Frequently Asked Questions

The Spirit and the Bride

Q: Doesn’t the bride refer to the church?

A: While the term “bride” is sometimes associated with the church in certain Bible verses (Eph 5:22–25; 2Co 11:2), it’s crucial to consider the context.

Much like the word “lamb,” which can represent an actual sacrificial animal (Nu 6:14), Jesus Christ in the flesh (Jn 1:29), or even God’s people (Jn 21:15), the meaning varies depending on the context.

“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.”

Throughout the entire Bible, only God is the source of the water of life, meaning eternal life (Jer 2:13; Jn 4:14). Therefore, in this context, the bride refers to Jerusalem, as we can see in the previous chapter of the same book.

“‘Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.’ And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.”

In the book of Galatians, the identity of the heavenly Jerusalem is revealed.  

“But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.”

Understanding the context of words is crucial to avoid misinterpreting God’s will, ensuring the clear message that eternal life is given by the Spirit and the Bride. 

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