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The Bride of Christ

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Title Page

Dedication

Foreword

Chapter One

Chapter Two

My Publications Today

The Bride of Christ

by Dallas James

Copyright © 2016 by Dallas James

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Dedication

A Memorial to Her – Mark 14:9

And with Special Thanks to

Melliane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreword

It is an incredible situation today that the masses of people who are Christians choose to disregard a clear instruction given by none other than Jesus Christ himself.

 

[“But Jesus called them to him and said, You know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion _]_][ over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. ]But it will not be so among you:[ but whoever will be great among you, let him be your servant; And whoever will be chief among you, let him be your slave: Even as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his Life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:25-28 (UTV)_]

 

For further reading I would recommend my book Christian Worship Services: Would Jesus Attend? and The Association for Biblical Christianity for more information on this very important subject.

 

 

Dallas James

October 28, 2016

RLP@mail.com

Chapter One

The Evil of Christian Hierarchy

 

In Luke 22:25-27, Jesus Christ condemns the practice of the Gentile form of hierarchy in Christian congregations. This is simply a power structure of men over men such as a minister or teacher who holds authority OVER others. This is common practice today in the Christian churches of this world and religious organizations. This authority can either be absolute such as in the case of the Pope, or it can be indirect, such as in the case of a ministerial board of directors. In either case the result is the same, people having ELEVATED levels of authority over other people. Jesus Christ however, presented a radical concept for the functioning of Christian groups. He advocated Himself as the only one in which people should look UP to. This was because He was the Head of Christian congregations and the people collectively were considered the “bride of Christ”. The Scriptures use the example of marriage as symbolizing the “Divine hierarchy” for which all members of Christian groups were to be obedient. All individuals that made up congregations were to be on an equal plain of authority to one another. But the flagrant disregard for this command of Christ presents to us another symbolism, that being, a wife in rebellion to her husband (the same symbolism of the nation of ancient Israel toward their God)! This study will prove from the Bible that all of our various forms of Christian hierarchies are to be condemned. Special emphasis will also be given to why the Scriptures advocate that the function of teaching should never be the singular affair of one individual in any group of Christians.

 

The first principle that we need to establish as Truth is that the relationship of Christian congregations to God is directly likened to that of the marriage relationship.

 

“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.” Ephesians 5:23,24 (KJV)

 

We note that in verse 32 of this same chapter, regarding congregations that this is called “a great mystery”. It certainly is, for this style of organization does not exist today, excepting perhaps, in some very small and unknown groups. The vast majority of Christian churches and organizations are not aware of the concepts of this “great mystery”. Even the concept of marriage today, with the husband being the head of the wife, is looked upon in America and other countries as something entirely backward and archaic. Yet what is presented here in this study does not seek to be “politically correct” but much rather “biblically correct”. The relationship of men to women is set forth clearly at creation in the book of Genesis.

 

“And Yahweh God said, It is not good that the man should remain alone, – I will make for him a helper as his counterpart.” Genesis 2:18 (Rotherham)

 

Concerning the gender issue, we must all realize that everyone comes under the Divine hierarchy of the Father and Jesus Christ. And it is God who orders the various intermediate types of hierarchies, which He has ordained under His umbrella. Christians are subject to the human authorities of government (Rom.13:1-3) as well as other masters they put themselves under (I Pet.2:18). Children are subject to both of their parents as Christ Himself demonstrated (Luke 2:51). So we see that there is much hierarchy in life that God has established and set in motion during this present age. Yet for Christians, Christ has given us great Liberty in our worship of Him, for His Divine hierarchy supersedes (but does not eliminate) all lesser hierarchies.

 

“But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” I Corinthians 11:3 (KJV)

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“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” I Timothy 2:5 (KJV)

 

And to further strengthen this, we find Scripture telling us in no uncertain terms that if there ever arises a conflict, in which a lesser hierarchy is in conflict with the Divine Hierarchy, then the Christian must choose to serve God first.

 

“Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29 (KJV)

 

Now that it is established that the marriage relationship is used as the type of relationship between Christ and Christian congregations, we need to examine in some detail the type of husband Christ is. The very first thing we find is that Christ has the deepest Love for his wife.

 

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” Ephesians 5:25 (KJV)

 

Let us next examine the following verses, which shows the authority Jesus Christ now has as the husband of the congregation.

