Q. In one of your most recent articles on the bride of Christ, you note that the Church is the bride, as many do. The reference you use in Ephesians 5 doesn’t seem to clarify that the church is the bride. although many state that the church is the bride. As I read Revelation 21:2 and 21:9 and 10 it would seem clear that the Holy City New Jerusalem is The Bride. Are there other scriptures where it states the Church is the Bride in no uncertain terms?
A. I’ve answered questions like this before, but it bears repeating. To me this issue is as much a matter of common sense as anything else. Why would Jesus marry a city? Wouldn’t He more likely marry the people in the city? And Rev. 21 doesn’t say the Holy City is the bride, but that it’s prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. The Greek word translated “as” also means “like” and indicates John was making a comparison. Just as no effort is spared to make a bride look her absolute best on her wedding day, so no effort will be spared in making the Holy City look as beautiful as possible as it comes down out of Heaven. The description of the city in Rev. 21:11-20 supports this.
For an additional reference besides Ephesians 5:25-27, in 2 Cor. 11:1-2 Paul spoke of espousing the Church to one husband, to Christ, that he might present us as a pure virgin to Him. The Greek word translated espouse means to betroth or to give in marriage. It’s clear that the Church is the Bride of Christ.