The Bride of Christ
Part 2 of 3 of this bible study

 

Well known texts examined

In Revelation 21 we can read that the holy city, the new Jerusalem, is prepared as a bride. In Galatians 4:26 we can read that the new Jerusalem is our mother. Beside these two bible parts there are no further texts that can inform us about the bride. By christians two text parts are used to prove that the church is the bride. We shall examine the texts.

We start with the first part which can be found in:

2 Corinthians 11:1-2

"I hope you will put up with a little of my foolishness; but you are already doing that. I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him."

First we have to look at this verse through a more bible true translation, although it is not English like we speak now, this translation is closest to the original text. The King James.
'For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.'
You see that was is translated in the NIV as "I promised you ... to Christ" is not likewise translated in the KJ. And there is a good reason for that, you can't find that in the original Greek text.

What does Paul mean here? Does he mean that the church is the bride?

These verses are, of course, in a wider context. We can learn from chapter 10 that there are people who are resisting to Paul.
They think, among other things, that Paul lives by the standards of the world (2 Corinthians 10:2).We could say from them: they wanted to be more catholic than the pope.
Paul makes it clear, though he lives in the world, he doesn't live by the standards of the world. His actions are powerful and spiritual. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6).

2 Corinthians 10:2

"I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world."

2 Corinthians 10:3-6

"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete."

He pointed out to the Corinthians that they must not look only to what is on the surface of things. They must not think they are the only ones who belong to Christ, Paul belongs to Christ as well!
(2 Corinthians 10:7-8).

2 Corinthians 10:7-8

"You are looking only on the surface of things. If anyone is confident that he belongs to Christ, he should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as he. For even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than pulling you down, I will not be ashamed of it"

In the next part he continues. You could say that Paul felt attacked. His response is rather ironical in verse 12.
"And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about."

He thinks that those people are way out of line by boasting about themselves. (2 Corinthians 10:13).

2 Corinthians 10:13

"We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise".

Paul doesn't want to boast upon the results of his work as an apostle. He thinks, he has the right to boast, but then he says in vs. 17:
"In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would, but as a fool."

Then he goes on and says:
"Since many are boasting in the way the world does, I too will boast!"

What he starts telling now is boasting. It must be clear o the Corinthians that he is boasting, not talking like the Lord would do. It is the way of boasting, he just explained, you shouldn't do. But he thinks he can do that boasting, because he thinks the Corinthians will understand it.

2 Corinthians 11:2

"I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. ...."

Paul is jealous. He doesn't like it that his converts are following so easily another. Others who commend themselves (2 Corinthians 10:12).

2 Corinthians 10:12

"We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise."

He says:
"...I promised you to one husband,..." (NIV)
"...I have espoused you to one husband... (KJV)

The word: espoused is the Greek word: Harmozo. This is: Harmonize, bring in tune. Paul thinks it is not wise to boast about it, but he nevertheless says to the Corinthians that he harmonized them, brought them in tune with one man, with him self, so they will think and act as he does, "so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him (Christ) ."

In 1Co 4:15 Paul says something similar: "Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel."


2 Corinthians 11:3-5

"But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. But I do not think I am in the least inferior to those "super-apostles".

Paul already said it is foolishness that he is saying that he harmonized the Corinthians with him so they will think and act as he does, but nevertheless he thinks it is necessary to show them what his intentions are and how those others are damaging the cause. Further on he says:

2 Corinthians 11:12,16

"And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. "

vs.16 "I repeat: Let no-one take me for a fool. But if you do, then receive me just as you would a fool, so that I may do a little boasting."

In all these verses it is clear that Paul react against those, whom he later called: false apostles. He keep watch over them. He harmonized them with him, because he doesn't want them to follow these false apostles. He wants them to be pure, and then presents them as pure virgins to Christ.

He didn't harmonize them to Christ, how should he do that? He harmonized them to himself.

He want to present them to the Lord, not to commend himself , but being approved by the Lords commend.
(2 Corinthians 10:17-18).

2 Corinthians 10:17-18

"But, "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord." For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends."

