The Bride of the Lamb

The Bride of the Lamb

The Bride of the Lamb

The Bride of the Lamb

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And the angel said: “Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God” (Rev. 21:9-11).

As Sergius Bulgakov makes clear, the Bride of the Lamb is the Church, but she is the Church of the “new heaven and new earth,” which appears after all the old barriers and separations have been abolished.

The new Jerusalem signifies the transfigured and glorified world. The world is reconnected with the paradise planted by God, with all that grows in it, including the mysterious tree of life and the tree of the knowl edge of good and evil. But the time for such knowledge is past: good and evil in their duality and struggle have been transcended. There is no more evil. But there is also no more good, in its relativity. Only the tree of life re mains, which has vanquished death.

The city of God, the Church, the Bride of the Lamb, is the final goal of all natural and historical life, of all of humanity’s creative energies and activities. The city of God also represents the goal and conclusion of Sergius Bulgakov’s magnum opus, The Bride of the Lamb.

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Father Sergius Bulgakov (1871-1944) is the twentieth century’s most pro found Orthodox systematic theologian. Born into the family of a poor . . .

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