With the marriage of another granddaughter in three days, my mind and heart is focused on their lives and relationship, having Christ as their center. For that reason, I will draw from a few lessons in chapter six of our training manual, God’s Plan for His Church as material for several blogs.
The importance of marriage as instituted by God is much larger than most think. To put this in perspective, Paul refers to “a man…leaving his father and mother and holding fast (cleaving) to his wife” as a “mystery” (Ephesians 5:31-32; Genesis 2:24). Then Paul explains that marriage of a man and woman is a “profound mystery…and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church”. The “profound mystery” means a ‘great secret doctrine or teaching’ that could only be understood by divine revelation (see Ephesians 3:3). This view of marriage places it on a far higher level than our culture sees it today, or for most of the church for that matter.
God has never deviated from His original plan and establishment of the union or marriage of a man and a woman (Genesis 1:28; 2:24) which He intended to be continued throughout human history. Jesus affirms this when the Pharisees tried to corner Him on the issue of divorce; “But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female” (Mark 10:6). God is not going to change it because of social or cultural pressures or because some do not understand or agree with it.
More on this subject tomorrow, but consider how often we ‘dumb-down’ our understanding of a truth or principle God has established because we do not seek to understand the original design. There is only one way to correct this trend: REPENT AND RETURN!
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