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Lesson # John 3:29
Study Material - John 3:29
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29 'He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. And so this joy of mine has been made full.
Here in very subtle terms, John gives hint of his knowledge and understanding of the relationship that Israel of the Old Testament to Christ, and the relationship of the new church which is yet to start forming and Christ. John makes reference to Song of Solomon 3:11 and Psa. 45, which speak of the wedding of Christ and the bride and groom, the lovers.
The friends of the groom attend Him, prepare the way for the groom, assist Him in any way he directs, uses His interest for His benefit, they stand expecting and waiting for the groom, and rejoice in His arrival. These friends of the groom are the Old Testament believers, and all the articles and rituals of the Levitical Priesthood, who were bound for centuries of preparing the way of Christ.
All the while the Pharisees and their cohorts forgot their responsibilities and lost sight of the Groom whom they were bound to support. They, in their wait, forgot about the Groom, and began to look to themselves and their own interests, their own desires, when it is the Grooms desires for His bride which is of more importance.
The Bride on the other hand is sought after by the Groom. She is in preparation elsewhere and purified and cleaned for her presentation to the Groom. This then is the believers in the Church Age, our present age of the Royal Family, wherein God is preparing the bride for Christ. When that number is complete, when the number of believers in this Church Age has reach the predetermined number as decided by God, then our age will terminate. Our termination event is of course the rapture.
We have been in the Brides building stage for nearly 2000 years since our age began. And our age began at Pentecost, fifty days after the Cross, which was the Passover celebration. That first Pentecost feast was the time of the first giving of the Holy Spirit, when the Holy Spirit indwelled all believers universally. The Holy Spirit did not indwell believers at any time in history prior to this. Certain people had temporary empowering of the Spirit, but that was not like our permanent indwelling which we now receive at the point of our belief in Christ. By the way this is not an emotional event. You do not feel anything nor do you even know about it, most likely, until you learn about it through your Bible study later on in your life.
By explanation, John clarifies his and their role in Gods plan. That they should rejoice at the presence of the groom, because they have been waiting a long time for His initial arrival. And this is of course the first advent of Jesus Christ, who is the groom. But before He can have His bride, He must first pay the price for the bride, and that is His purchase of the bride as well as all His friends, and her friends, out from the slave market of sin. Only free men can attend a wedding and celebrate with the bride and groom. Servants, or slaves as it were may only view from a distance. Unbelievers are never a part of the wedding nor the wedding feast afterwards.
So Christ will go to the Cross and purchase our freedom with His own sacrifice. He will take on the punishment for our sins in our place, so that we will not have to endure that judgment. A judgment that we could not endure. As a result Christ frees us from sin and the power of death and seals our potential future for us. We as the Bride have only to accept the Groom, by submitting ourselves totally and voluntarily to His will, which we do when we choose to believe in Christ. Those who reject the Groom, of course will not be a part of the wedding. What woman who says no constantly will ever get married. Christ is our groom. Our positive decision to believe in Him is our joining with Him. And we will all be prepared for the wedding feast at the Judgment Seat of Christ. And that Judgment Seat will take place immediately after the rapture, and during the first 3 ½ years of the tribulation. It, the Judgment Seat of Christ, of course takes place in heaven, not on earth. The wedding feast celebration will take place during the last 3 ½ years of the tribulation, and the wedding feast too is in heaven. All this while, the earth will be bogged down in tremendous turmoil and cruising toward Armageddon. Better to be at the party in heaven, than on earth in its misery.
Because of the arrival of the Groom, Christ's first advent, John's joy is made full. Were it not for the first advent of Jesus Christ, then we would all have no future. This marks the victory of God over Satan and his rebellion, and the security of our eternal life with God in heaven. So John has a clear understanding of scripture, of the time in which he lived, and of the security of his own destiny as well as the destiny of all who believe in Christ.
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