 

“The stone which the builders refused is become the head of the corner. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.” Psalms 118:22,23 (KJV)

 

[See also, Matt.21:42,43; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17,18; I Pet.2:7]

 

“For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.” Isaiah 33:22 (KJV)

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“Neither be called leaders, For your leader is one, the Christ;” Matthew 23:10 (Rotherham)

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“Ye call me master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.” John 13:13 (KJV)

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“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Acts 2:36 (KJV)

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“Whose are the fathers, And of whom is the Christ – according to the flesh, – HE WHO IS OVER ALL God blessed unto the ages. Amen.” Romans 9:5 (Rotherham) [See also, Ps.45:6; Ps.103:19; Isa.9:6,7; Micah 5:2; John 10:30; Rom. 10:12; Phil.2:6-11]

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“And HE IS THE HEAD of the body, the church; who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence.” Colossians 1:18 (KJV)

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“But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” I Corinthians 11:3 (KJV) [see also, Eph.5:23-32]

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“And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is the body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.” Ephesians 1:22,23 (KJV)

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“And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;” Ephesians 2:20 (KJV)

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“And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” Colossians 2:10 (KJV)

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“For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house…But Christ as a son over the his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.” Hebrews 3:3,6 (KJV)

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“For we are labourers together with God: YE ARE GOD’S HUSBANDRY, ye are God’s building.” I Corinthians 3:9 (KJV)

 

These verses show us in clear terms the authority and hierarchy that Christ has over His congregations. And His congregations are composed of only those who the Father has called (John 6:44). This is why it is proper for the bride of Christ to be submitting herself to only one Divine hierarchy, established by God. But what we have today are ministers and self-appointed, or elected leaders, that usurp the authority of Jesus Christ! A congregation can elect people to serve in functions of making things run smoothly and in an orderly fashion such as ushers or such things as an “event staff”. But these people have absolutely no authority or capacity for teaching or doctrinal and spiritual affairs. That is the direct responsibility of the husband, who in this case is our Messiah. 

 

Chapter Two

Teaching in Christ’s Congregation

 

Now we come to a very little understood aspect of this great mystery concerning the Bride of Christ. This involves the subject of teaching. Teaching is the sole responsibility of the husband. This is why it should NEVER be the sole responsibility of one man or a few selected individuals. Let’s make this even clearer. If you find yourself in a group in which the teaching comes from only one man, then that group is in direct rebellion to the command of Jesus Christ. Many of us in our religious experiences have subjected ourselves to teaching that is not ordained by Christ. That is not to say any of us have not learned good things perhaps, but in the process of this type of learning many things are missed. In my own personal case, I learned many good things from the teachings of Dr Ernest L. Martin for a period of approximately eighteen years. But in subjecting myself overly to his teachings of the Gospel of Christ I found myself with less than the whole Gospel of Christ! The reason for this is very simple to explain from the Biblical point of view. We know from Scripture that only Jesus Christ was given the Spirit “without measure”.

 

“For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.” John 3:34 (KJV)

 

Individually, each Christian does NOT have the Spirit given without measure, just the opposite is true, each Christian has been given a measure of faith. It does not take a brain surgeon or Biblical scholar to figure out exactly what that means. It means that if any group has primarily one individual doing the teaching, then that group is getting only a measure of faith. I want to proceed a little more on this but first let me quote from the opening of my second study titled, The Measure of Faith.

 

“Our Bible teacher becomes our Father teaching us through His Spirit in us. And this Spirit is only given to those selected by Him. The Bible then is like a well-built car ready to run except the key is controlled and in the hands of our Father. So without the key we also cannot understand and run with God’s precious Word. It is God who determines how much of His Truth he will deal out individually to those He calls. Each of us has been dealt a “measure of faith.”

 

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly that he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3 (KJV)

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“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” Ephesians 4:7 (KJV)

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“My friend, who makes you so important? What do you possess that was not given you? And if you received it as a gift, why take the credit to yourself?” I Corinthians 4:7 (REB) (See also I Cor.12:7-11)

 

And God tells us plainly that the measure He gives each of us differs. This is one of the reasons so many Christians cannot see eye to eye on every point of understanding.

 

“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophecy according to the proportion of faith;” Romans 12:6 (KJV)

 

We are all to grow in grace and knowledge until we reach the full measure of “Christ in us”. Jesus Christ is our standard and we must fully note here that the Spirit was given to Him “WITHOUT MEASURE”.

 

“For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.” John 3:34 (KJV)

 

Christians have been dealt a measure of faith, and with that measure, we are to use it to grow up into the fullness of Christ.

 

“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, UNTO THE MEASURE OF THE STATURE OF THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST:” Ephesians 4:13 (KJV)”

 

We see that it is very clear from Scripture that only Christ possesses the fullness of the Spirit, which He has without measure. Any individual, however well intentioned, who takes it on himself to be the primary source for teaching a group will be doing that group a disservice. This is because the group will only be getting a measured portion of the gospel of Christ. The group will end up deficient because many other parts that comprise the whole gospel of Christ will be missed. And this is exactly the state of affairs we find in all of the churches and organizations today. One group promotes one aspect of the Gospel, while another group denies that aspect, while teaching another (that the other group denies)! Christians are forced to pick something, and are then denied, something else. That is why a good number of Christians today have been excommunicated from one group or another, because they had their eyes opened to some other aspect of the gospel of Christ. The harm that many have had out of this, is a denial of fellowship with their former group, as a result of seeing new Light.

 

Using the validly Scriptural symbolism of the bride and Christ, we can safely conclude that those groups who disobey the command of Christ in regards permitting one leader to emerge become a bride that is in rebellion to the husband. Notice in Revelation when a woman is permitted to teach what Christ has to say about it.

 

“Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou suffer-est that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, TO TEACH and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed into idols.” Revelation 2:20 (KJV)

 

This is a very serious matter for those involved in that group, this particular bride of Christ is not only in rebellion but has left her husband and is committing fornication! This becomes so serious that Christ begins to kill the people of this group.

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“And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searches the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.” Revelation 2:23 (KJV)

 

How does teaching take place in a Christian group according to the way our Husband intents? Teaching becomes a group affair with no one person stealing the show. In fact, in the plainest of Scriptures, the “one teacher to a group” concept is condemned.

 

“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” I John 2:27 (KJV)

 

As mentioned before, teaching is the responsibility of the Husband and in this case it refers to Jesus Christ. When any one individual takes on the role of teaching in a singular way, the group then becomes rebellious to Jesus Christ.

 

Teaching is a community affair

 

The method our Messiah has established, for His bride, to receive the whole gospel of Christ, is to make the function of teaching a community affair! Rather than having one or a few people do the teaching, which only gives the congregation a limited measure, all people in the group take part, which enables Christ to give us the full measure of His Faith! When the Scripture says “when two or more are gathered together”, that Jesus would be among them, here is the very essence of the matter. The anointing of the Spirit comes on all Christians in a group, therefore when all take part in teaching Christ our Husband is put as “THE HEAD OF THE HOUSE”. Notice in the New Testament how teaching was a plural rather than singular affair. The disciples were dispatched in teams of two (the very smallest number for which Christ would be in their “midst”).

 

Teams of Two

 

Paul and Barnabus

 

Judas and Silas

 

Barnabas and Mark

 

Paul and Silas

 

Paul and Timothy

 

Paul and Titus

 

Timothy and Erastus

 

Titus and a companion

 

Notice the plural affair we find in the following verses.

 

“Who also hath MADE US able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” II Corinthians 3:6 (KJV)

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“For WE PREACH NOT OURSELVES, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.” II Corinthians 4:5 (KJV)

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“And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but your eyes shall see your teachers.” Isaiah 30:20 (KJV)

 

In conclusion, we find the kind of Christian group Christ desires us to be in, is one in which all members are in an equal relationship to one another, with all equally sharing and serving one another in Love. In such a unique circumstance as this, when the bride of Christ is in loving submission to the Divine hierarchy, Christ, our Husband is then able to teach us the whole gospel of Christ without measure. Christ Himself does this by being in our “midst” and uses the anointing that He places in measure, in each Christian individually. But went any one Christian usurps the Divine hierarchy by placing his teaching of the gospel of Christ in a singular way to the group, that group then becomes a bride in rebellion to her Husband. Any Christian who finds his or herself in such a position would be wise to leave such a group so as to avoid any punishments Christ may deem for that group. The Bible gives us more than adequate information on how to establish a Christian group that squarely places Christ Jesus, the Messiah of Israel as our Husband, If this is done then Christ can be in our midst in a powerful way just as He was in the First Century!

 

“I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.” I Timothy 5:21 (KJV)

 

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The Bride of Christ

  • ISBN: 9781370168422
  • Author: Dallas James
  • Published: 2016-10-29 03:50:10
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