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Throughout the whole of Holy Writ
The saints in type are manifest
As like a bride, God's heart to please,
And as a building for His rest.
The types and figures of the Church
In the Old Testament are these:
A building meet for life and rule,
A bride the man to match and please.
God's people in the ancient times
Were called by God His very spouse;
Among them and with them were built
God's ruling city and God's house.
Incarnate God, the God-man, Christ,
As Bridegroom for the Bride has come;
With His own life He quickened her,
That she His counterpart become.
In resurrection Christ doth now,
As David's Son, God's temple build,
That God may have a resting place
And there accomplish all He willed.
The Church is thus the Bride of Christ,
In whom His full delight doth rest;
It is a dwelling place to God
Where He may live and be expressed.
The new Jerusalem will be
The full perfection ultimate
Of all the types of house and bride,
Th' eternal plan to consummate.
It is the Bride which matches Christ,
Thru whom He may Himself express;
It is God's tabernacle too
In which our God can rule and rest.
The ultimate completion 'tis
Of God's work in humanity,
His full expression glorious
Thru His redeemed eternally.
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