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Are there any Christian teaching that address What will happen to the Trinity when the “Bride of Christ” is established, will it then be a Quadrinity?

Revelation 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

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    I think it would be closer to polyandry than a quadrinity. What makes you think that marrying someone makes them God? Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 19:49
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    Is this another question? perhaps you should post it as such!
    – Rick
    Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 20:24
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    Rick, what I think Dan is getting at here is that you've failed to give sufficient context to answer this. What are you trying to learn? Whose perspective is desirable?
    – wax eagle
    Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 20:31
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    Why should the Godhead change? Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 21:34
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    If nothing can happen to the Godhead, then it can't become a quadrinity. The Bride of Christ doesn't proceed, isn't begotten. Anyway, the Bride of Christ is the Church and has already been revealed. Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 21:47

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No, at least in the context of mainstream Nicene (including Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox) I don't think there is any teaching about this. The reason being simple: it is a non issue. The very idea of this is not based on a classic understanding of the Trinity at all and therefore is not a problem for normal Trinatarian theology.

The basic idea here is that God is ONE being. Never mind the person aspect of his nature for the moment, that is irrelevant to the difficulty you are posing. You have one being, then a separate entity and a relation between them. The one being (esp when that being is God!) doesn't fundamentally change in nature based on the state of relationships with other beings. It is what it is.

Now you can throw the three persons of the Trinity back in the equation, but nothing changes. They are still God and God still has a relationship with his chosen people, his bride.

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  • Here is an interesting perspective that I believe allows for both: Scott Hahn's book First comes Love. He quotes Pope John Paul II: "In the light of the New Testament it is possible to discern how the primordial model of the family is to be sought in God Himself, in the Trinitarian mystery of His life...God in His deepest mystery is not a solitude, but a family, since He has in Himself Fatherhood, Son-ship and the essence of family, which is love."
    – Rick
    Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 11:56
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You don't specifically identify a denomination perspective, but in a comment you reference Scott Hahn (a Catholic). I will likewise take a Catholic perspective.

Ultimately, nothing can happen to the Trinity based on those verses. God is immutable (Summa Ia Q9 A1) and thus the Divine Essence cannot change, nor can an additional Procession (Person) occur. There are exactly 3 Persons in the Trinity (Summa 1a Q30 A2) and nothing created can be taken up into it to become another Person.

"God in His deepest mystery is not a solitude, but a family, since He has in Himself Fatherhood, Son-ship and the essence of family, which is love." - Scott Hahn

The traditional understanding of this is somewhat more metaphorical than you seem to be interpreting it. We can call it a family because there is true paternity (fatherhood) and true filiation (sonship), but there is no marriage and no maternity. Love is the double-procession of the Father and the Son as the Holy Spirit.

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  • I have heard Mary put forth as spouse of the Holy Spirit as well as Mother of God. Commented Jun 17, 2021 at 11:47
  • Yes and what does that have to do with the topic at hand?
    – eques
    Commented Jun 17, 2021 at 12:58
  • Because you said, "We can call it a family because there is true paternity (fatherhood) and true filiation (sonship), but there is no marriage and no maternity." Commented Jun 18, 2021 at 10:55
  • Mary is referred to as the spouse of the Holy Spirit and the Mother of God, but I'm speaking about the Trinity itself because the OP's question is about what will happen in relation to the Bride of Christ.
    – eques
    Commented Jun 18, 2021 at 13:01
  • If Mary is the spouse of the Holy Spirit (a member of the Trinity) is she not "one flesh" with her spouse as we are with Christ? Commented Jun 24, 2021 at 11:31

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