In order to obey the gospel of Christ, it is imperative to understand the gospel of Christ. The relationship between Jesus and his bride, the church, is a very unique and precious one and deserves to be seen (Rev 21:9). It is the same relationship that was first instituted when God made woman for man and they became one flesh (Gen 2:24). As man is married to his wife, even so, Christ is married to his bride, the church (2 Cor 11:2). Christ was described as the bridegroom who is the head of the church and gave himself for it (Eph 5:23,25). As man is the head of his wife, even so Christ is the head of the church. As woman is subject to man in everything, even so the church is subject to Christ in everything (Eph 5:24).
How to become a member of the church (the bride) of Christ has always been a matter of contention between denominational doctrines and the doctrine of Christ (2 Jn 9). Like the bride and groom who share marriage vows, even so does the Lamb and his bride. Christ vows to never leave or forsake her (Heb 13:5). He vows to answer her prayers (1 Pet 3:12). He vows to share with her his inheritance of eternal life in heaven if she remains faithful and true to him (Tit 1:2). All who seek to be members of the bride upon hearing all that he had done for her (Rom 10:17), the death, burial, and resurrection (1 Cor 15:1-4), the gospel of your salvation (Eph 1:13), believes and confesses him to be the Son of God before witnesses (Rom 10:9,10). In order to be members of a chaste bride they must repent of their sins (Lk 13:3) and have them washed away by the means of baptism (immersion) (Acts 22:16). Lastly, they vow to remain faithful unto death (Rev 2:10). It is more than noteworthy that all who obey the gospel of Christ become members of the body (the church) of Christ (1 Cor 12:13,27) of which Christ is the head (Eph 1:22,23 f; Col 1:18).
As anyone will tell you who has ever been married, there is nothing more beautiful than a chaste bride dressed in a white bridal gown pledging her love to her deserving groom. Even so, there is nothing more beautiful in the eyes of God than those who have obeyed the gospel of Christ in order to become members of the bride of Christ. As with all marriages, there will be trying times ahead. Marriage is not all romance, full of heavenly bliss, with no thorns. Trying times will test even the most ardent love to its limits. Even so, Jesus will try his bride with trials and persecutions (2 Tim 3:12 f; 1 Pet 4:12). He will not try her above her ability but will make a way for her to escape (1 Cor 10:13). If she remains faithful to him after all this, she will receive her crown of life and reign with her groom forever (Jam 1:12 f; 2 Tim 2:12).
Knowing all this, will you become a member of the church of Christ (the Lord’s bride) today by your obedience to the gospel? “And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely” (Rev 22:17).