Weekly Pursuit – Week 2 of January

Jan 25, 2024 by



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.”




We are living in a day in which the Lord is preparing His bride. We need to connect Revelation 19 with Ephesians 5. Apart from Ephesians 5, there is no way for the bride to be prepared, and hence no way for Revelation 19 to be fulfilled. In Ephesians 5 we come to the presentation of the church to Christ. At the time of this presentation, the church will be the bride. As the bride, the church needs beauty. The spots and wrinkles do not affect the function of the church. However, they very much detract from the beauty of the church. If we grow in the Lord, eventually our functions as members of the Body will come forth. However, we may not be beautiful in the eyes of the Lord because of our spots and wrinkles. The church will not be a strong man; she will be a beautiful bride. Christ is the universal man. As this universal man, He needs the church to be His bride to match Him.


We need to go on from the function in Ephesians 4 to the beauty in Ephesians 5 At the time of the wedding, what the church will need is beauty, not strength. Oh, the church is being beautified by partaking of Christ, by digesting Christ, and by assimilating Christ! The more we experience the indwelling Christ in this way, the more He will replace our spots and wrinkles with His element, and the more His riches with the divine attributes will become our beauty. Then we will be prepared to be presented to Christ as His lovely bride. (Life-study of Ephesians, msg. 95)


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