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Questions and Answers    Louis Rushmore

The Bride of Christ

By Louis Rushmore, Editor

I have a question. Jesus is sometimes referred to as the Bridegroom. Question, who is the Bride? Book, Chapter and Verse or how do you arrive at your conclusion? ~ Ed Brown

Jesus Christ referred to Himself as the “Bridegroom” (Matthew 9:15; 25:1). John the Baptist referred to Jesus Christ as the “Bridegroom” (John 3:29).

We have more passages in the New Testament that refer to the bride than we have passages that refer to Jesus Christ as the Bridegroom. “Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, ‘Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife’” (Revelation 21:9). The Lamb here refers to Jesus Christ. Who, then, would be the bride of the Lamb? Adam Clarke (Methodist) and Albert Barnes (Presbyterian) both conclude that the Lamb’s wife is the church. Brother John T. Hinds, who wrote the Gospel Advocate commentary on the Book of Revelation, concludes that the bride in Revelation 21:9 refers to the church. B.W. Johnson of the People’s New Testament, refers to the bride as the “glorified church,” and likewise does James Burton Coffman make the exact same reference in his commentary.

There is no other conclusion to which I could come, and I am not aware of any other conclusion to which students of the Bible have come. The bride of the Lamb (Jesus Christ) is the church that belongs to Jesus Christ. Like a bride, the Lord’s church has readied itself for this marriage. “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready” (Revelation 19:7). Perhaps in a broader sense, when we think of the eternal kingdom of God, comprised of the redeemed from all ages, the bride of Christ includes, but includes more than the New Testament church. “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:2).

"Your Seed" of Genesis 3:15

By Louis Rushmore, Editor

Can you explain what is meant by “your seed” [in Genesis 3:15]? ~ Marvin Towell

Notice the verse: “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel’” (Genesis 3:15 NKJV). All students of the Bible as far as I am aware acknowledge that this verse is the first biblical prophecy of the coming of the Messiah, though to discern that, knowledge of other Messianic prophecies is a must (e.g., Galatians 4:4).

In the context of Genesis 3:15, Satan, who had appeared to Eve in the form of a snake, was addressed as well as was the woman addressed by God. The Seed of woman is a reference to Jesus Christ. However, the question remains, who is the seed of Satan, indicated by the words, “your seed”? The Presbyterian commentator, Albert Barnes, answered this question in a fine way. “The spiritual agent in the temptation of man cannot have literally any seed. But the seed of the serpent is that portion of the human family that continues to be his moral offspring, and follows the first transgression without repentance or refuge in the mercy of God.”

Our Lord identified the seed of Satan as his spiritual offspring: “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do…” (John 8:44 NKJV). Likewise, the apostle John makes the correlation between unrighteous souls and they being the spiritual offspring of Satan: “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning…In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother” (1 John 3:8, 9 NKJV). The seed of Satan are the followers of Satan (Coffman).

 Works Cited

Barnes’ Notes. CD-ROM. Seattle:  Biblesoft, 1997.

James Burton Coffman Commentary. CD-ROM. Abilene: ACU.

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