Dear Bride of Christ,

A Mature Bride

What is this crop? What are the evidences that the wheat has reached maturity and is ready to be gathered in? It is no secret; the Spirit was very careful to tell you.

Paul explained it this way: "It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work" (Ephesians 4:11-16).

Here's what a mature Bride will be like:

If that's a mature Bride--and by God's own word, it is--then you really must ask yourself, dear Lady: are you actually more mature now than you were 1900 years ago, or less mature? Are you more ready now, or less? Could it be that Jesus' return, linked as it is with the maturity of your crop, has actually slipped farther away than it was then?

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