Who is the Bride of Christ? Can a man be a Bride?
Let’s examine what the Scriptures have to say about the Bride. Some people are of the opinion that the ‘Bride’ is the ‘Body of Christ’ collectively and not each member individually. Yet the Lord has made it very clear that He is in relationship with each member, in a one on One relationship, as well as the collective body. Paul clearly defines that in Ephesians 5.
The Collective Bride of Christ
25 “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her……26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. Ephesians 5:25-27
The Individual Bride of Christ
21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” …………. 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” John 14:22
Clearly, Jesus is addressing each person individually or He couldn’t dwell in anyone unless ALL loved Him and kept His word.
And then Jesus talks about His preparations in Heaven for us, but each believer must come through Jesus to enter Heaven, so clearly, it is a one on One relationship.
John 10:9 “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”
John 14:3 “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”
And in Song of Solomon, the Lord is referring to the intimate relationship between the one believer and Himself. He likens each of us to His stunning Bride:
15“How beautiful you are, my darling,
How beautiful you are!
Your eyes are like doves.”
16“How handsome you are, my beloved,
And so pleasant!
Indeed, our couch is luxuriant!
Song of Solomon 1:15-16
But what about men, how can they be a Bride of Christ’s?
Matthew 22 But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 31 “But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God: 32 ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”
And Paul clearly stated in Galatians 3:28:
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
In other words, we are all equal, all eternal souls and since the relationship with Christ does not involve sex, there is no difference between man or woman. Here is part of a message taken from the video ‘Can Men Experience Closeness with Jesus as Women’ which is also available in the complete form on the HeartDwellers.Org, PDF page.
“There are a lot of men holding out on Me saying, ‘Ah, this is a woman’s thing, it isn’t for guys.’ Nothing could be further from the truth. John rested his head on My bosom, quite regularly. He listened to the Heartbeat of God, he hungered for His God and he found Me. He wasn’t about to let Me go.
“Understand that women are a little more disposed to this simple intimacy, which hasn’t a hint of carnality behind it. It is the purest love of God a soul can have in a female earthly body or a male earthly body. Is it not written that “…in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven? Matt. 22:30
“Therefore there is no excuse for shunning closeness to Me. I loved John with a love so pure, few on Earth will ever comprehend it. But in Heaven it shall be obvious to all. So to you, Bride of Christ, I say do not allow anything to lie or condemn you for loving Me and wanting to rest your head upon My Heart.”
In this video Ezekiel shares his experience as a man who is also a bride:
And finally, throughout Scripture the Lord is male, God is male, Holy Spirit is male, so it is quite naturally that God sees us, eternal souls, as the receptive part, the female, and when we receive Holy Communion we become one in flesh with Christ. God is the initiator, we are the receivers.