Still More On The Body And The Bride

Q. Is the Body of Christ the same as the Bride of Christ? It seems in Philippians 3:10-11 that Paul makes a distinction between the two words for “resurrection” found in both verse 10 and 11. Could there be a “taking out of” that first resurrection of the Body to create the Bride? Another thought: when God created a bride for Adam, He took her “out of” his body.

A. If only part of the church was destined to be the Bride, I seriously doubt that Paul would have hidden it away in two verses by using two forms of the Greek word for resurrection. I think it’s especially unlikely in that it would contradict Paul’s other statements on the subject. Both Ephes. 5:25 and 2 Cor. 11:2 infer that the Church, the body of Christ, is the Bride of Christ.

In addition, Revelation 21:9 describes the New Jerusalem as the home of the bride and Rev. 21:27 explains that only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of Life can enter there. Those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life make up the Church.

The Greek word translated “out of” which is used as a prefix to “resurrection” in Phil. 3:11 also means “from”. When combined, they mean “resurrection from the dead”. Paul was not talking about taking some out of the resurrection of the Church to be the Bride, He was talking about his hope of being resurrected from the dead.

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