Thursday, March 13, 2008

I do

In the Bible the word marriage occurs in most cases in regards to the human institution. In the book of Revelation it refers only to the marriage of the lamb to His bride. The most basic of human relationships, upon which the perpetuation of the species is based, is the marriage of a human male to a human female. For some reason the Bible compares that human relationship to the divine relationship God has with His church. Malachi 2:16 says God hates divorce. Mark 10:6-9 Says He allowed it only because of the hardness of the heart. Why do you suppose God hates divorce? Perhaps we should ask which is more important to God; His law or his Bride? When John says in 1 John 4, 8; He that loves not knows not God; for God is love. … 16. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God and God in him. Jesus, in Matthew 22: 37-40 says, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." Is God’s law an expression of his love and a necessary component of His creation, or is it capricious demands of a demeaning potentate placing unfair expectations on his charges for his sake only? God made us from his own mind and did not find us, an accident of chance and time, and decide to make us into something else. Christ Jesus has shown us with His life and death the reason for His Law. Ephesians 5:25-27 shows us the connection. "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish." Our choice to sin destroys human relationships not God's law.


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