The problem with this verse in the English translation is that the Greek word "aner" is translated as "husband", but it is three times more translated as "man". A man can be a husband, but in this case it is not. In this case it is Paul.

Suppose that that man is Christ, as so many people think, then we have to ask ourselves why Paul thinks it is foolish that he makes that remark. Why should it be foolish to harmonize someone to Christ?
Assuming that this would be possible.

When we think about that it must be clear that Paul speaks about himself.

There remains one remark of Paul to discuss:
3. "...so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him."

Is Paul telling here that the church is the bride? If that's what he want to tell us it is the only time in the New testament it is told like that. Reason enough to be very cautious to explain this verse like some people do that the church is the bride.

There is another, second bible part, which is used by christians to prove that the church is the bride. It is in the letter to the Efesians. We will discuss this later on. First we will read some verses in the New Testament which will tell us something about the church.

Romans 8:29

"For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers."

Believers "conformed" to the likeness of Jesus. And if those many brothers are us, are we then not foremost brothers of the Lord, instead of the bride?


1 John 3:2

"Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is."

When Jesus is the bridegroom, can we be "like Him" and at the same time the bride?


1 Corinthians 6:15

"Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?"

We are one body with Christ. It is written, nevertheless, that man and wife are one body, but that is after they get married. The wedding is still ahead of us, so being one body with Christ, in the sense of man and wife, is not possible.

The next verses show us all that we are one with Jesus, that one, that we are part of his body. A bridegroom longs to be one with his bride, we, as the body of Jesus, are already one with him, not as bride, but as a body.


1 Corinthians 12:27

"Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it."


Ephesians 1:22-23

"And God ... appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body,"


Colossians 1:18

"And he is the head of the body, the church; "

Now it become more clear that is difficult to still believe that the church is the bride, we know even less then we thought we knew. Therefore we have to do more bible research to find out who is the bride.

The Old Testament is a valuable source of information, for this subject too!

The Old Testament

We've already covered some texts of the Old Testament. But there are more interesting verses about our subject.

The Old Testament speaks also about a marriage. It turned out that God married Jerusalem. And Jerusalem is the capital of the land where the people of God lives.

The prophet Ezekiel had to deliver a message from God:

Ezekiel 16

"1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 "Son of man, confront Jerusalem with her detestable practices and say, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says to Jerusalem: Your ancestry and birth were in the land of the Canaanite's; ... 5 No-one looked on you with pity or had compassion... 6 "'Then I passed by and saw you kicking about in your blood, and as you lay there in your blood I said to you, "Live!" I made you grow like a plant of the field. You grew up and developed and became the most beautiful of jewels. Your breasts were formed and your hair grew, you who were naked and bare. 8 "'Later I passed by, and when I looked at you and saw that you were old enough for love, I spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your nakedness. I gave you my solemn oath and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Sovereign LORD, and you became mine."

Here we read how God married Jerusalem. It is the earthly Jerusalem, because further on we read that this Jerusalem became a prostitute. The verses we read in the New Testament spoke about an heavenly Jerusalem, the new bride of the Lord. But here in Ezekiel we read about the earthly Jerusalem, and this earthly Jerusalem became, so we read here, the wife of God. The Lord takes care for her and gives her Jewelry.

"13 ... You became very beautiful and rose to be a queen. 14 And your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign LORD."

Unfortunately this is not the end of the story. The Lord says in the next verses very harsh things about his wife.

"15 "'But you trusted in your beauty and used your fame to become a prostitute. You lavished your favors on anyone who passed by and your beauty became his."
"32 "'You adulterous wife! You prefer strangers to your own husband!"
The Lord even called her a prostitute:

"35 "'Therefore, you prostitute, hear the word of the LORD!

