Becoming A Bride For The LAMB (Part 4)

In prior articles, we have said that the revelation of JESUS CHRIST as the BELOVED, unfolds in a heart of flesh [2 Cor 3:3; NKJV; Eze 36:26]. This revelation of the BELOVED has Davidic roots [see Acts 13:22b].

The heart of flesh that gives expression to the BELOVED is progressively circumcised by the HOLY SPIRIT [Rom 2:29] in fulfillment of the Law [Deut 30:6; Col 2:9-15].

This progressive fulfillment unfolds as the fullness of CHRIST JESUS is perfected and completed in us [John 1:16-17, NKJV/NASB; Gal 4:19] in a circumcised heart of flesh.

As we have said before a circumcised heart positions us to be a Bride for the LAMB.

A circumcised heart of flesh unfolds as we are perfected and completed in the fullness of JESUS CHRIST, as we learn to live and function [in thought, word, deed and relationship] – by the HOLY SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS [see Rom 8:2, 1-4] in an intimacy that knows YESHUA.

In the fullness of JESUS CHRIST revealed in a heart of flesh we develop the capacity to carry the Name of YESHUA.

It is fascinating to note that the Name YESHUA was given after the MESSIAH was circumcised. Luke 2:21 reads: < 21 And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. >

Pointedly Romans 2:28-29 declares: < 28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. 29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God. >

The heart of YESHUA MASHIAH was circumcised in fulfillment of the Law [see Deut 30:6] in His death and resurrection. And, everything in YESHUA’s life was vindicated by YHWH when He was raised from the dead. Indeed as Romans 2:29c declares, YESHUA’s praise was not from men but was entirely from YHWH.

Philippians 2:5-11 declares that YESHUA, in being obedient to the point of death on the Cross, was bestowed with a Name above every other name: < 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. >

The Bride of the LAMB is being wooed to carry the Name that is above every other Name! We are called to carry the Name that is above every other Name, in a circumcised heart of flesh, in which we know, and are able to see, YESHUA as the BELOVED.

We are called to carry the Name so that we can function in the Name.

There is no higher honor that the Church can actualize than the honor of carrying the revealed, testimonial reality of the Name of YESHUA MASHIAH in a circumcised heart that is entirely of His flesh!

In the reality of a circumcised heart of His flesh, YESHUA stands as the BELOVED in us, and amongst us.

This testimonial reality of the Name [see John 17:6a, 26] is to be perfected and completed into a heart of flesh; and this testimonial reality of the Name is prophetically called a Morning Star [2 Peter 1:19].

As Morning Stars we are blessed to be a blessing in YESHUA’s Name.

This Morning Star arising out of a heart of flesh will unfold as the Root of David and the Offspring of David [Rev 22:16] are developed and brought into being within us, by the HOLY SPIRIT [John 16:14].

The Root of David and the Offspring of David are prophetic manifestations of the Name – in intimacy, as we are rooted in the BELOVED, and become the Offspring of the BELOVED, who wants to be our Husband.

Unfolding the testimonial reality of the Name in a Bride – through a heart of MASHIAH YESHUA’s Flesh – is the highest purpose of the Scripture.

In John 17:6a, 26, [NASB] YESHUA MASHIAH declares: < 6 “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world … 26 and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” >

The creative revelation of YESHUA MASHIAH in us [Eph 2:10; 2 Cor 5:17; John 1:16-17, NKJV/NASB] is at the heart of the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets in our inward parts – both formatively [in our being created in CHRIST JESUS] and functionally [as we progressively learn how to function by the HOLY SPIRIT, in and through the fullness of CHRIST JESUS actualized in our inward parts, as noted in 2 Cor 4:16, 6-7, NKJV].

Ephesians 1:17-23 [NASB] declares: < 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him [YESHUA – as defined in a heart of His flesh formed in us as noted in John 6:51 and 2 Cor 3:3, NKJV]. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened [manifested in the Light of Life as noted in John 8:12b and 2 Cor 4:6-7, NKJV], so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance [see Col 1:26-28] in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power [which is the power meant to work within us as noted in Eph 3:20b] toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. >

The eyes of our heart being enlightened, as we are rooted in the BELOVED and develop as the Offspring of the BELOVED, is the state of being that is at the heart of both the apostolic and the prophetic formation of the Bride of the LAMB.

