Friday, July 6, 2012

How does Jesus see the church?

On earth she is often in rags and tatters, stained and ugly, despised and persecuted. But one day she will be seen for what she is, nothing less than the bride of Christ, “free from spots, wrinkles or any disfigurement,” holy and without blemish, beautiful and glorious. It is to this constructive end that Christ has been working and is continuing to work. The bride does not make herself presentable; it is the Bridegroom who labours to beautify her in order to present her to Himself.
        -John Stott, as quoted by Josh Harris, Why Church Matters, Multnomah, 2011 pg. 31

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