[quote="james_neville, post:1, topic:316614"]
I was wondering has Christ already married the church, because biblically i can only remember that he talks about himself being the groom and the church being the bride (which would imply that he is yet to marry the church).
I am discussing theology with a protestant friend on indulgences and i need to know if there is a scripture that tells us that the Marriage of the church and Christ has already occurred because then i can argue about what christ said about marriage "that the two become one"
Thanks in advanced
The Mass is where the wedding is consumated as the Bride (the Church) becomes one with the Groom (Jesus). St. Paul says it clearly:
Eph 5:29-32 For no one hates his own flesh, but rather nourishes it and cherishes it, even as Christ does the Church, because we are members of his body. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak of Christ and the Church.
1 Cor 10:16-17 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a PARTICIPATION IN THE BLOOD OF CHRIST? The bread that we break, is it not a PARTICIPATION IN THE BODY OF CHRIST? Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.
This is a mystery that exists in eternity. So, it happened, is happening, and will be happening, all at the same time.