George H. Warnock: "Journey
of the Bride"
This writing concerns the Bride of Christ, and her journey to the heart of
God. Genesis 24 forms the basis of what we have to say: the story of Isaac and
Rebekah, and her journey to the land of Canaan, under the watchful care of
Abraham’s trusted servant.
But we also give a lot of emphasis to the role of the servant, who was given
the charge to make the journey into Mesopotamia, to procure this virgin bride
for Isaac. We know the Holy Spirit is that faithful One who prepares and
enriches the Bride of Christ. But He abides in His people in the earth, so that
in a very real sense we are all responsible to take our place as ministering
servants to the Bride of Christ. For as Eve was the Bride of Adam-and at the
same time “of his bone and of his flesh”—so we are the Bride of Christ,
yet joined to Him in one Body. And the Body of Christ is to “edify itself”... as
each member takes his place as a ministering servant to Christ. We recognize of
course that there are special ministering servants that God has set in the Body,
whose responsibility it is to minister the Word of God faithfully, as “stewards
of the mysteries of God.”
May the manner and the deportment of this faithful unnamed servant be a
challenge to all of our hearts, to faithfully fulfill the charge that is laid
upon us to minister the life of Christ to God’s people. For as members of His
Body we are all involved, and we are all to be servants one to another, while at
the same time being a part of the corporate whole.
—George H. Warnock