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Question: Can you explain the difference between the wife and the bride of Christ ?
Name: WEB Staff
Answer: Thank you for the question Trish.
I do not believe there is a difference between the two. If you look up the two words; “bride” and “wife” in the Strong’s Concordance you will find there certainly is a difference between the two words though. “Bride” is more of a reference to a young married woman while “wife” simply means wife or woman. God’s Word has certainly been written on many levels, but scripture does not declare a difference between the two. Let us document that, please turn your Bible with me to,
9 “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.”
The bride and wife are one and the same. Who is the bride (those who love and stand for our Father)? The Lamb’s wife, who will participate in the great wedding at the end of the Tribulation and she will spiritually marry the Lamb who is Jesus Christ (John 1:29).
Question: Good Morning,
I am trying to better understand Matthew 5:38-39. I instinctively have a hard time believing that Christ wants us to not defend ourselves against physical and verbal assaults. How would the heathens ever respect us Christians if we were viewed as nothing more than pacifist punching bags. As a victim of bullying in grade school (in a private Christian school no less), I found my only recourse was to stand up for myself, not just ‘turn the other cheek.’ Am I wrong in my belief?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Good morning right back at you Dave and thank you for the question.
I am sure you learned a lot from those days in grade school and your only recourse was the right thing to do.
You are absolutely correct, Christians are not a bunch of sissies! God cannot use a sissy. God needs men and woman who will stand up for themselves and Him. Further, we know our Father’s Letter does not contradict itself. If we look back through scripture we can note all of the wars the Lord had Israel fight. At times they lost sight of the fact that the Lord was there and played the coward and it never got them anywhere until they listened to their Father and marched forward. Please turn your Bible with me to,
1 “A Psalm of David. Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:”
LORD in all uppercase, that is Jehovah our Father in Heaven who does what? Teaches our hands to war, to fight against those who would come against us. God wants warriors spiritually and or otherwise to make that stand for Him.
The verses you quoted have certainly caused a lot of confusion and I feel the subject resides in verses 11 where Christ said, “for my sake“. With that thought in mind let us turn to the book of Luke where this should bring it home for us.
22 “Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.”
Bless are you when what? When men hate you and separate themselves from you for the Son of man’s sake, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Meaning, when you make a stand for Christ and when He is that reason for strife. That is the subject and the condition that carries through from here on out. Let us continue.
28 “Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”
29 “And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.”
When Christ is the reason for the offense then you are blessed and that is also when you should turn the other cheek. A lot of Christians have a tough time keeping their lips closed and over share the Word of God. Sharing is a wonderful thing, but if you overload someone else who is on another level than you there becomes a great chance for tensions to rise. I am sure everyone knows what I am talking about here. Share, but know at what level and to what degree. Never, ever unload all of our knowledge or the knowledge we think we have on someone else at once. Instead, fish like Christ taught us. Give a little here and let them take in the spiritual bait. When they tug the line, that is when you give a little more.
Bible Q&A Q2 from 6-17-2016
What is your scriptural belief of hell? Is it to you the consuming fire of God and the eternal dissipation of one’s spirit as smoke rising into nothingness? As a spit over the fire, metaphorically speaking? And in having been done also the blotting out of the Book of Life of such individual. And therefore end of story? Or as scripture seems to depict, a more literal punishable fire and brimstone and lake of fire eternal scenario? Which is it in your interpretive study? Seems to be something in rightly dividing the Word for me to be complex even by the use of the Strong’s! And it is Exhaustive! 🙂 Thank you so very much for your Elect brotherhood in Christ! See you on the inside gate of New Jerusalem University!
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Todd, you are doing fine.
I love this subject and I am going to include two links below this answer filled with in depth documentation. Please take the time to read them I think you will enjoy them.
I am going to take a guess and say you will know the answer to these questions, but putting them together here should help it gel in your mind.
What is our God?
- …”Our God is a consuming fire.” – Hebrews 12:29
Is our Father the God of the dead or of the living?
- …”He is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.” – Luke 20:38
Our Father is a consuming fire and that is exactly how this earth age will be destroyed, by His Fire (2 Peter 3:10). God is not going to have a bunch of burning dead people hanging around forever and ever. Our Father’s Word is filled with symbolism and parables as it is not meant for all to understand, however it does provide for different levels of teaching and understanding (Mark 4:11-12).
Is God really a fire? Of course not, the fire is simply His Holy Spirit that chars those who hate Him and warms those who love Him.
Please turn your Bible with me to,
14 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the first is of the flesh.”
15 “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
What does the word “hell” actually mean? If you open the Strong’s Concordance that you referred to you will see it is word 86 in the Greek and simply means “grave“. Not a burning pit of screaming charred bodies.
Let me ask, is death and hell something tangible? No. Yet we were told they were cast into the lake of fire. This is symbology as well that means death including Satan will be destroyed and this is very permanent (Hebrews 2:14).
At the end of the Millennium, at the White Throne Judgement “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away,” (Revelation 21:4).
Bible Q&A from 6-5-2015 – Q3
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