You might marvel, “what love? which bride? and how do you mean ‘rapture’?” Not to worry! This article promises to give you full details, thus opening your eyes and minds to this very important secret from God.
In the book of Galatians, when Apostle Paul received reports that some believers in Galatia were preaching and exalting the gospel of works above the gospel of faith in Christ Jesus that he once taught and delivered to them, he rebuked them sharply, pointing them to the most important aspect of the gospel.
Please note: The gospel of works refers to the things done in the flesh that do not necessarily translate to any spirituality or righteousness. e.g. Circumcision and other laws given by men, even the Jewish law. This makes people believe they are only saved by what they can do to please God.
On the other hand, The gospel of faith is the simple belief in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross for our sins, acknowledging that there is nothing more we can do to save ourselves; that we are saved by grace, not because we are deserving but because God loves us and He alone can help us live according to His Word.
Read Galatians Chapters 3 & 4:8-12
In Galatians Chapter 5 verse 6, Apostle Paul began to hint on LOVE being the fulfillment of law.
“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.”
Galatians 5:6 NKJV
Read Galatians 5:6-15
“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!”
Galatians 5:14-15 NKJV
Brethren, the fulfillment of the law is LOVE. Rather than seeking to please God through unrighteous works without faith in Christ Jesus, God wants us to demonstrate our Love and Faith in Him by loving our neighbours (other people) as ourselves, especially members of The Body of Christ!
Galatians 5:22 – 23 tell us that the fruit of The Spirt is Love and also give its attributes.
In 1 John 4, the Most Beloved Disciple, Apostle John also lent his voice to this truth.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.
And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us. If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.”
I John 4:7-21 NKJV
In conclusion, how loving we are as Christians will determine if we truly qualify to be translated to Heaven where we will live eternally with God who is LOVE.
The Elect, The Man Child, The Willing and Obedient Children of God constitutes The Bride of Christ!
To identify those who are not part of The Body of Christ.
Read Matthew 7: 15-23