The Church (believers in Jesus Christ) is the Bride of Christ.
This is a mystery, but can be explained in the scriptures.
Jesus referred to Himself as the bridegroom in the gospel of Matthew.
Matthew 9:15Jesus replied, “Do wedding guests mourn while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.
Marriage was taught by the apostles to represent the relationship of Jesus to His church.
Ephesians 5:23-27 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything. For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.
The early teachers of the church taught that the followers of Jesus
were to be as a pure bride.
II Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ.
The Book of Revelation speaks of the wedding feast
of the Lamb (Jesus Christ….the Lamb of God).
Revelation 19:7-9 Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself.
She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.”
For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.
And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.”