The Marriage Supper
By George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel of the Kingdom
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
We are coming into the day of great expectations when the glory of God is going to be revealed in His people. Moses was a man who talked with God face to face. God called him up to Mount Sinai and gave him the Ten Commandments. When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments his face shown so brightly he had to put a napkin over his face when he spoke to the people:
"And it came to pass, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him." Exodus 34:29
Moses had been in the very presence of God, and God's glory was revealed in Moses' face. This same event was repeated when Jesus was transfigured before His disciples:
"And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light." Matthew 17:1-2
This event took place after six days, or Jesus was transfigured on the seventh day. This is the day we are looking forward to on the horizon. Jesus' face shown as the sun, and all His clothes were white as light. The word light means "brilliant or dazzling white." This can only happen when the glory of God is present. The apostle Paul witnessed this glory on the road to Damascus:
"And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:" Acts 9:3
Paul was a chosen vessel of God. Although Paul was on his way to Damascus to persecute the early church, God got his attention. Paul explained this life-changing experience to King Agrippa:
"At midday, O King, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me." Acts 26:13
Paul noted this happened to him at midday when the sun was in its highest position. Paul declared the brightness of the glory of God was brighter than this noonday sun. God has promised this same glory is going to be seen upon His Kingdom people:
"When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day." II Thessalonians 1:10
As we read this in the original from The Interlinear Greek English New Testament by George Ricker Berry:
". . . when He shall come to be glorified in His saints and to be wondered at in all that believe in that day."
When the saints receive the glory of God, they as Moses and Jesus, will be wondered at in that day. That day is fast approaching. God is preparing His Kingdom people who will rule and reign with Him for one thousand years.
The phrase wondered at means "arousing awe and admiration." The world will stand back in amazement when they witness the glory of God revealed in His people. The prophet Isaiah spoke of "that day".
"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." Isaiah 60:1
The word arise means "to perform, to accomplish." This requires something someone must do. It requires an action by the individual. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul stated:
"Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." Ephesians 5:14
Paul considered those who were asleep, as dead. These are those who refuse to awaken to the righteousness of Christ. These settle back in their padded pews and never arise out of their Adam sleep. Instead, they remain in their dead condition. Solomon asks the question in Proverbs:
"How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?" Proverbs 6:9
A sluggard is one who is lazy, with no drive to press into the things of God. These may be very ambitious about the things of this life, but a confirmed sluggard in the things of God. Solomon asked, "When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?"
Jesus had the same problem with His disciples. Just before Judas betrayed Him, Jesus went to the garden to pray - - - and three times Jesus came to His disciples, only to find them sound asleep.
"And He cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners." Mark 14:41
When Jesus came the third time, He only told them to sleep on. The day is coming when those who are asleep will remain asleep. Jesus revealed this time to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still." Revelation 22:11
The day is coming when man will remain in the place he has chosen to be. The unjust and the filthy will remain in their sound sleep. But, praise the Lord, the righteous and holy will arise and go into the Kingdom. When Jesus came to His disciples, He asked Peter:
"And He cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith, unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? Couldest not thou watch one hour?" Mark 14:37
The hour of watching is now. Those who are watching are preparing for the day of betrayal. This betrayal is by the government, who believe all are asleep to the lie they have told the people. But those who are awake are aware of the lie, and no longer depend on the government for their supply. As the prophet Isaiah stated:
"Arise, shine: for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." Isaiah 60:1
When we awake and arise, then we are promised we will shine. Jesus made this same promise to His disciples:
"Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father who hath ears to hear, let him hear." Matthew 13:43
Those who have an ear to hear are awake. Those who are asleep are dull of hearing. Their ears and eyes are closed to everything around them. As Paul stated, these are dead. But those who are watching and waiting are the righteous which will shine forth as the sun. Paul wrote about the day in which we live, when he addressed the church at Philippi:
"That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;" Philippians 2:15
We truly are living in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation. But God's people are to be blameless and harmless and without rebuke. Our lives are to shine as the lights of God in this world.
Looking back over the words of Isaiah, he states our light (our understanding) has come; and the glory of God is about to arise upon God's people. Praise the Lord!
