In this verse it is quite clear the Bride of Christ is the New Jerusalem, not the saints at all, right?Rev 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
Rev 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
I have to respectfully disagree with your interpretation. I also think you've misunderstood the Catholic position of Mary. There is no putting her as the head of the Church, but rather an important model that can lead those to the head of the Church. Just as perhaps some of our parents can help up know Christ better through their actions, their prayers, and their love, this is how Catholics and some of the Orthodox Christians view Mary--not as the head of the Church, but through her love and obedience to God can we be lead to Him.Thanks Lysander.
I'm sure, given God's rules in Lev 18, the MOTHER could never be the BRIDE of the SON. Rev 12 is a good depiction of what happened when Jesus was born. In fact this is a representation for Jews, of their nation, ISRAEL, being the WOMAN, who gave birth to the Messiah. The rest is clear given that context.
Adam called her Eve because of that, but this does NOT transfer to the BOC of which they knew nothing. Jesus made it very clear that His mother was like any other mother, Matthew 12:50.
The RCC has over the years put undo and unwarranted importance of emphasis on Mary. Christ is the Head of the Church, Eph 5:23, and their is NO other.
Amen -- John 14:6 is very clear than no one can get to the Father except through Christ. The Church is absolutely on board with this teaching. The misconception is that Marian honor is hinting that you can get to the Father through her too--but this is ONLY a misconception, and one I held for many years as a Protestant.The point is that God's Word tells us ONLY God, John 6:44, can lead us to Jesus, NOT Mary or anyone else. I know RCC doctrines as I was one. Their is no secondary position or function for Mary other than IN the RCC. Jesus says call no MAN Father in the spiritual sense, He says nothing about calling no woman mother because it does NOT enter into God's plan of salvation.
My point with Lev 18 is they contain God's laws about marriage just as Jesus alluded in Matthew 19:9. So God would not plan for Mary to be a bride to His mother, not matter how you couch it or deify her.
God's way are NOT David's ways, or viceversa. David had his own problems with women.
So, Mr. Darby, AS this is a metaphorical/hyperbolic statement by Paul, what do you think Paul is saying here?II Corinthians 11:2
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
Yes, it IS, IF you were trying to be jocular.Quoting a verse of scripture is inappropriately jocular? Wow.
We are espoused to Christ. What does that mean? It means we are to be his bride.
ESPOUS'ED, participle passive Betrothed; affianced; promised in marriage by contract; married; united intimately; embraced.
If we are to be married to him, then what does that say? It says that the Church is the Bride of Christ. We have a wedding day coming up in heaven. Revelation 19:7,8:
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
The New Jerusalem is to be the 'home' of the Church, hence it is identified with the 'Bride'.
Paul: 'I have espoused you to one husband'.We are NOT espoused to Christ