It has never seemed that clear to me~the relationship of “Christ and His bride”, the church. The words I know, but the underlying truth of the words never encamped in my heart. . . until I read this excerpt from WI Evan’s book. See if this also speaks to your understanding: Excerpt is taken from This River Must Flow! by W. I. Evans
A chaste virgin has given herself in betrothal to a Bridegroom. He has gone away, but her heart is His. He communicates with her, and His communications are precious. They make her heart burn within her. He sends her those things that have peculiar relationship to the delightful life that is awaiting them, into which they are yearning to enter. But while she waits and rejoices in the fellowship and the communications, her heart is longing for the presence of the Bridegroom Himself. Her heart is going out in desire for Him. His gifts are precious; they are appreciated. The communications that keep coming from Him delight, comfort, inspire, and bless her heart, but she longs and waits for Him. He is about to step through the portals and reveal Himself and take her to Himself. That is just a picture of the Church and of Jesus, her Bridegroom.
Deep love is expressed here; yes, a deep sensitivity to the heart of the one loved and a desire to be united with the beloved is expressed. Communication to and from the beloved is here. If you have ever been separated from one you love, you will recognize this feeling with perfect understanding. The eagerness to be together in each other’s presence is strong! There is a hunger and anticipation for that reunion! This is truly the intense desire of those who know Christ to be united with Him. Yes, it is a thirst for His presence, a yearning to be closer, relate deeper with Him. This is how the church should be.
Should be. Is it? Especially in these times there is a calling for us to be eagerly searching for a deeper relationship, a more intimate connection of truly knowing and sharing that inner communication with God! How many of the body of Christ are really answering the call?
In Evan’s book he also says he sees “Sleepiness growing over the hearts of God’s people. In the measure that we have allowed things of darkness to enter out lives, in that measure we are asleep” and only the good old-fashioned method of getting to God through repentance and turning away from sin will ever get us awake.”
Notice he did not say heathen’s, rather he refers to the necessity for ‘God’s people’ to turn away from sin. The Word also calls us:
But make sure that you don't get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can't afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don't loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!
Romans 13:12-14 (Message)
Time is short. It is important that we open our eyes to see what our hearts are really seeking and what purpose God put in our lives. Then we ask, “are we fulfilling that purpose?” There is a building intensity in me to share the love of God and to encourage people to seek the purpose God has placed in our lives. Then spirits will be lifted up to new visions, new plans and a new relationship with the loving Bridegroom. Victory shall bloom into every aspect of life now and into eternity. Does this also help you understand "the bridegroom" better? Do you have another thought on it?