Your Marriage=His Church II
“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 concerning Christ and the church.” Ephesians 5:31-32 (NKJV)
I hope you were able to read my last Freedom Fighter because today I am jumping right into where I left off the last time. It seems that Paul knew what the great mystery of marriage was, as it concerns Christ and His church. The verse I am using today is the Apostle reminding his reader of the divine ordinance of marriage and settling the law of it, just like with Adam and Eve, there was no ceremony, there was no contract, and there was no preacher there to marry them. But as for today we are living in a world that needs “the contract” and that “contract” is the marriage license.
Without a marriage license the government does not recognize a couple as married and the couple can then not get government benefits for being married such as tax breaks. Often times without a marriage license a couple cannot even get insurance together with “married” benefits. The government contract has become such an important part of marriage today, that even most regular US citizens do not consider you and your spouse married if you do not have a marriage license. But even this ordinance is under siege by a world that can’t make up its mind on how to re-write this very ordinance.
For us, people who claim to be part of the body of Christ, this is a divine ordinance (found in Genesis 2:24) and can be doctrinally explained by navigating “the 5 heavy “C’s” of Matthew Henry (paraphrased of course)…
1. See that the bonds of this ordinance are stronger even than those of nature. To whom can we be more firmly bound than the fathers that begat us and the mothers that bore us? And yet a son must quit them both, to be joined to his wife, just like the daughter has to forget her father and mother, to cleave to her husband. It may sound like this, “Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear: forget your people and your father’s house, and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord, bow to him.”( Psalm 45:10-11)
2. See how necessary it is that children should take their parents’ consent along with them in their marriage. How unjust those are to their parents who would marry without it; for they rob them of their right to them, their interest in them. They alienate their parents both fraudulently and unnaturally.
3. See the need of both prudence and prayer in the choice of this relationship.
4. See how firm the bond of marriage is, not to be divided and weakened by having many wives, in Malachi 2:15 we read, “Did He not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth.” nor is this bond to be broken or cut off by divorce, for any cause but fornication, or voluntary desertion.
5. See how dear the affection ought to be between husband and wife, such as there is to our own bodies. We read in Ephesians 5:28 “In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.” So since these two are one flesh; let them then be one soul.
Adam and Eve, the first man and woman were married, and there was no other human there to marry them. Instead God brought them together as husband and wife and that union was a perfect reflection of God…until the lust of the eyes, flesh, and pride of life stepped in. And hopefully the next time we get together I will be able to pick up right at this moment. A time where a two-fold cord was needed, perhaps a three strand cord, a place where man, woman and YHVH intertwine to stand against the wiles of the adversary. I pray that’s where you are today…Amen? – Chris Hughes blogs weekly and is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy
Think About This:“Now when the husband is called “the head of the wife,” and it goes on to say “as Christ is the head of the church” (Eph 5:23), something of the divine splendor is reflected in our earthly relationships, and this reflection we should recognize and honor.”—Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Verses to Memorize: Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 1 Peter 2:11