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The cosmetic of Christ

by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned [kosmeo] for her husband" (Revelation 21:2).

The Greek verb kosmeo means 'to order', 'to decorate', 'to counter', 'to beautify'; it gave the English word 'cosmetic'. According to the dictionary, cosmetic is used to maintain beauty, to beautify the skin and hair.

John saw this 'New Jerusalem', the Bride of Christ, who was embellished for her Husband. And the King (Jesus Christ) who is in love with her beauty (Psalm 45:11), has Himself provided for her cosmetic by giving water from His rhema Word. Then, she will be a glorious Bride without spot or wrinkle, holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5: 26-27).