The wickedness and perverseness is not to touch God's people. The world is doing exactly what we expect the world to do. So, we should not be surprised when we witness how crooked the world and the governments have become. But God has another plan for His people. The prophet Daniel reveals to us what God's people are to be:
"And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament: and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever." Daniel 12:3
God's holy ones will shine forth as the brightness of the firmament, and their lives will turn many to righteousness, and they will shine as the stars of heaven for ever and ever. These are God's eternal people who have awakened to righteousness. These have risen from their Adam sleep. The prophet Isaiah reveals those who dwell in Zion:
"For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth." Isaiah 62:1
In order to understand this Scripture and what God is expressing, we must recognize who He is referring to as Zion and Jerusalem. Isaiah proclaimed:
"And I have put My words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of Mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art My people." Isaiah 51:16
As Isaiah proclaimed, Zion is God's people. Zion is the highest mountain in Jerusalem. Jerusalem represents the people of praise. Jerusalem means "double peace." The inhabitants of Zion are those who come to the high place in God, and have entered into the place of double peace in their lives.
Isaiah proclaimed God will not hold His peace, and He will not rest until His people shine forth as brightness, and salvation comes as a burning lamp. The apostle Peter also addressed this issue:
"But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy." I Peter 4:13
How is God going to reveal His glory in His people? It will be through suffering. Isaiah also reveals, we will be given a new name at this time. What is the new name we are going to receive? Isaiah gives us insight concerning this new name:
"Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married." Isaiah 62:4
God's people will be called Hephzibah, which means "My delight is in her." The pronoun "her" represents the true church, and our land (our physical bodies) will be called Beulah which means "married." We are going to become the bride, the Lord's delight. Isaiah continues:
"Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God." Isaiah 62:3
God's overcoming people are going to be a crown of glory and a royal diadem in His hand. The crown of glory is the winner's wreath given to the victor of a race. The royal diadem is the turban or headdress kings wear. Jesus reveals these overcomers to John:
"Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon Him my new name." Revelation 3:12
Who will receive these new names? It is the overcomers, the victors in God's army. These will become pillars of strength in God's new temple. These will not only receive a new name, but they will become part of the Holy City, New Jerusalem. This will all take place on Mount Zion.
Again, as we look at Jesus' revelation to John on the Isle of Patmos we discover:
"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the Mount Sion, and with Him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads." Revelation 14:1
These are the victorious overcomers, and they have the Father's name (the Holy Spirt's name), written in their foreheads. These will be sealed by God. God is sealing His holy people who will rule and reign with Him for the one thousand year millennium.
The prophet Isaiah continues his revelation:
"For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry Thee: and as the Bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee." Isaiah 62:5
By the Holy Spirit's direction, Isaiah uses the example of a young man marrying a virgin to show the comparison of marriage between God and His bride, the true church. And, as the young man rejoices over his bride, so will God rejoice over His bride. The apostle John informs us:
"But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." John 1:12
All those who are called by His name, have been given the power to become sons of God. This power is given to all those who believe on His name. But we need to ask ourselves, "Have the majority of those who are called by God's name, become the sons of God?" John asks this question:
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him: for we shall see Him as He is." I John 3:2
John asks, are we the sons of God? The answer is obviously, No! We are not yet the sons of God. Notice John states, "It does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know when He appears we must be like Him." We must be conformed to the His image, or we will not see Him. Why is this true concerning God's people? Paul gave Timothy the answer:
"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." II Timothy 3:5
The majority of God's people only have a form of godliness (religion). But they deny the power that will bring them into sonship. Jesus reveals to John who will become God's sons:
"He that overcometh shall inherit all things, and I will be His God, and He shall be My son." Revelation 21:7
It is the overcomers who will become God's sons. And only the overcomers will become inheritors. These will become joint heirs with Christ. And it is only going to be these who will be married to their God in an intimate relationship with Him.