The Lord says then a lot of things which made it clear how adulterous she is, but He ends this chapter with these verses:

"59 "'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will deal with you as you deserve, because you have despised my oath by breaking the covenant. 60 Yet I will remember the covenant I made with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you. 61 Then you will remember your ways and be ashamed when you receive your sisters, both those who are older than you and those who are younger. I will give them to you as daughters, but not on the basis of my covenant with you. 62 So I will establish my covenant with you, and you will know that I am the LORD. 63 Then, when I make atonement for you for all you have done, you will remember and be ashamed and never again open your mouth because of your humiliation, declares the Sovereign LORD.'""

The Lord breaks the covenant with Jerusalem, His wife, the same she did. But, happily He says immediately, He will remember the covenant He made with her in the days of her youth and establish an everlasting covenant with her. This will be possible because He Himself will take care of reconciling. The great sacrifice of our Lord Jesus is also the reconciliation for His unfaithful wife.

A prophet who lived at the same time as Ezekiel was Jeremiah. He had to deliver also messages from the Lord. Actual the chapters we mentioned of Jeremiah and Ezekiel should be read entirely, to understand better what they are talking about. But for now I will take some parts of these prophets, which are to my view typical:


Jeremiah 2:1-3, 11, 19b

"1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 "Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem: "'I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the desert, through a land not sown. 3 Israel was holy to the LORD, the first fruits of his harvest; all who devoured her were held guilty, and disaster overtook them,'" declares the LORD."

Within only a few verses the Lord makes it clear that Israel deserted Him. We go on with verse 11.

"11 Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their Glory for worthless idols. 12 Be appalled at this, O heavens, and shudder with great horror," declares the LORD. 13 "My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.".... 19b....Consider then and realise how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the LORD your God and have no awe of me," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty."

The Lord goes on with his charge to Israel, read on:

Jeremiah 3:6-10, 12b, 14, 17-18

"6 During the reign of King Josiah, the LORD said to me, "Have you seen what faithless Israel has done? She has gone up on every high hill and under every spreading tree and has committed adultery there. 7 I thought that after she had done all this she would return to me but she did not, and her unfaithful sister Judah saw it. 8 I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear; she also went out and committed adultery. 9 Because Israel's immorality Matthew red so little to her, she defiled the land and committed adultery with stone and wood. 10 In spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return to me with all her heart, but only in pretence," declares the LORD."

Jeremiah lived about 130 years after the people of Israel -the ten tribes- were kept in exile by the Assyrians. The remaining two tribes -the Jews- were kept in exile during his life to Babel. The Lord called Israel with the name: faithless Israel, and the Jews, that is Judah, He called them: unfaithful. The ten tribes: Israel, were cast off by Him and He gave them a certificate of divorce. The two tribes repented, but as Lord says, not with all their heart, but only in pretence. Nevertheless He didn't give them a certificate of divorce. They still remains His wife.

About Israel (the ten tribes) the Lord is still sad. He says: 12b."... 'Return, faithless Israel,' declares the LORD, 'I will frown on you no longer, for I am merciful,' declares the LORD, 'I will not be angry for ever."

14 "Return, faithless people," declares the LORD, "for I am your husband. I will choose you--one from a town and two from a clan--and bring you to Zion." ..... 17. At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the LORD, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the LORD. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts. 18 In those days the house of Judah will join the house of Israel, and together they will come from a northern land to the land I gave your forefathers as an inheritance."

However this is not the subject of this bible study, I want to point, that the prophet Jeremiah writes down the words of the Lord when he speaks of Israel and Judah. Israel was already for 130 year in exile and never returned. They are, through the years scattered among the nations. Nevertheless the Lord speaks here about the 10-tribes and the 2-tribes, Israel and Judah, that they will live together in the land God has given their forefathers. So despite the certificate of divorce to Israel and the rejection of Israel there will be a time that the Lord will be merciful to them and let them return to the promised land. When? When Jerusalem shall be called: Throne of the Lord. At that time the Lord will make a new covenant, that is a marriage, with His people.

Jeremiah had to speak a lot more words from the Lord, and one of these words we read in:

Jeremiah 31:31-32

"31 "The time is coming," declares the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them," declares the LORD."

