holy and made us holy image bearers of Himself in the beginning, has the power and authority to make everything the way it was in the beginning again…. He is the Alpha AND…. the Omega (Revelation 1:8 and 22:12-13) and He keeps His promises!

Where is your focus today? Is it on your spots, wrinkles, and blemishes…. Dear Bride, refocus on the One Who has removed them! All eyes on The Groom!

 

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