The Prophetic is proclaimed in 2 Peter 1:19, < 19 So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. >

The Apostolic is proclaimed in Isaiah 60:3-5, < 3 “Nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. 4 “Lift up your eyes round about and see; They all gather together, they come to you. Your sons will come from afar, And your daughters will be carried in the arms. 5 “Then you will see and be radiant, And your heart will thrill and rejoice; Because the abundance of the sea will be turned to you, The wealth of the nations will come to you. >

The fulfillment of the Apostolic and the Prophetic, which is the living proclamation of the Law and the Prophets fulfilled, is proclaimed in Rev 21:22-26, < 22 I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 And the city [see Rev 21:9-11, NKJV] has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it [see 2 Cor 4:6-7, NKJV], and its lamp is the Lamb [see 2 Peter 1:19; Rev 19:10c]. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 25 In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; 26 and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it >.

What YHWH is developing within us – in power, manifested out of the strength of the FATHERs Might – is in fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant [Ps 89:2-4, 20-37].

The Bride has Davidic roots. The Bride is rooted in the BELOVED and the Bride is the Offspring of David, the Body of His flesh, loved and nourished by YESHUA, so that we can come forth as YESHUA’s Bride [see Eph 5:28-30, NKJV].

Three “Kingdom” functional capacities flow out of our Davidic roots, in the form of the Davidic Kingdom Anointings: (i) the Priestly; (ii) the Prophetic; and, (iii) the Kingly.

These Kingdom functional capacities are progressive functional expressions of the Apostolic and the Prophetic bequeathed to the Body of MASHIAH, the Church that is fashioned out of His flesh and bones (see Eph 5:30, NKJV) – in fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets.

The prophet Isaiah [in Isa 9:6-7] proclaims some 300 years after David’s death and some 700 years before the advent of MESSIAH, that the MESSIAH, the Son of David, will be established on the throne of David: < 6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. 7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts [YHWH-SABBAOTH] will accomplish this. >

David prophesied of the cosmic dimensions of YESHUA’s position and authority that Ephesians 1:18-23 describes, in Psalm 110:1-2, < 1 The LORD [YHWH] says to my Lord [Adon]: “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” 2 The LORD will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion [see Heb 12:22-24], saying, “Rule in the midst of Your enemies [Rev 11:15-17].” >

David also prophesied about a Bride’s response to MESSIAH the King in Psalm 110:3, < 3 Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power [John 17:26c; Eph 3:20, 19-21; John 14:12-15]; in holy array, from the womb of the dawn [2 Peter 1:19; Ps 24:3-10; 2 Cor 4:6-7], Your youth are to You as the dew [Ex 16:13c-14; understand that the Manna in the wilderness manifested when the Dew evaporated; John 6:48-51]. >

David also prophesied about the Bride being a priesthood of the Order of Melchizedek in Psalm 110:4, < 4 The LORD has sworn and will not change His mind, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” >

Everything that unveils the Prophetic and the Kingly is entirely dependent [see Matt 7:21-23] on us being willing to be a Priesthood of the Order of Melchizedek.

Only a priesthood, with Davidic Roots, will have the capacity to connect with YHWH from its inward parts – by the SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS [Rom 8:2, 1-4, NKJV]; so as to be set free from the Law of Sin and Death.

Everything in the Law of CHRIST, His Commandments, can only be observed [obeyed] as we put on CHRIST, and walk by the SPIRIT, in a progressive circumcision of the heart. So, the Bride is a priesthood that understands the change of Law [see Heb 7:11-12, 28] that has taken place and, is able to put on CHRIST and walk in His commandments by the SPIRIT, in a pure heart that is of YESHUA’s flesh.

There are two pointers to the formation of the Bride from Romans 13:14 and Galatians 5:16 respectively:

  • 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
  • 16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.

To be a Bride we must function in our lives and ministries out of our priesthood that sanctifies us as the dwelling places of YHWH (see Ps 84:1-2). Only as the Dew evaporates will the Manna to feed the nations manifest in hearts of His flesh!

GBU in and by and through YESHUA’s love manifested, perfected and completed in you! Amen!

Written By: James Niles

The Tabernacle School of Ministry