WITHOUT SPOT OR WRINKLE

CHRIST AS BRIDEGROOMFather God is coming for a church that’s “without spot or wrinkle,” Eph 5:25 – 27  “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, [1] or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” [2]

What does this mean? This speaks of a church that’s pure within and without, a church that has overcome sin and is separated from the world, meaning that although it exists in the world, it’s not OF the world. Rev 2:7  “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” Rev 2:17  “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” 2Co 6:17  “Therefore, come out from among them, and be separate, says Adonai. Touch no unclean thing. Then I will take you in.” 

Every true church is in the process of making itself “pure” and “holy” for without holiness no man shall see the Lord [Heb 12:14]. God means every word He’s ever spoken and it’s the utmost foolishness to think otherwise. This is a huge problem in the Body of Christ today, far too many individual believers mistake God’s patience for liberality – an ‘anything goes’ mentality! And what a BIG mistake it is, for God will not be mocked – Gal 6:7  “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Gal 6:8  “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” 

Contrary to popular opinion, God gets upset about the sin, gross immorality, and corruption that’s overrunning many churches these days – Psa 7:11  “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” Sin has consequences – Jas 1:15  “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death,” which is one reason why God will implement every measure He can to free us from sin.

God the Father gave me a prophetic word-picture (in my mind) of this recently when some food dropped onto one of my favorite shirts which left a grease spot on it. Aghast, I hurriedly wet a paper towel with cold water and rubbed the spot hoping I could remove it, but no luck. So I tried the cold water technique again, along with some laundry detergent, but that didn’t work either. Close to tears at that point, and upset with myself for getting the shirt soiled, I kept rubbing and adding more detergent to the spot. As I was doing this, I heard a familiar Voice from within softly say, “See how diligently you’re trying to remove that spot, and how upset you are that it’s there. Now you know how I feel when I see spots on my Bride’s garment (soul) and how I will do everything possible to remove them so that I may have a spotless bride!”

That’s how God speaks sometimes. It’s a prophetic way of seeing things and events. God may be trying to tell you something through an ordinary happening in your life – are you listening? If you have a listening ear, you’ll hear Him speak. Being preoccupied with the mundane we’re often not paying attention to the spiritual aspects of our lives, so God speaks to us through mundane events to reveal something in a tangible, unforgettable way. While He could have just told me how upset He was to see spots on His Bride’s garment, it was more effective and memorable for me that He used a real-life situation to illustrate the point.

By the way, the spots being referred to in this passage and elsewhere in scripture, are sins which haven’t yet been overcome and forsaken. They could be any kind of sin. Sin has a defiling effect on whatever it touches – Mat 15:19  “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: Mat 15:20  “These are the things which defile a man…..” but the Blood of Jesus washes away the sins of those who believe in Christ and receive Him as their Lord and Savior. 1Jn 1:9  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 

After God spoke to me, I felt humbled and sorrowful for the spots on my garment and repented of all sin in my life that I knew of. After naming and asking forgiveness for each one, I felt clean, as if someone took a brush and scrubbed the inside of me. God’s peace then flooded my soul to the point where I felt I had no need of anything or anyone but Him. Oh glory! There’s no place more beautiful, more holy, more peaceful, more secure, or more satisfying than the presence of Almighty God Jehovah. Let the world pass away and everything in it, the everlasting Kingdom of Heaven has everything I need and want. In the mighty Name of Yeshua (Jesus Christ) I pray that everyone who reads this post will find true peace, joy, and life in Jesus who has been given the power to grant eternal life to those who believe in Him – 1Jn 5:11  “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” 1Jn 5:12  “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” 

Seek Him now before the door is shut – Mt 25:10, Luke 13:25!

 

Footnotes:

[1] “spot” = G4695 σπιλόω spiloō; From G4696; to stain or soil (literally or figuratively): – defile, spot.
[2] “without blemish” = G299 ἄμωμος amōmos; From G1 (as a negative particle) and G3470; unblemished (literally or figuratively): – without blame (blemish, fault, spot), faultless, unblameable.

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