How can we prove to the extremely critical that the people taken for the Lord’s name (`Acts 15:14`) are the ones referred to, in the Scriptures, as the “Bride,” “the Lamb’s Wife,” “The New Jerusalem,” etc.? (H.J.K.)
<ANSWER>–The “extremely critical” are the very ones to recognize the reasonableness of the doctrine of election so positively outlined in this passage. It is the thinking, critical minds that are rejecting the antiquated, obsolete theories of the past, and now are coming to see the truth concerning the Divine purpose. How reasonable, then, to those who view the facts and reason critically, are the Bible teachings relating to the selection of “a people for His name,” and that this election has been in process of development throughout the entire Christian Era! Naturally, the mind would seek further enlightenment as to the identity of this special people, or class. The various passages of Scripture relating to this class would logically fit into place, and it would be recognized that it is the Church of Christ the Bride, the Lamb’s Wife, the “New Jerusalem,” etc. And then how reasonable and consistent the teaching that following this election the Heavenly Father, who is all love and compassion, and goodness, will through this glorified Class–Christ and His Church–rebuild the ruins of David, which are fallen down, restore the Jews to their own land– and “after this,” invite all the Gentiles upon whom His name is called”–the world of mankind–to come back into harmony with Himself and receive eternal life and joy and peace. See the verses following the one cited in the question.
`Rev. 22:17` says: “The Spirit and the Bride say, Come.” Has this Scripture been fulfilled, and if not, when will it be”?
<ANSWER>–This will he fulfilled in the future for the following reasons: There is no “Bride” now. Jesus during the Gospel Age has been preparing a place for the Bride as he declared (`John 14:2-4`). The union of the Bride and the Bridegroom takes place at the second coming of our Lord (`Rev. 19:6-8`). During the Gospel Age the prospective members of the Bride class have the Lord’s spirit in them. Each true follower of Jesus is “a well of water springing up unto everlasting life.” (`John 4:14`.) Bye and bye when these well-springs are all brought together and united with our Lord, then the Bride and the Bridegroom will constitute the great “river of life,” or “water of life” which shall flow out from the throne of God and which shall bless and heal all the nations of the earth, in harmony with the promise which God made to Abraham saying, “In thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” Then all who will, may come, and take of this “water of life” freely. The water of life means the message of truth setting forth the means of blessing. All who will accept may have its blessings, but those who do not accept and render obedience to the Lord shall not receive a blessing.
Will you please explain the `16th verse of the 45th Psalm`, “Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou, mayest make princes in all the earth.” (J.W.A.)
<ANSWER>–Considering the `connecting verses`, it becomes evident that this is one of the Messianic Psalms and is, in the main, a prophecy relating to the Church of Christ– the Bride class. The King’s Daughter, the Bride of the King’s Son, was to be formed of an elect class made up of Israelites, both those who were so by birth, and those (Gentiles) who by faith and adoption, should become the Seed of Abraham– Israelites indeed. (`Rom. 9:6`). The “fathers” of this class (`Rom. 11:28`) were the patriarchs of old–Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, etc. These are referred to by the Apostle Paul in `Heb. 11:39,50`–“These all having obtained a good report through faith received not the promise, God having provided some better thing for us, that these without us should not be made perfect.” The “better things” for the “us” class are the Heavenly honors and the Kingly powers and authority, to be conferred upon the Bride, the “joint-heir” of the Son of God. These, who now are “children,” in the day of resurrection, will “make perfect” and give life to the “fathers.” The relationship will then be reversed; the Father (Life-giver) will be the Christ, the Messiah, Jesus the Head and the Church, His Body; and the patriarchs, the fathers of Israel, will be the children.