Literally this last sentence is: though I married them.
The first covenant, the marriage doesn't exist anymore. God gave them a certificate of divorce. Judah repented, not with their heart, but they got nevertheless mercy in the eyes of the Lord (see Deuteronomy 24:1-4.).

Deuteronomy 24:1-4

"1 If a man marries a woman who becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house, 2 and if after she leaves his house she becomes the wife of another man, 3 and her second husband dislikes her and writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house, or if he dies, 4 then her first husband, who divorced her, is not allowed to marry her again after she has been defiled. That would be detestable in the eyes of the LORD. Do not bring sin upon the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance."

So israel is officially divorced from the Lord and Judah went back to the Lord. So that marriage exists at the time of Jeremiah.
But a marriage will also be dissolved by death. (see Romans 7:2-3).

Romans 7:2-3

"2 For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law of marriage. 3 So then, if she marries another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress, even though she marries another man."

Did the woman -Judah- die? Or did the husband -the Lord- die?
The husband -the Lord of the Old Testament- is the same as "The Word". "All things were made by him; and without him was not a thing made that was made...the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." (see John l)
By the death of the husband at the cross, are either husband and wife free. The marriage, or the covenant is not valid anymore, nor for Israel nor for Judah. When the new covenant will be effective, it will be again with Israel and Judah as we just read in Jeremiah 31:31-33, but as long as this new covenant is not effective the whole of Israel will be a widow.

That this is not only my way of seeing is proved in Isaiah 54. This bible part teaches us something that we can use when we think furthermore about the bride.


Isaiah 54

1 "Sing, O barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband," says the LORD.
4 Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. 5 For your Maker is your husband--the LORD Almighty is his name--the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.
6 The LORD will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit--a wife who married young, only to be rejected," says your God. 7 "For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. 8 In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you," says the LORD your Redeemer." ...."11 "O afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will build you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with sapphires. 12 I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones. 13 All your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children's peace."

This bible part doesn't say exactly who is mentioned here. We have to make that conclusion by reading what is written. Verse l is quoted by Paul in Galatians 4:26-27. This barren woman is according to Paul 'The heavenly Jerusalem', and this Jerusalem from above has brought forth us because it is our mother. (vs.26). This heavenly Jerusalem is the opposite of the earthly Jerusalem, that is in slavery with her children.

That barren woman, which Paul explains is the Jerusalem from above, has not to fear.

Galatians 4:26-27

"2 For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law of marriage. 3 So then, if she marries another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress, even though she marries another man."


Isaiah 54:4

4 "Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood."

This heavenly Jerusalem has become related here with a people, introduced as a woman, which apparently became disgraced in her youth and later became a widow.

This all seems very difficult. I have to admit it isn't easy, but by slowly going on with studying the Bible it must be possible to get more insight.

What has the heavenly Jerusalem to do with a woman that became disgraced at her youth?
Let us first read some other bible parts to see what the bible tells us more about that woman that became disgraced. Than we will see later on what the heavenly Jerusalem has to do with her.

Ezekiel get another word of the Lord that we can read in chapter 23. It is about two daughters from one mother. The one is called Oholah, the other Oholibah.


Ezekiel 23

"3 They became prostitutes in Egypt, engaging in prostitution from their youth....."
"4 The older was named Oholah, and her sister was Oholibah. They were mine and gave birth to sons and daughters. Oholah is Samaria, and Oholibah is Jerusalem."

Samaria was the capital of the10-tribes kingdom Israel.

5 "Oholah engaged in prostitution while she was still mine; and she lusted after her lovers, the Assyrians--warriors"....
8 She did not give up the prostitution she began in Egypt, when during her youth men slept with her, caressed her virgin bosom and poured out their lust upon her."
11 "Her sister Oholibah saw this, yet in her lust and prostitution she was more depraved than her sister."

What a bitter acquisition of the Lord to Judah and Israel. What a grief is there too, but we also can see, that the Lord in His justice, punishes.

35 "Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Since you have forgotten me and thrust me behind your back, you must bear the consequences of your lewdness and prostitution."

It is good to know, through all the bible, that God is merciful also for this people.

