The Church is meant to be the expression of God's Kingdom rule throughout the earth, but few of us understand what the Kingdom of God really is.
When we misunderstand the Kingdom, we misunderstand the Church and how it's meant to function on the earth. We erect frameworks and systems that seek to do the job, but fall short of what God really intended.
The Kingdom, The Body, The Bride and The Tabernacle explores God's original vision for humanity, and how heaven's conflict with earth almost brought ruin to that vision.
All of creation groans to see the revelation of God's children; to see mankind as God intended. It's time we found out why.
"What is man that you are mindful of him?...You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet." - Psalm 8:4-6
Stephen Davis is a writer, podcaster, speaker and blogger for Feet for Thoughts; a Christian organisation that aims to foster biblical thinking in all areas of human living. He is a happily married, homeschooling father of three, who, when not writing long theological treatise, works as a graphic designer
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The Bride is the representation of God's plan for humanity; to have a people with whom He would dwell forever. Scripture presents a picture of the multi-ethnic Bride being a people drawn from every tribe, nation and tongue on the earth. As such, the Bride has been designed to reflect the multi-ethnicity of God's Kingdom. From Africa, to Asia, to the West, the diversity of God's Kingdom is found in the imagery of the Bride.
The Nigerian Gele represents the traditional wedding garments of various African nations. Whilst also worn in day-to-day activities, the more elaborate ceremonial Geles are worn to weddings, special events and religious ceremonies.
The Sari is the traditional wedding garment of South Asian women, widely regarded as a symbol of grace. Though traditionally red, St Thomas Christians in Kerala usually wear golden, white or cream saris with golden embroidery.
The traditional white wedding gown became popular in Western culture after Queen Victoria wore a white court dress to wed Prince Albert in 1840.
The Shiromuku is a wedding kimono worn by Japanese women at a Shinto wedding ceremony. "Shiro" meaning "white" and "muku" meaning "purity". The Shiromuku was chosen not only to represent South-East Asian brides, but due to its resemblance to a tent, representing the Tabernacle.
In Revelation 21, John describes the New Jerusalem as a majestic golden city descending from the heavens, encrusted with precious stones. It's length and breadth would stretch across most of Europe whilst it's height would rise three miles above earth's atmosphere. The crown represents both this golden city and the reign of God's Kingdom over all creation; a reign we are invited to share.
In Revelation 2:17, Jesus gives the gift of a white stone to the one who overcomes. It is engraved with a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it. Thus, it is a picture of intimacy between God and His people. The Bride too holds a white stone in her hand, engraved with a name that only the Bridegroom knows.
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