Consider the sermon draft. We, who are the born-again believers in Christ, are the church of Christ. We are also the bride of Christ. We should always consider, “just how special we are,” as being the Bride of Christ. We are, of all times, “the Bride of all brides.” Our Groom, who is Jesus, is the “Groom of all grooms,” of all times. Consider “just how protective Jesus is of His Bride,” during these times in which we live, and always will be, especially when we consider the coming of the seven years of tribulation.
Ephesians 4:11-12 – New American Standard Bible
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
Daily equipping necessary. Detailed study needed. Consider word meanings, “Hebrew and Greek.” (numbers here relate to Greek)
Isaiah 55:8 King James Bible
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
Psalm 103:19 King James Bible
The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
1 John 4:8 New American Standard Bible
The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
John 10:28 King James Bible
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Consider Key Words Of Scripture:
Hebrews 4:12 – New American Standard Bible
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart
12. Soul – 5590; Spirit – 4151
Romans 8:28-30 (NASB)
28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
28. called – 2822; purpose – 4286
29. foreknew – 4267; predestined – 4309; to be conformed – 4832b; to the image – 1504; of His son – 5207
30. predestined – 4309; called – 2564; justified – 1344; glorified – 1392
Jeremiah 30:7 – Jacob’s Trouble (Tribulation)
Luke 21:24 – Times Of The Gentiles (The era from Israel’s captivity to Babylon (586 B.C..2 Kings 25) to Her restoration in the Kingdom (Revelation 20:1-6/Millennium/For God’s Purpose)
Joel 3:10 – Beat Your Plowshares Into Swords…(Tribulation-War)
Isaiah 2:4 – Beat Your Swords Into Plowshares… (Millennium-Peace)
The Special Born Again Body And Bride Of Christ.
1 John 1:5 – John 1:1-13 – Light vs darkness
John 1: 9 – The Calling/Courting Of Holy Spirit
John 3:3-8 – The Cleansing By The Holy Spirit
John 3:16 – The Response Of The Prospective Bride
John 3:17 – 2 Peter 3:9 – Not One Misses The Calling
John 3:18 – Romans 8:1 – The Consummation Of The Relationship
John 3:19 – The Rejection Of The Calling
John 3:20 – The Natural State Of Those In Darkness
versus John 1:9 – The Response Of The Holy Spirit
Those in darkness – Rev 3:10 – Rev 11:10 – Rev 13:8
Those who are “in light” – Important!
Compare Rev 3:10 with Philippians 3:20.
“Dwellers of the earth vs Citizens of heaven”
Philippians 3:20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;
John 3:21 – The State Of Those “In Light”
I Enter The Holy Of Holies