"Very soon the Lord is coming. He is coming as a Bridegroom. He is coming for a Bride. He leaves Ivory Palaces to come for her because He greatly desires her beauty.
The beauty of the Bride of Christ is portrayed in the Bridal Psalm (45) as "all glorious within." The glory of the Lord is mentioned many times in Scripture. One translation of the word "glory" is beauty, meaning the beauty of the Lord. Hence we worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness (1 Chr. 16:29). So likewise His Bride, whom He comes from Heaven to receive, is portrayed in prophetic type and antitype as adorned in the beauty of holiness.
Her clothing is of wrought gold (Psa. 45). Christ espouses to Himself a Bride who is glorious within and without. By revelation, Paul sees Christ presenting to Himself this Bride, "glorious...not having spot or wrinkle" (Eph. 5:27).
John, the seer, envisions the Bride in Heaven. The one thing he emphasizes is the fact she had made herself ready! (Rev. 19:7).
The church of the Firstborn (Heb. 12:23), is spoken of as a virgin, meaning a people separated from the world unto God. Paul wrote to the Christians under his ministry, "I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ" (2 Cor. 11:2).
Christian, are you all glorious within? Are your spiritual robes without spot or wrinkle? God abhors garments spotted by the flesh! He wants us to abhor them! (Jude, v. 23)...
Now, in this hour of His appearing, the matter of making ourselves ready is the most important thing that concerns us! Many are taking for granted they are ready. We need to go to the Word of God and see for ourselves what conditions He imposes for readiness for His return...
There is a wall of worldly separation between most Christians and Christ today which renders impossible watchfulness and prayerfulness! Our churches are full of men and women living in slothful ease and selfish indulgence, unwatchfully gliding, drifting with the world, careless...
He is coming as a Bridegroom. He is coming for a Bride. Beloved, are you so spiritually beautiful that He will desire to return with you to His Throne, and to His Father and to His angels?
"Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments" (Rev. 16:15).
- Sarah Foulkes Moore