Throughout the Scriptures, God has used marriage to explain His relationship with His true church:
"For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and He is the Saviour of the body." Ephesians 5:23
The relationship the husband is to have with his wife, is the same relationship Christ will have with His true church. What is the relationship the husband is to have with his wife? Paul explained the relationship between the husband and his wife:
"Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband." Ephesians 5:33
The husband is to love his wife, and the wife is to reverence her husband. And as Paul related to Timothy:
"One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;" I Timothy 3:4
The children are to be in subjection to their parents with all gravity (reverence and respect). When the home is in this order, with Christ as its head, then the church can come into order. The problem that exists today is the wife wants to be head of the house, the children are in rebellion, and the husband is pushed to the back seat. God never intended for the woman to hold this position in the home. This is the same in many churches today. Many women have become the head of the church, the children are in rebellion, and God has been pushed to the back seat. And the men have allowed this to happen. Then we wonder why God cannot bless the home or the church. The people have forgotten the direction God gave the church at Corinth through the pen of Paul:
"Let all things be done decently and in order." I Corinthians 14:40
God has an order for everything. When we violate that order, then we can expect to lose His blessings. God cannot bless that which is out of His prescribed order. If we want to receive God's glory, then, as Peter related, we must follow the example left for us.
"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps:" I Peter 2:21
If we are to get to where Jesus is, then we must follow His example. The beloved John gives us many examples as to how Jesus lived:
"Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." John 5:19
When we come to the realization that we can do nothing of ourselves, and that every thought and idea comes from the Father, then we have put on the mind of Christ, and our carnal thinking has been done away with. Jesus continues His revelation:
"Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me." John 7:16
Today the church has many doctrines, but these are only the precepts of men. The Bible warns us about the doctrines of men. In his letter to the Colossians, Paul states:
"Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world. Why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, touch not; taste not; handle not? Which all are to perish with the using; after the commandments and doctrines of men." Colossians 2:20-22
If we are dead with Christ from the rudiments (elements) of the world, why do men still follow the doctrines of men, such as dress codes and length of hair? - - - And the list goes on and on - - -. Paul states these man-made doctrines are going to perish. When will they perish? It will be when God's people become dead with Christ, praise the Lord! John continues:
"Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself: but as My Father hath taught Me, I speak these things." John 8:28
Jesus only spoke what He heard His Father speaking. Jesus' Father is the Holy Ghost. As His people, we must not only have the mind of Christ, but we must also have the mouth of Christ. Jesus did nothing of Himself. He only did what He saw the Father doing, and He only spoke what the Father told Him to speak.
Today, many so-called prophets are giving words of knowledge or prophecies from their own selves, speaking the words the hearers want to hear, instead of the words of the Father. Many of these hearers, then run their lives by the words of these pseudo prophets.
John continues His revelation of our example:
"Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works." John 14:10
When we do the works of the Father (the Holy Spirit), then our Father is blessed. When we do the works of the flesh, the devil is glorified, and the Father (the Holy Spirit) is grieved. Paul warns us:
"And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." Ephesians 4:30
We are sealed by the Holy Spirit(God the Father) until He redeems His precious treasure in the earth.
"At that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and ye in Me, and I in you." John 14:20
This will be when His body comes to completeness, with Christ as the head. We will become one in Christ and with each other. John recorded Jesus' Word to give us His assurance:
"That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me. And the glory which Thou gavest me, I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are one." John 17:21-22
When we become one in each other as His body, then we will become one in Him. Then the glory the Father gave to Jesus will be given to us. This is when Jesus will come to be glorified in His saints, just as Paul revealed to the Thessalonians. As long as the body of Christ insists on their independence, they will never see Christ Jesus as He is, because they will never be like Him.
John gives us one last glimpse of what is expected of us:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall He do also; and greater works than these shall He do; because I go unto My Father." John 14:12
Yes, Jesus expects us to do the greater works, because He went back to His position as the Father. It will only be when, we His body, all pull in the same direction that we will be able to do the greater works. But as long as we are arguing over man-made doctrines and man-made beliefs, we will never do the greater works.
People expect Jesus' to return to this earth at any minute. But what is He returning for, a body that is all out of joint? No, He will only return when He has a body without spot or wrinkle, holy and without blame.
How did Jesus do all these wonderful works? It was because He was an empty vessel the Father could flow through, without any hindrances. He was a man given over completely to the direction of the Holy Spirit. This is the place His body must come to if they are to become like the example He left us to follow.
As we look to God's Word for His promise to this end time generation, we discover what Paul declared to the church at Rome:
"Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God." Romans 7:4
Writing to those who are part of the body of Christ, Paul states, "If we are part of the body of Christ, then we are dead to the law." Yet, many in the church system are still trying to bring themselves, and others, back under the law.
