Saturday, September 20, 2014
“For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh” (Ephesians 5:31 KJV).
On this day, my family and I invite you to join us in the celebration of two lives beginning as one brand-new life!
Today, my family will gain a new member, and I a new sister-in-law. My eldest brother, Isral, will marry his fiancée, Jivka (they will read this later). We wish them well on this their wedding day, when they join hands in holy matrimony and take lifelong vows before their Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
They will no longer have two identities, but one identity; the context of today’s Scripture is how we Christians and Christ share one identity: “For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones” (verse 30). My dear brother must now leave father and mother, to now cleave to Jivka. She must now come under his protection and guidance, as we have done in relation to Jesus Christ (verses 22-24). He must love her as Christ loves us (verse 25). They have a brand-new life together, and how we joy in Jesus Christ with them!
Marriage can be the happiest life event or it can literally be a worst nightmare—either extreme depends on what extent the Lord Jesus Christ is allowed to live in the lives of both spouses. Jesus Christ is fully compatible with Himself, so when two Christians join together in marriage and have issues, it is not Jesus Christ’s fault. Either the husband, the wife, or both, are not living the grace life—Jesus Christ’s doctrine regarding marriage (1 Corinthians chapter 7; Ephesians 5:18-33; Colossians 3:16-19) is not being applied by faith.
In this day and age, marriage vows are often taken very lightly. Sometimes, unfortunately, they are not taken at all. Beloved, no marriage is perfect, but when Christian couples apply by faith the marriage doctrines of grace as found in the words of the Holy Ghost through the Apostle Paul, their new life will literally be the life of Jesus Christ on display for all to see 1 + 1 = 1. 🙂
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