Catholic understanding of a nun being the bride of Christ is not found
in the Bible. The Holy Scriptures state that the Bride of Christ
or Body of Christ is comprised of those who are born again into a
living relationship with God through Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians
12:12-14). These individuals are incorporated into an invisible
union with Jesus Christ. His Body consists of many members throughout
the ages and throughout the entire world. The Bible refers to this
union as the “Church.” Over the centuries, the Bride of Christ has
continued to grow as people are reconciled to the living God through
the death of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. Meanwhile, God is
preparing this body of believers, the Church, to be united with Jesus.
The Apostle Paul teaches us that the Church is presently under going
transformation, being purified and washed by the teaching of the word
of God (the Bible). We read this in Ephesians 5:25-26 “Husbands, love
your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for
it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by
the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not
having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy
and without blemish”. The apostle is comparing the relationship between
husbands and wives to that of Christ and the Church.
When the end of the age is culminated, Jesus Christ comes to claim his
precious Bride or Church. We are given a glimpse of this glorious
event in the book of Revelation 19: 7-9 “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give
honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath
made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed
in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness
of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are
called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me,
These are the true sayings of God.” Revelation 21:9 ... “I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s
wife”. Dear reader, examine the state of your soul.
Have you been washed by the Word of God? Will you stand holy and
blameless before the Lamb of God at the Great Marriage Supper?