Those who are part of the body of Christ are married to Him who was raised from the dead. These should be bringing forth fruit. What fruit are they to bring forth? The fruit we must bring forth are the twelve fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, etc.
The body of Christ is to be married to Christ Jesus. How does this process take place? Jesus gave us an example of this marriage, and John related it:
"And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there." John 2:1
This marriage was at Cana, and it was on the third day. As we study the Bible, we discover the third day and the seventh day are the same day. The third day is figured from Jesus, and the seventh day is figured from Adam.
John tells us the mother of Jesus was there. Paul explained to the churches at Galatia who the mother is:
"But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all." Galatians 4:26
The Jerusalem from above is the New Jerusalem. So who was at this marriage supper? It was Jesus, and all His disciples who will make up the Holy City, New Jerusalem.
"And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto Him, They have no wine." John 2:3
When the guests at the Marriage Supper asked for wine, those who make up the Holy City declare: "They have no wine."
"Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six water pots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece." John 2:4-6
The church has always been referred to as women. Jesus says, the hour has not yet come when He will be glorified in His saints. This will take place at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Those who will make up New Jerusalem are declaring, "What ever the Father saith unto you, do it." We need to come into total obedience to the Father's voice.
There were six water pots of stone at this Marriage Supper. Six is the number of man. So, these water pots are speaking of mankind. In Jesus' day, most water pots were made of fired clay. But these water pots were made of stone. The apostle Peter tells of these stone water pots:
"Ye also as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." I Peter 2:5
The word lively means "living." These water pots were made from living stones. Jesus proclaimed what they were to do to these stone water pots:
"Jesus saith unto them, Fill the water pots with water. And they filled them up to the brim." John 2:7
These living stone water pots were to be filled to the brim with the water of God's Word. And when the pots were full, Jesus directed the servants:
"And He saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it." John 2:8
Who is the governor of the feast? It is the Holy Spirit, the Father.
"When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: but the servants which drew the water knew; the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and saith unto him, every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now." John 2:9-10
The servants knew God had kept the good wine until the very last. This is the new wine He is going to fill His stone water pots with. Praise the Lord! And as it is declared in the New Testament:
"And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved." Luke 5:37-38
The new wine must be put into the new man. The old wine no longer satisfies God's new creation man. This new wine is going to preserve the new bottles for all eternity. What a promise!
This marriage supper took place at Cana. The word Cana means "zealous." This great marriage supper is reserved for those who have a zeal for God.
From the beginning of time, God has looked for a bride for His Son. Jesus revealed this bride to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 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 21:1-2
For understanding of these Scriptures, we must look at Jesus' revelation to John. Notice, John saw a new heaven and a new earth, and there was no more sea of humanity. If we look further at Jesus' revelation to John we read:
"And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful." Revelation 21:5
Jesus is going to renew His creation. In the beginning, God created the earth, and put man upon it. In the fullness of time, He is going to renew the earth. And it will be God's elect who will live on this renewed earth for all eternity.
Then John saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven. As stated before, New Jerusalem is the Jerusalem from above, which is the mother of us all.
This New Jerusalem is prepared as a bride. In order to understand this, we must look at the writings of Paul. New Jerusalem will be made up of God's elect who will inhabit her forever. These will be those who have served God faithfully all their lives, but who have gone on to be with the Lord. Paul writes:
"But I would not have you to be ignorant brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him." I Thessalonians 4:13-14
Those who make up New Jerusalem are those who sleep in Jesus. Those are those descending down from heaven (the Spiritual realm). These, who have gone on to be with the Lord, He is going to bring with Him. Paul continues:
"For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep." I Thessalonians 4:15
Those who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will not prevent those who are already with the Lord, and who He is bringing with Him.
"For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first." I Thessalonians 4:16
When the Lord descends, the dead in Christ are going to arise first. It should be easy to see the dead in Christ are not the same people who sleep in Jesus. Those who sleep in Jesus are with Him now. So who are the dead in Christ. Paul explains:
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Those who are dead in Christ are those who have crucified the flesh, and are alive unto God. These are those whose faith is in the Son of God.
"Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." I Thessalonians 4:17
Those who are alive at the return of the Lord shall be caught up into the clouds. The clouds represent the glory of God. Paul writes, these will be caught up in the air. The word air means "atmosphere." This is the air we breathe. So shall we ever be with the Lord. To understand this statement, we must look at the next verse in Revelation 21:
"And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God." Revelation 21:3
The tabernacle of God will be with men, and He is going to dwell with His creation, just as He did in the Garden of Eden. This will be when the words of Jesus, as recorded by Luke, become reality:
"Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when He cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that He shall gird Himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them." Luke 12:37
When this time comes, Jesus is going to make His people sit down. And He is going to serve them. When they sit down, it means they have come into a place of rest.
We may ask, "What is God going to do with those whom He brings with Him?" Luke informs us:
"There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out." Luke 13:28
Jesus spoke this to the religious system of His day. But the same is true today. Those who have indulged themselves in false doctrines will be weeping and wailing and gnashing their teeth. Who are these who will be cast out? Jesus reveals these through the pen of Matthew:
"But the children of the Kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 8:12
Those who are cast out are the children of the Kingdom. These are those who have had a Kingdom calling in their lives, but have refused to grow to maturity. These will not enter into God's Kingdom, nor will they rule and reign with Him. God will not have a bunch of baby Christians ruling and reigning with Him. His desire is to have mature Christians, those who know His Word, His Will, and His way.
Jesus continues His revelation to John concerning the bride of Christ:
"And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife." Revelation 21:9
Jesus took John up into an high mountain to show him the bride, the wife of the Lamb:
"And He carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the Holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God." Revelation 21:10
Jesus showed John the Jerusalem from above, and declared this Holy City was the bride of Christ. Praise the Lord, those who make up the Holy City are the bride of the Lamb. These are those Jesus declared:
"Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;" Revelation 21:11
These are those who have the glory of God. These, as Moses, will shine as clear crystal. These are completely transparent - - - or, they have nothing to hide in their lives. These will make up God's Kingdom. These are the overcomers in God's Kingdom. And this is the promise given to them:
"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be His God, and He shall be My son." Revelation 21:7
These are not only God's inheritors, these are His sons. There is no inheritance for the children, only for the mature saints. Jesus informs us how God will glorify His saints:
"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready." Revelation 19:7
God is preparing His Marriage Supper for His bride:
"And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints." Revelation 19:8
The bride will be arrayed (clothed) in fine linen. These will have on their robes of righteousness. These will display the purity of our God.
"And He saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And He saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God." Revelation 19:9
These are those who are called to the marriage supper of our God. And as John recorded, these are the true sayings (true words) of God.
Jesus gave an example of this great supper when He spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees. As we look at these two groups, we can understand that Jesus was addressing the legal and religious system of His day.
"Then said He unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent His servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready." Luke 14:16-17
Those who were invited to the great supper began to make excuses. One exclaimed, "I just purchased a piece of land. I need to go check it out." Another proclaimed, "I have just brought five yoke of oxen. I need to go work them." Another proclaimed, "I just married a wife, so I cannot come." We need to ask ourselves, if we miss the great marriage supper, what will be our excuse? Will the fear of losing our property be our excuse? Will our job keep us away? Or, will it be because we are listening to our wife instead of the Lord? What is it that will keep us bound to the things of this life? Jesus declared:
"For I say unto you, that none of those men which were bidden shall taste of My supper." Luke 14:24
None of these, no matter what their excuse, will sit down with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets at the great marriage supper of the Lamb.
The prophet Isaiah warned:
"Awake! Awake! Put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the Holy City: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean." Isaiah 52:1
As Isaiah proclaimed, if we want to be part of God's Kingdom, then we had better wake up to the fact His supper time is close at hand. If we want to be invited to partake of His supper, then it is time to awake out of our Adam sleep and arise from the dead and become partakers of the life of Christ. Jesus informs us how we can become part of His life and His supper:
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with Me." Revelation 3:20
The word sup is just a shortened form of `supper'. Christ is standing at the door of our heart, knocking. If we will only open that door, then He will enter in, and we can become partakers of His supper with him. Praise the Lord!
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
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