Is marriage only a political issue? What does God’s Word—the Bible—say about marriage and what is God’s vision for marriage?
[Steve Myers] It’s a hot political topic - gay marriage. Recently it’s become the headline that the President supports gay marriage. And then of course we have the other side that this is unacceptable to those that are conservative. But is it really a political issue? And I think that’s the question.
Where do you go in order to find the truth on the subject of marriage?
Well, we should go to the One who created us. So we’ve got to go to God. We’ve got to go to His Word if we really want to understand God’s intent for marriage. In fact, if you go right to the beginning of your Bible, go back to the book of Genesis. That’s where God ordained marriage. In Genesis chapter 2 in verse 24 He said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh.” So that’s over in Genesis, Genesis 2:24 Genesis 2:24Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall join to his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
American King James Version×. In fact, you can read that whole section of scripture where He creates Adam and then He creates the perfect complement to him—his wife. And so God ordained marriage right at the beginning of creation.
So at the beginning of history, what was God’s intent? That a man and a woman should be joined together in marriage, the union of one man and one woman. And so God ordained that right from the very start, right from the beginning of creation. And so what did that do? That established a divine pattern. That was God’s purpose. That was His pattern for future generations that marriage would be the key. Marriage would be God’s vision for something so important. It wasn’t just a physical thing that God was doing here. There was something that He was showing about His purpose.
Marriage was going to be symbolic of what God was going to be doing spiritually. Think about it for a minute. When a man and woman marry, they’ll have children and they produce offspring. Well, if you know what God is doing spiritually speaking, God is creating a spiritual family. And He talks about this.
When you go the New Testament, go to the book of Ephesians. In Ephesians chapter 5—we’ll write that one down so you can take note of this—in Ephesians chapter 5 and basically throughout that whole chapter, but especially when you get to chapter, chapter 5:22 He talks about marriage. He talks about husbands and wives and he talks about that greater spiritual purpose, that spiritual insight that we should have with what God is doing because of the physical aspects of marriage. Notice what he says here. He says that Christ loved the church. And as he says and talks about this spiritual thing, he says that, “He might sanctify and cleanse her” that’s the church, “that He might” verse 27, “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.” So here we have insight into God’s spiritual purpose. And so he says, “So husbands ought to love their own wives. For he who loves his wife loves himself.” Now in verse 32 he says this is a great mystery. This is something that may seem difficult to understand, but God reveals it. Notice what he says, “I speak concerning Christ and the church” (Ephesians 5:22-33 Ephesians 5:22-33 22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves his wife loves himself.
29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church:
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
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You see, God is creating a spiritual family. Jesus Christ is coming back to marry His bride, the church. If you were to go to Revelation chapter 19 it spells it out so clearly and so specifically here that there is a great spiritual intent that God has. And notice what’s going to happen in the end when the people have made themselves ready, Christ is going to return and notice the wording here. It says in verse 7 of chapter 19 of Revelation, “Let us be glad and rejoice. Give Him glory” (Revelation 19:7 Revelation 19:7Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife has made herself ready.
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Now, why should we do that? Because of God’s vision for marriage. We’ll write that one down. Let’s look at Revelation 19 and we’re going to look in verse 7. Revelation 19, let’s be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, why? “For the marriage of the lamb has come and His wife has made herself ready.”
You see, God’s plan for mankind is reflected in marriage. And so, boy, others put away marriage. So many want to say it’s useless, it’s nothing, or we can do whatever we want in marriage, different individuals can marry each other and it doesn’t matter. But you know what? That denies what God’s vision is for marriage and the ultimate spiritual reality.
The spiritual reality is Christ is going to marry His church, His wife because God is bringing many sons and many daughters into His family, into His Kingdom. That’s God’s vision for marriage. That’s not a political ball that we can throw back and forth. That is not a political issue. It’s a spiritual issue and it’s one we miss entirely if we don’t understand what God’s vision for marriage truly is.
That’s BT Daily . We’ll see you next time.