Those who slander the truth say, “The Bride does not mean God the Mother, but the Church or the saints (Eph 5:22-27; 2 Co 11:2).” Let’s find out why their insistence is contrary to the teachings of the Bible. They know only one side of the story, not both sides. In the Bible, one word can have many different meanings. However, they are overlooking this fact. Their insistence is foolish slander from their fragmentary point of view on the Bible.
1. “Lamb” means both the saints and Jesus
Many times, Jesus is described as the “Shepherd” and the saints as the “lambs,” in the Bible.
- Jn 10:10-11 “I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and have it to the full . . . I am the good shepherd.”
- Jn 21:15 Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Here, lambs are the saints and the shepherd is Jesus. Then does it mean that the “lamb” can never be used to describe Jesus? That is not true.
- Jn 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
In John 1:29, the “Lamb” indicates Jesus who is the Savior, and the lambs in John 10:10 and 21:15 are the saints. Although lambs can mean the saints in the Bible, the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world in John 1:29 can only be our “Savior,” not the “saints.” However, if someone tries to explain this matter in the way they explain about the Bride, they would have to say, “Lambs means the saints, so the Lamb can never mean Jesus,” or “Jesus is the Lamb, so He must be one of the saints.” How foolish is this insistence?
2. The Bride of the “Lamb,” who gives the water of life, is Mother
It is the same with the expression, “the bride, the wife of the Lamb” (Rev 21:9-10). Sometimes, Christ and the saints [the church] are described as the husband and wife (Eph 5:22-27; 2 Co 11:2). However, the “bride of the Lamb” who gives the water of life in Revelation chapters 19, 21 and 22 is not the saints [the church], but the “Savior.”
- Rev 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.
Here, if we interpreted the bride of the Holy Spirit as the “saints,” there would be a contradiction. It is because only God has the power of salvation and can give the water of life. In the age of the Father, God Jehovah, who was the Savior in the age of the Father, gave the water of life; and in the age of the Son, Jesus, who was the Savior in the age of the Son, gave the water of life (Jn 4:14; 7:37).
So, “the Holy Spirit and the Bride,” who give the water of life to the saints, are Christs, the Saviors in the age of the Holy Spirit. The Bride in Revelation 22 is the “heavenly Jerusalem” (Rev 21:9),
and the heavenly Jerusalem is “our Mother.”
- Gal 4:26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.
Here, who does “our” refer to? They are the saints who will be saved. So, Mother, who is the Bride of the Holy Spirit, is not the saints but their Mother who gives them the water of life.
Therefore, the insistence that “the Bride is the church, not Mother,” is non-biblical.
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