Weekly Pursuit – Week 1 of January

Jan 3, 2017 by

Verses:

Eph. 5:27 “That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.”

 

Excerpts:

One day the church will be not only clean and pure but also without blemish, without mixture. The church will be the expression of God Himself mingled with a resurrected, uplifted, and transformed humanity

 

In order to be the bride of Christ, the church must become beautiful and have all the spots and wrinkles removed. The beauty of the bride comes from the Christ who is wrought into the church and expressed through the church. Our beauty is not our behavior; our only beauty is the reflection of Christ, the shining out of Christ from within us. What Christ appreciates in us is the expression of Himself.

 

Today we must prepare ourselves to be the bride by taking in the element of Christ’s riches as our nourishment. Christ is the food for the church. Therefore, as she prepares herself to be presented to Christ, the church must eat Christ. There is no other way to be prepared. Eating Jesus is the way. By eating Him we become a beautiful and even glorious bride. First, Christ must come into us and then be assimilated by us. Then He will be able to shine out of us. Real beauty is the expression of the divine attributes through humanity. Nothing in the universe is as beautiful as this expression. Therefore, the beauty of the bride is Christ shining out of us. It is a matter of divinity expressed through humanity. (The Conclusion of the New Testament, Message 343)

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