From The Joshua Code by O.S. Hawkins
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.
The Spirit of God and the bride of Christ both beckon us to come to the Lord Jesus. The bride is clearly a reference to the church in the New Testament, that body of born-again believers who one day will be reunited with their Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the supreme task of the church to call people to come to Christ. It is also the Spirit who says, “Come.” While the church issues this outward call, the Spirit of the Living God issues the inward call to hearts. They work in tandem: “the Spirit and the bride, say ‘Come!’”
In the eighth chapter of Romans, we are introduced to a chain reaction effect. Those God foreknew, He predestined. Those He predestined, He called. Those He called, He justified. And those He justified, He also glorified. This mysterious calling of God upon our hearts is a significant part of His total redemptive plan. It is not as though we are somehow neutral in all of this and God chooses some to go to heaven and certain others to go to hell. That is a false assumption because Scripture clearly teaches that none of us are neutral. We are not suspended in some sort of limbo. In fact, we have all gone our own way (Isaiah 53:6). We have all sinned and come short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). Our salvation is wholly of grace through faith in Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8). Thus, we have two distinct yet related callings: the Spirit is saying, “Come,” and the church, the bride, is echoing the same call as well.
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