“Photograph MY Bride and tell HER Story”
Those were the words he spoke into my spirit on September 27th, 2012. As a lover of God’s word and always quite curious to learn all there is to know about everything I decided to look up every verse in scripture that referenced the Bride of Christ. The verse that came to mind first was Revelation 22:17, ““Come!” say the Spirit and the Bride. Whoever hears, echo, “Come!” Is anyone thirsty? Come! All who will, come and drink, Drink freely of the Water of Life!” (The Message)
In this verse the word for bride is the Greek word: nymphē which means “daughter in law”. (Daughter in law! Wow… we will look at that in another post sometime.)
This led me to look up verses referencing Christ as our husband and to Ephesians 5. We chatted about verse 26 a few weeks ago, let’s look at verse 27 this week:
“that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.” (New American Standard Bible)
The Grace Mask takes it’s inspiration from The Message which puts it this way: “dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness.”
I absolutely love those words: dazzling, radiant, holiness. And as I was writing down my thoughts regarding portrait photography as a ministry the words in the NASB stood out to me as well because of how that translation indicates what the bride of Christ does NOT have: no spot, no wrinkle, or any “such thing” (in other words, she’s perfectly beautiful), blameless!
This is powerful stuff girls! Let’s look at it!
that he might present – “parastēsē” – I bring, present, prove, come up to and stand by, am present
to himself – “heautou” – to himself
church – “ekklésia” – an assembly, congregation, church; the Church, the whole body of Christian believers
glorious – “endoxos” – highly esteemed, splendid, glorious
spot – “spilos” – a spot, fault, stain, blemish
wrinkle – “rhutis” – a spiritual defect, flaw
holy – “hagios” – set apart by (or for) God, holy, sacred
blameless – “amomos” – blameless, without blemish, unblemished, faultless
The church has not arrived here yet. And we are not going to get there on our own. The words of this verse tell us JESUS himself will bring us to himself. We all need to see this for what it is – a promise! But we need to focus on the promise not the problem. We get nowhere by pointing out the flaws in ourselves and each other. See the glory of Jesus at work in yourself and others this week. We all know we are flawed, let’s remind ourselves he is in the process of making us flawless! We WILL get there but not by our own power. Remember verse 26 this week too as you meditate on this promise recognizing that it is CHRIST’S love for us that makes us who we are as his Bride. So keep your eyes on The Groom!