The Betrothed of Christ
God puts his “seal of ownership” on his people. His Church is his betrothed. What does that mean exactly?
It means we belong to God and no other. Just as a husband gives a ring to his bride-to-be. That ring says to all the others that she is taken. She is set on a particular path in preparation of that future day. That’s the idea of the Church. She is the betrothed of Christ. She has a new name, the name of Christ. She has a new identity which is bound up in Christ. And she is set on a particular path in preparation for a future day when she is united forever with Christ.