When someone enters into the kingdom of God, they do not enter it so that God can transform this person into the Bride of Christ as an individual, but rather so that this person can be incorporated into the One Bride.
I used to see “my faith” as just mine. It was my relationship, my decisions, my terms. I’m an individual following Jesus. You’re another individual following Jesus. We’re all doing our own thing, meeting our own needs, all growing up into Christ along side others, but not really together with others.
But there is only one Groom, and there is only one Bride.
And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21:2)
Note that it doesn’t say “billions of individual brides”, but “a bride”.
We are called to come together, each one as a perfect, necessary part of this One Bride.
I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. (John 17:21)
When we are united as the One Bride together with the One Groom, the world will see Jesus for who He really is. They will see His love. They will see another kingdom that far surpasses the kingdoms and ways of this world.
But this requires a deep commitment. It requires a complete giving up of self-interest to support the other parts of the One Bride.
This is why the New Testament is full of “one another” statements about living life together; our focus is meant to be towards another, not ourselves. This is not to say that we cannot be individual people; of course every person is unique and has to make personal decisions. But as we grow in Christ together, we can gradually learn to make more and more of our decisions with the corporate aspect of the One Bride in mind.
I believe that the more a community of believers can grasp and live out their true unity together as the One Bride, the more prepared she will be to receive her groom on their wedding day, and the more they will grow into Him and His kingdom now.
The One Bride is not Pentecostal, or Baptist, or Catholic, or Orthodox, or any other denomination.
The One Bride is not only for social justice, or evangelism, or power and miracles, or right doctrine. She is for all of these things as the One Groom leads her.
The One Bride is simply in love with her One Groom. She has no room for any other lover.
If you want the world to recognize Jesus, become One Bride together.
Follow the LIFE!