Some people say that the Triune God has always been characterized by plurality. In the creation story we read, “And God said, “Let us create man in our own image.” One important pair is in Ephesians 5 where it says that Christ and his Bride are “one flesh.” In John 17 we read about the perfect One-ness of Jesus and his Father. And at the end of the book of Revelation there is an important pair.
An invitation is extended to all in the epilogue of Revelation. The invitation is extend by another pair, a pair that is significant to the teaching we have been exploring.
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” Let everyone who listens answer, “Come.” Then let all who are thirsty come: all who want it may have the water of life, and have it free. (Revelation 22:17, Jerusalem Bible)
The translators of the Jerusalem Bible recognize the deity of the Church, which is why they have capitalized “Bride” here.
There is a similar invitation in Matthew 11:28: “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (NLT)
And in John’s gospel Jesus is recorded as saying, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” (John 12:32)
But in Revelation 22:17 the invitation is extended by the Spirit and the Bride.
By itself, this single verse would not establish much. But in the context of the testimony of Paul, John, and Peter, it sounds like a good confirmation of the exalted place of the Church.