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Delivered By
Bob Petersen
Delivered On
June 30, 2019
Description

The Pure Bride

 

Overview

1.  Signs

2.  A picture of the mature bride

3.  Signs of Immaturity

4.  Wrinkle removal

5.  Allowing God to mature us

  

Signs

The Bible speaks about signs of the times.

Signs are to let you know you're on the right road.

If you are following Jesus and he had a whole multitude of followers and he spoke one word you would wonder if you’re on the wrong road.

If we have expectations of things being easy and then hit a hard deliverance place, we need understanding so we won't give up mid-process.

 

A Picture of the Bride at Jesus Return

Ephesians 5:25-27 NKJV "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish."

  • Spot or wrinkle and without blemish is not referring to her skin or physical appearance.
  • It is referring to her spiritual state
  • Wrinkle (Greek): shriveled (due to a lack of water)
  • Blemish (Greek): Flaw (causing a blemish on a person’s record by their actions)

Colossians 1:28 AMP "Him we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One)."

2 Corinthians 11:2 NAS "For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin."

 

Signs of Immaturity

  • Spiritually immature Christians are gullible to strange doctrines.
  • Spiritually immature Christians aren’t able to play nice with other believers.
  • Spiritually immature Christians are controlled by their fleshly impulses.

 

1 Corinthians 3:1-3 NAS "And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?"

 

The Removal of Growth-Stopping Things

Hebrews 5:11-12 NAS "Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food."

  • Spiritual milk is the confrontation and teaching of silly fleshly things.

 

Transformation is not an option.

  • Fleshly things must be done away with
  • Bondages must be eliminated
  • Wounds must be healed

 

1 Peter 4:12-18 NAS "Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name. For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE GODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER?"

 

Allowing God to Mature Us

Richard Innes - teaches in the Divorce and Grief Recovery program at the Crystal Cathedral:

"Being responsible means we refuse to play the blame-game. Consistently blaming someone else for problems will cause us to B-LAME! When working in divorce recovery workshops over the past couple of decades I have found that almost all people in impaired relationships primarily blame their partner for the breakdown in the relationship. They forget that it takes two to tango and that they have contributed to the problem, whether by being too weak, too passive, or too co- or over-dependent, and what it was that attracted them to their partner in the first place.

On one occasion a friend once said to me, "Are you angry at me because I've been divorced three times?" "Angry, no," I answered, "afraid, yes!" "Well they were all jerks," she responded.

Sadly my friend is now on her fifth marriage."

 

Ephesians 4:11-15 "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; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ."