The Program for the Church Demands It
God is currently “taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name”( Acts15:14) and gathering His elect into one great body, the church. The church’s role is to be like a pure bride for God’s own Son, ready to be presented to Him at His Second Coming.
Paul uses that wedding imagery in 2 Corinthians 11:2 (NLT2)
2 For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ.
Marriage is a beautiful metaphor that pictures Christ’s love and care for His church( Matthew 25; Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 19:6-9). And that is why we can be certain He will return to claim His bride, the church, just as He promised in John 14:2-3 (NLT2)
2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.
He will come back to get His bride.