“Marriage: Knotted Or Not”

Posted: October 15, 2011 in 1 Corinthians, Christian Life, Marriage, Salvation

  “Speaking tongue in cheek, a person mused, ‘It has been presumed that in many cases a young woman chooses a husband who reminds her of her father.  If this is true, it explains why so many women cry at weddings.’ 

  Purgatory.  “When asked to define matrimony, a young boy familiar with Roman Catholicism replied: ‘It’s a place where people suffer before they go to heaven.’  He confused matrimony with purgatory!  Unfortunately, his definition fits the scenario of some marriages.” – James Dyett

  Bad Publicity.  Marriage and mothers-in-laws sometimes are the topics of the comedians.  But the Christians’ future marriage to Christ was designed to show the special relationship that exists between a man and his wife (Ephesians 5:32).

  Monogamous.  God’s original and ongoing intent is for one man to be married to one woman for life (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:6; Romans 7:2).  As time progresses both spouses should grow in their self sacrificial love and devotion to each other just as a Christian’s love for Christ should grow (1 John 3:16, 17).

  Perversions.  Because mankind wasn’t thankful, God gave them over to all kinds of uncleanness…to dishonor their bodies among themselves.  Instead of worshipping the Creator God, many people chose to worship and serve the creature (Romans 1:18-32). 

  Narcissism.  One of the characteristics of the last days includes the fact that people will be “lovers of themselves” (2 Timothy 3:2).  In the Old Testament times the Jews were told to “love their neighbors as themselves” (Leviticus 19:18).  Man intuitively loves himself without his being told that he must do this. 

  J.O.Y.  If you want true joy in your life try this formula:  Jesus, Others, Yourself.  Joy is a part of the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22).  The Psalmist said, “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together” (Psalm 34:3).  Jesus is the God-man who is the Spokesman for the Godhead (John 1:1-18).  He is worthy of our worship and accepted it from others (Matthew 9:18; 14:33: 15:25; 28:9, 17; John 20:28).  If He wasn’t fully God, He should never have allowed others to worship Him as they did.

  Equality.  Jesus Christ, God the Son, shares an absolute equality with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (John 5:18; 10:30; 14:16; Colossians 2:9).  A diminished, false Christ isn’t worthy of our complete trust (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15).  Don’t be deceived by false teachers and prophets (2 Peter 2:1).

  Honorable.  “Marriage is honorable, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4; Revelation 21:8).  “…rejoice with the wife of your youth” (Proverbs 5:18) instead of with an immoral woman. Her ways lead to death.

  Intimacy.  Three Biblical provisions have been made for abstaining from sexual intimacy in marriage (1 Corinthians 7:5).  But there are five reasons for engaging in it.  They include: to prevent sexual immorality, to recognize each member’s conjugal rights, to express mutual authority that each spouse has over the other’s body, to keep from burning with unfulfilled sexual desires, and to propagate the human race (1 Corinthians 7:1-9; Genesis 1:28).

  Roles.  God has a role for each believer, whether single or married, to fulfill in life (Ephesians 2:10; 5:22-32; 1 Peter 4:10).  If married, one should work hard to maintain a strong marriage and a godly home (Ephesians 6:1-4; 2 Timothy 1:5; 3:15).  If single, one should maintain a life of personal purity (1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 Peter 1:15, 16).  Both groups of Christians should focus on serving God with gladness (Psalm 100:2).  Do all for the glory of God and the good of others (1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 6:10).

  Rewards.  Heaven is not a reward for good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  But once a person has been saved, he/she can be assured that “God is not unjust to forget [our] work and labor of love which [we] have shown toward His name, in that [we] have ministered to the saints [fellow believers], and do minister” (Hebrews 6:10).

  Uncertain.  If you aren’t absolutely sure that you will go immediately to heaven the moment you die, we’d like to show you from Scripture how to gain this assurance (1 John 5:13).  “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and your will be saved” (Acts 16:31). Why?  He died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day.  He was seen by over 500 witness over a 40 day period of time before ascending back into heaven in the presence of His disciples (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Acts 1:9-11).  He promised to return someday (John 14:1-3).  Will you be ready?  Perhaps Today!

  Kelsey Pietsch (Peach) pastors the Grace Baptist Church, 535 Creston Road in Paso Robles.  For more information call 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at www.kelseypeach.com.

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