The Bride …His only compatible partner (Friday 26th Jan 2018)

Hello dear brothers and sisters. Yesterday we talked about the centrality of theme of the Bride in Scripture and mentioned that in the Song of Songs, Solomon, a picture of Christ our Bridegroom King, refers to His Bride, the Shulamite woman, as His Dove. Likewise as their relationship develops she too describes him like a dove. Tomorrow I’ll tell you how significant that descriptive term is and why perhaps the Holy Spirit caused it to be used in Scripture, to describe the Bride of Christ.
However for today I just want to emphasize the significance of the fact that both the Bridegroom and the Bride express their love to each other by both using the same word ‘Dove’…… and perhaps as we playfully suggested by singing or ’cooing’ to each other. The point I’m making is that they were so compatible. They were like each other.
When God created the World He spoke …”Let there be“ … and it was. When He created Adam He stooped down to earth and formed him with his own hands from the dust of the earth. But… He created him …. ”male and female”. Where was Mrs Adam? She was inside Adam because she had to be made of the same DNA. She was “flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone”. In order for Adam to have a compatible partner she had to be out of him….out of his DNA. So when God formed Eve He put Adam to sleep and drew her out of his side and so she is called ‘Wo – man’…from man.
But Jesus is the second Adam and He too needed a compatible partner to be His Bride …the Wife of the Lamb. But there was no compatible partner until Jesus died (put to sleep) on the cross, to purchase, redeem and sanctify by His blood a Bride who would be like Him. She was already in Him too. Then the as the spear of the soldier pierced His side, She…. the Bride of Christ, who was “in Christ before the foundation of the world” was draw out.
Truly, in His Bride, Jesus has a compatible partner.
Because of this and this alone, She is able to reign with Him in the ages to come!
Are you of the company of the Bride? Jesus urges us to “Make ourselves ready” Matt 25 The Parable of the foolish virgins.
Oh Lord, Our Bridegroom King. How blessed we are. How much you must love us. With Your blood we are bought.
Today I choose to live and worship You as Your Beloved Bride
Howard@Call2Come

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Howard Barnes was born in England in 1944 to Salvation Army pastor parents. After secondary education he went to university and studied Theology and subsequently become a Secondary School teacher and served in several London schools as the Head of Divinity. During these years he also was a youth leader and then served as a pastor of a local church in Cornwall, England. In 2003 he retired from teaching, after 37 years’ service, to take up a position as director of an evangelistic ministry called Harvest for Christ but in 2008 he became Co-director of Time Out Mission International and more recently director of The Body and the Bride Network Ministry International (UK). These last two ministries which he co-directed with his close friend and ministry colleague, Michael Pike (Apostle), were deeply passionate about two things. 1) to see the worldwide Church discover the meaning of real unity and so fulfill the prayer of Jesus in Jn 17 v 21 and 23 ….“that they may be One even as we are One” and 2) to understand and embrace its end-time identity as the precious Bride of Christ and to prepare her for the coming Bridegroom King. These experiences have paved the way for the creation of this new ministry called The Call2Come which, while still holding to these emphasis, calls the Church to prepare Herself as His precious Bride and so position Herself to cry the prayer that only the Bride can¬ pray. It is only the “Spirit and the Bride” that can cry Come. Howard has received two honorary doctorates in recognition of his mission and reconciliation/peace work in over 70 nations around the world. He is also an official representative for Foundations for Biblical Farming (FFF) which comes out of Zimbabwe, Africa and for the World Prayer Assembly (WPA). He is a regular speaker at international church conferences and operates under an apostolic mantel. He has been married to Tricia for 50 years who was herself a music teacher, and they have two lovely married children and four beautiful grandchildren. He is both a musician and a gifted artist.

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