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THE JOY OF MARRIAGE: MARRIAGE AS IT WAS INTENDED TO BE
Definition of Marriage is the lawful union or coming together of two heterosexual people out of mutual love and agreement for the purpose of establishing a family.
The sanctity of marriage Hence the creation of Eve, or the woman in general, was direct a divine response to a need within man which man himself was blind to. Therefore the marital blueprint must and should only come from God and his word. While we are free we are to worship, we are not free to worship as we want but as we ought.
The sanctity of marriage Hence the creation of Eve, or the woman in general, was a direct divine response to a need within man which man himself was blind to. Therefore the marital blueprint must and should only come from God and his word. While we are free we are to worship, we are not free to worship as we want but as we ought.
The Building Blocks of the human race The Divine Institution of Marriage was established as the basic building block of the human race. A valid question is, if we are killing each other under the blade of HIV/Aids scourge, if we are forced to burry 700 people weekly in the name of holy matrimony are we still building the human race or annihilating it? If we permit MCP’s are we building or destroying? Does God not say if you are not building with him we are destroying ? ? ?
Marriage the perfect relationship Before there were children or cities or nations, the perfect relationship was marriage. The man and the woman were complete with each other. The man represented life and the woman represented love. They bonded with perfect coalescence of spirit, soul, and body. Recreation wasn't badminton or tennis, hiking or fishing. It was sex.
To Glorify God The purpose of Biblical marriage was and is to glorify God by becoming like Him. (Genesis 1: 26 -28, 31; ) God is a family of one Spirit. Faithfulness in marriage, becoming one flesh, teaches us how to become one Spirit with the Almighty. I Corinthians 6: 15 -20. God joins husband wife, just as He did Adam and Eve, Matthew 19: 1 -6. Notice that He made twain one. Monogamy (one man and one woman) is the divine rule. If there are MCP’s the marriage dishonors God the creator of the marriage.
the full image of God in marriage Man Full Image of God Woman
Marriage is a vocation There is only one fundamental Christian . Our calling according to scripture vocation, and concerns much more no Christian, our character and no matter what kind of person what path we are than simply they take, what our job is. can escape it. We are all called to go on the road that leads to union with God, and for most of the people in the Church the road they take to that union is that of Christian marriage.
The God’s brightest idea Marriage was God's best and brightest idea. Marriage was the primordial sacrament. It was in our spouse and in our children that God intended to become visible to us. The family was the Church and the sacraments, as it were, and the living out of the married life was meant to be a delightful way in which to grow closer to God.
God’s math Two is better than one One can put a thousand to flight two can put ten thousand to flight. Through marriage each spouse was to add value to the other. To be a friend and closest companion for each other and to minister to the other Spouse’s need. I hear a lot of the overtones of lack of satisfaction which is inconsistent with the teaching of scripture.
Love as described in First Corinthians 13 must be the underlying principle in the home and in all its relationships especially marriage. I often tell couples, if you love your spouse with less than the Agape love then you are, loving them less than God would have you love them.
Procreation: Is Zoe not the end? Another purpose for marriage was to produce Godly Offspring ( Gen 1: 28 Mal 2: 15). - Godly offspring with abundance of life - Zoe. At the beginning of human history God commanded Adam and Eve to be fruitful and to fill the earth. World view focuses on child bearing, but not the well being of the children in health and having parents alive.
Faithfulness: The dominant theme From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible’s dominant theme is faithfulness in marriage. From Noah, Moses, Jeremiah, Malachi, John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, and the apostles Paul and John, their message has been to stress the sanctity of marriage. God’s laws in both testaments are designed to protect marriage and the family. From the Garden of Eden to the New Heavens and New Earth, God’s purpose for mankind is summed up by holy marriage
2. GOD INTENDED FOR MARRIAGE TO BE A COVENANT Covenant - refers to the act of establishing a standing contract between two parties MAL 2: 13 Another thing you do: You flood the LORD's altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer pays attention to your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands. 14 You ask, "Why? " It is because the LORD is acting as the witness between you and the wife of your youth, because you have broken faith with her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.
Implications of Covenant conditions oath Goal • irrevocable • Words of the covenant require follow through. • Covenants are sealed with an oath if irrevocable • Our oath is not just before people but before God • Therefore the goal of each marriage should be the pleasure of God • God rests on what pleases him hebrew Nuach: envelop, permeate • The challenge to the couples? Set as standard for the nations
Covenant … “to be united to his wife” - to cling, to cleave or to keep close company “and they will become one flesh” – a permanent bond
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. Leaving must be in all dimensions: physically emotionally, psychologically culturally
3 Fold Oneness BODY ONENESS Usually the emphasis of most relationships SOUL ONENESSThe embracer SPIRT ONENESS – the real person
John the Baptist came in the spirit and power of Elijah, Luke 1: 15 -17
Noah, Lot, Moses, Jeremiah and Malachi preached against marital infidelity, divorce, and sexual perversion. They preached the gospel message of Hebrews 4: 2. They preached Monogamy for both parties. Malachi prophesied that the forerunner of the Messiah, Elijah, would preach the same message: "He will bring fathers and children together again; otherwise I would have to come and destroy your country, " Malachi 4: 6,
We have Failed marriage From the Garden of Eden to the sons of Cain, to the days of Noah, to Abraham and Hagar, Sodom and Gomorrah, Jacob and his famous four, unfaithful Israel, King Herod, the Romans, King Henry VIII, and especially in today’s time, mankind has defiled, perverted, been a total failure in living up to faithfulness in marriage. Divorce, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, and disobedient children are so prevalent today, that a faithful marriage and a wholesome, happy family, is a rarity.
“It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love”. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“The secret to having a good marriage is to understand that marriage must be total, it must be permanent, and it must be equal”. Frank Pittman
Recommendation: transform culture transform worldviews
Transforming Categories The church arising to its mandate and teaching, preaching deliberately engaging the concepts with the word etc Somewhat a biblically transformed concept Concept e. g marriage The church deliberately irradiating that concept with the word of God, Biblically transformed concept Current informants in society, the press, the Peers, culture Lowered HIV infection Lowered number of MCP’s Behavior change