A Study by (the late) Bob Hallstrom https://archive.org/details/thefriendsofthebridegroombobhallstromocr Summary: “Being able to explain and understand the friends of the Bridegroom helps understand the mystery of the ecclesia (sic-“Church”) or the body of Christ. The “church” is not the bride of Christ -- the bride of Christ is Israel.” “The “Church” is the body of Christ and Christ will select from the body His "friends of the bridegroom" who will stand with Him and rejoice on His great and wondrous wedding day. “The "friends of the bridegroom" will be the loyal and faithful who "seek ye first the kingdom of heaven" (Matt 6:33), and make atotai commitments run the race (I Cor 9:24) to become a winner receiving the "prize of the high calling" (Phil 3:14), being among those who will become known as "friends of the bridegroom" (John 3:29). “The "friends of the bridegroom" are those who "overcome(th)" and: "He that overcometh shall inherit these things; and I w ill be his God, and he shall be my son."— Rev 21:7 #bible #christian #spirituality #theology #overcomers