We learned from the texts we read, in conjunction with our subject of study, that Israel became prostitutes in Egypt and that this happened in her youth. As we read in Isaiah 54 the Lord says:


Isaiah 54:4

4. "...Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth..."

A prophecy that connect very nice to a word of the Lord that we can read in Joel.


Joel 2:27

"...never again will my people be shamed. Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the LORD your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed."

This is clearly unfulfilled prophesy.

Finally some verses from Jeremiah 50. Here too you should read the whole chapter, but for now I will take some verses which connect to our subject of study. It is a prophesy about Babel. This is a prophesy that is not fulfilled yet, that will be clear when you read the verses.


Jeremiah 50 and 51

"In those days, at that time," declares the LORD, "the people of Israel and the people of Judah together will go in tears to seek the LORD their God.
5 They will ask the way to Zion and turn their faces towards it. They will come and bind themselves to the LORD in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten."
20. "In those days, at that time," declares the LORD, "search will be made for Israel's guilt, but there will be none, and for the sins of Judah, but none will be found, for I will forgive the remnant I spare."

Jeremiah 51:5

"For Israel and Judah have not been forsaken by their God, the LORD Almighty, though their land is full of guilt before the Holy One of Israel."

So we see, that "In those days, at that time," the Israelites will come, together with the Jews. They will go to Sion and seek the Lord. (see also Jeremiah 2 en 3) At that time the Lord will forgive the remnant He spared. Israel en Judah shall be united and no longer be widows. This means, that He will take them as His wife. Isaiah says the same: Isaiah 54.


Isaiah 54

4b. "You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
5 For your Maker is your husband--the LORD Almighty is his name--the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth."

From the verses we read it is clear that all of Israel, as it will be developed in the future, is meant by Isaiah, when he speaks about the wife distressed in spirit:
6. " The LORD will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit--a wife who married young, only to be rejected," says your God.
7 "For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.
8 In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you," says the LORD your Redeemer."

After the Lord made it clear that He will not be in anger anymore to Israel and that His new covenant shall not be removed He goes on:

11-12 ""O afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will build you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with sapphires. I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones."

This part sounds very familiar. When I read this I have to think of the new Jerusalem as it is written in Revelations 21, don't you?

Anyway it is clear from Isaiah 54 that God doesn't have a problem to speak about a wife that is a people, and He describes that people as a city! We have to be accustomed to this way of thinking because otherwise it will be very difficult to get an idea of the bride of Christ is.

Summary

The Old Testament is seen by many people as "old and not applicable anymore". That is however a wrong attitude. What we call the Old Testament is just one with the last part of the bible: the New Testament. We always have to use the whole bible when we want to know what God want from us and what His plans are.

We have read some parts of the Old Testament and we've seen that God entered into a marriage (covenant) with Israel. By doing so Israel became His.

When the Lord speaks about Israel He often speaks also about Jerusalem, or "the land".

Israel however became adulterous. God even called her a prostitute.
Because of the sins of Solomon the nation of Israel became divided. Jeremiah makes it clear that the Lord loves them both, but Israel, the ten tribes, sinned so much that God gives her a certificate of divorce. Israel (10-tribes) was kept in captivity by the Assyrians and till now never returned.
Her sister, Judah, saw this, yet in her lust and prostitution she was more depraved than her sister. She didn't repent with all her heart but only by appearance.

The Lord is very sad and calls again and again: Return to me Israel. He promises a new covenant (marriage) with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.

He will gather them in the land Israel. Israel is now a widow, because her husband died on the cross, but she shall be redeemed by the resurrected Lord. Think of the story of Ruth and Boas

Ruth 3:12-13

"Although it is true that I am near of kin, there is a kinsman- redeemer nearer than I. Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to redeem, good; let him redeem. But if he is not willing, as surely as the Lord lives I will do it. Lie here until morning".


For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back, says the Lord

Before we start to try to make some cautious conclusions from the bible parts we already read, I will read and discuss with you two more important bible parts.

We will do this in part three of this bible study about the bride of Christ.