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The Bride and the Body of Christ are one. This is generally understood. They are different ways of seeing the same thing… which is the ekklesia, the assembly, the called out ones. Believers in Jesus.

Yet it’s more. I can’t put it into words. It was a flash, an impression in my spirit. They/we are one ‘flesh’, with Christ  as the head. We are here on earth, yet also seated with Him at the right hand of the Father. The seat of authority and rest. Until He comes to be with us bodily, He is with us in the ekklesia, we are united in spirit.

I’m seeing a mixing of metaphors. The bride of Christ and the body of Christ are ways of describing the same group of people. The ekklesia. The gathering, the called out ones, the assembly. The family is also a description of who we are, where we cry out, Abba, Father. And where we are brothers and sisters of Jesus. Further, we are the house/dwelling/temple of God. We are also sheep. Branches of the Vine. The kingdom of God and heaven. The elect. We are all of that.

What we have in the bride and bridegroom, and the body, is a joining that makes of two, one. The head of the body is Jesus. As in the marriage example, the man, Jesus, leaves his home and joins with the woman and they become one. Bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh.

While all the metaphors that apply to the ekklesia are referring to the same thing, describing the same thing, the body and bride indicate much more unity, almost like the vine and branches. It’s important to see this. Otherwise we have seemingly two different bodies of believers. But we do not. They are one.

Just as the Son and Father are one, and we are one with Him, so the bride and body are one. Remember, there is no more Jew nor Greek, but one new man. Ha! Another metaphor for the ekklesia – a new man. We are part of the divine dance, the perichoresis (this comes from two Greek words, peri, which means “around” and chorea, which means “dance” and refers to the mutual indwelling and intersecting of the godhead).

Eve came from Adam. The church came from Jesus. One was physical. The other is spiritual, though composed of physical persons. So the woman and the man both exist on the earth, united in spirit.  But the head of the church is Christ who is seated in heaven, and He will return as the Bridegroom and be with her physically one day.

We are to consider the bride and the body as joined and as one. They are metaphors for the same corporate expression of God’s plurality. It is hard to wrap our minds around metaphors sometimes, and all metaphors are incomplete. They are just descriptive of something that often can’t be seen and understood any other way. One day we will see face to face and know as we are known.

And even this is a poor attempt to put what I see into words. I so understand the struggle Paul had to express what he saw and knew in his heart.

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