MARRIAGE: GOD’S DESIGN

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“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
Ephesians 5:31 NKJV

Marriage is a central theme in the Bible. At the beginning of the Bible, there is a marriage (Adam and Eve). At the end of the Bible, there is a marriage (Rev 19:7-9, 21:2 NIV)

In the middle, we see how the Bible is replete with metaphors of marriage, for example, God described Israel as an adulterous bride, describing His relationship with them as a marital relationship. Also, the church is called a bride and Jesus is called the bridegroom.

I said all that to let you see how often the Bible talked about marriage. What this means is that we must emphasize the topic of marriage too. It matters to God because He ordained it and there’s a way things must be done.

Marriage is a natural representation of our spiritual destiny and it is designed to mirror the union between Christ and the church.

“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”
Ephesians 5:31‭-‬32 NKJV

Apostle Paul wasn’t trying to give a distinction between earthly marriage and spiritual marriage, he was talking about both. One is meant to mirror the other.

Earthly marriage is temporal but the marriage between us and Christ, which is the real marriage is eternal (Rev 19:7). Therefore it is very important to learn about the latter because if you don’t learn about it, you won’t function very well in the former.

Paul gave specific instructions to husbands and wives in Ephesians 5:22-25. If you have not learned to see people as those whom Christ died for, if you have not learned to submit to your elders and spiritual leaders, it’s going to affect your dealings in your earthly marriage.

God wants you to have a good marriage but you need to first be serious and grow in your relationship with Him. Fact is, it’s not everyone that will get married in this life.

Don’t be too focused on finding a partner and getting married that you lose your walk with God. First get that right, because when you do, it will show in your marriage.

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 21:23-32, Romans 1:1-17, Psalms 48, Numbers 1-2

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