Join us tonight for our monthly Men’s Fellowship Night at America’s Keswick. Pastor Bryan Murawski will be our speaker. Dinner is at 6:15 PM followed by a great evening or praise, testimony, teaching from the Word and great fellowship in the Activity Center. Please call for information — 732-350-1187.
Your Marriage=His Church III
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (ESV)
To wrap up this series on how your marriage equals His church we start by taking an ecclesiastical walk. Keep in mind that when Satan attacks a single believer, he does it when they are alone; just like he tempted Eve in the garden, and Christ in the wilderness. That threefold cord we read about in Ecclesiastes represents the importance of fellowship…of relationship!!
To draw an ad-lib from John Gill…Persons in Christian fellowship, be they a few or many, while they keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, they are terrible in the eyes of the adversary, as an army with banners, and the gates of hell cannot prevail against them. And if this is true of the united love and Affections of God’s people, it must also be said so much more when we talk of the love of Father, Son, and Spirit. That by three principal graces, they being faith, hope, and love, that cord cannot be broken at all!!
In the beginning Adam and Eve were to be in agreement just as Father and Son are in agreement so that the work of The Holy Spirit could go forward and bless the Creation in ways that would glorify the Godhead in all its majesty. In a very ecclesiastical way the plan was always to be Head to Body…Husband to Wife…Christ to Church. Husbands are compared to the head; wives are compared to the body. Husbands are compared to Christ; wives are compared to the Church. Husbands are commanded to love as Christ loved or loves; wives are commanded to submit as the Church is to submit to Christ
In Ephesians 5: 21 we read, “submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ”then it goes into the wife submitting to the husband…but a lot of times we forget that 21st verse. John Piper wrote about this saying, “Submitting to one another is seen as an expression of being filled with the Holy Spirit. Husbands and wives who are filled with the Holy Spirit serve one another. They humble themselves and get down low to lift the other up. They find ways to submit their immediate preferences for comfort to the need of the other.” Can you say Amen to that?
However, the world around us can use that as a foot hold to usurp the plan. They hear about that mutual submission stuff and in some weird way it turns into an equals sign. It kinda confuses the proper roles of husbands and wives. (Except for the child-bearing part) In the 13th chapter of John’s Gospel, Jesus wrapped Himself with towel, got down on a knee and washed His disciples feet…this is the greatest example of servant-hood The Master shows us and it is also a great illustration of how the Bridegroom is serving the bride. There is no doubting that the authority of Jesus Christ was in that room that night and I would say to you that this is also an example of how servant-hood does not nullify leadership…on no—it defines it.
So as husbands we need to show Christ’s example of loving headship while our wives takes her cues from how the church is to follow Christ by willing submission. Anything else is just not how God intended this marriage stuff to be. Marriage and Church have to be in agreement so that the working of the Holy Spirit can take place and bring glory to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. And ever since that moment in the garden, the adversary has tried to do his worst in keeping Christ from establishing His church here on this earth. But that hasn’t deterred the Holy Spirit from adding to the church. Amen? – Chris Hughes graduated from the Colony of Mercy and is a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger
Think About This:“The church is now in the process of construction. Every time a soul is saved, a living stone is added to the building.” One day soon, the work will be finished. The last stone will be added, and the Lord Jesus Christ will descend into the air. Then, as if it was a divine magnet the church will rise up to meet the Savior. The Bridegroom will be with His bride.”— William MacDonald
Verses to Memorize: I waited and waited and waited for God. At last he looked; finally he listened. He lifted me out of the ditch, pulled me from deep mud. He stood me up on a solid rock to make sure I wouldn’t slip. He taught me how to sing the latest God-son, a praise-song to our God. More and more people are seeing this: they enter the mystery, abandoning themselves to God. Psalm 40:1-3 The Message