MARRIAGE - The Mystery of Christ and the Church

MARRIAGE - The Mystery of Christ and the Church

THE HUMAN RELATIONSHIP THAT OFFERS THE GREATEST JOY AND SATISFACTION AVAILABLE TO MANKIND, AND OF ALL HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS IT OFFERS BY JUST LIVING THE TRUTH, THE ABILITY TO REFLECT FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE BOTH GREAT and ENDURING HEAVENLY REALITIES.

LET US BEGIN

1 Can marriage bring you great joy and satisfaction? It is my testimony to you that marriage was designed by the Almighty One to, among other things, do just that. He wishes that our lives be filled with joy and satisfaction! Two points of the very statement that was just made are in my mind extremely basic to your joy and satisfaction in both life and marriage. First of all, that we have all been created. Thus saying, if we have been created and are not just products of chance as many would promote, then basic logic teaches us that the One that created us must have purpose in our lives. For even among men, who creates something without a purpose for it? Men do not spend time, energy, thought, finance, (In short a portion of their lives) to create something unless they view it as having purpose. If a man creates something he wants, he then demands a return of one sort from that very thing he created, how much more the Almighty Creator of all things? The second thought: Our joy and satisfaction in marriage is not the only purpose for Yehovah creating both mankind and marriage. Men kind are forever (Until they can be taught by Yehovah to behave differently than this) self-centered. The first purpose for mankind being created, and thus living upon the earth, is not for us to be happy**! It is for us to glorify God with our lives.** This is the most basic purpose in which all humankind was created. Until we align ourselves with this knowledge we have little hope of enduring joy and satisfaction in either life or marriage, but I say to you, it is entirely possible to be aligned with the Creator and have the joy and satisfaction of His presence in your life, marriage, family, and in all that you do.

2 How can I, or anyone else know that the bottom line purpose for all human life is to Glorify God with our lives, and thus have hope of living in fullness of life? This knowledge has been known among men from the beginning. The Westminster Larger Catechism of 1649 says it this way, “Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever”. John the Beloved expressed after having seen a vision of heaven that certain of those that sit before the throne of God cease not to say these words. “Thou are worthy O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure (Please, which is equal to purpose) they are, and were created.” Yeshua, the Messiah, the man that the Bible teaches to be all God, yet all man, in His prayer to the Father said it this way. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Yeshua Messiah, (Jesus Christ) whom thou hast sent. Enoch, the seventh from Adam, it was said of him that he knew God in such a way that God took him from this life without having to experience death. So for me to say that you can know God, and His purpose for your life, and that this can culminate in the greatest of joy in both life and marriage is completely right for me to say. For in doing so I stand on the foundation of a multitude of Believers that history teaches me testified of knowing God, and the actions of their lives bore witness to this. Also, the very witness of God’s Spirit testifies to me that He calls all to know Him. For He would have all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. And in the truth there is joy unspeakable, and much glory.

3 You were created, whether you are male or female to be the reflection of God and His purposes in the earth. All that is about you, your body, your soul (Intellect, emotion, and will) and your very spirit was made after the similitude of God, thus made to reflect both Him and His purposes. More specifically, the male person was made to illustrate God Himself. The female person was made to be a reflection of that which is most valued of God, and that is the Church, or the individual Believer. This knowledge, and the understanding of how to live this out is what the Apostle Paul spoke of in Ephesians chapter five, verses 22 – 33. There he spoke of the marriage relationship. The apostle said that the marriage relationship was to be likened unto Christ and the Church. He said that this is a great mystery which can only be revealed and understood by the Holy Spirit. The points of the understanding of how the male (man – husband) is a natural living illustration of God Himself, and the female (woman – wife) is the natural living illustration of the Church, or the individual Believer, (A Believer being the single individual element of the Church) are far too many to be spoken of now in this article. None the less I will list a very brief set of examples:

First: Let me say this, I have been seen by some since my youth as “incurably religious”. I can honestly say that from a very early age Yehovah’s presence has drawn me. So, according to how I have been caused to see and hear, I have become what I am, and from that point of view I will speak. So please, perhaps you’ll see me as different from yourself, and some of my ideas may seem a bit farfetched to you. But I am not coming with an “axe” to grind, or a “rock” to throw. I only come to share what I have found to be real and valid. So perhaps we can be friendly neighbors and learn from each other, and let the Spirit of the Living God bring each of us along in our quest to know Yeshua the Messiah, and express Him in the world.

Secondly: A little something about the author: I really see myself as of extremely little importance here other than that by God’s grace revelation of His wonders have been shown to me, for at this moment in time I am the human source of the understanding that will in this article be made available. This understanding is for you to take to yourself and use to add knowledge to yourself, and implement that knowledge unto your personal good and the good of your marriage, and in so doing honor the God of heaven. In the future you’ll find that we’ll add other writings to this blog, and I think that time will show that you’ll find them very interesting and, I guess I should add, they’ll be very controversial. For the purer the truth of God is, the more it is held in controversy in the world

Thirdly: Below you’ll find a list of the major points of this article. I list them so that you can have an idea upfront where we are going, for when a person takes a trip does he not want to have both an idea of where he is going, and how he’s going to get there? Please keep in mind that whenever we obtain valuable and interesting knowledge that it leads to the desire for more. So, by Yehovah’s grace that is what tomorrow is for. There will be future articles, and they will answer questions, and in so doing raise even more questions. But I trust in the answering of questions (The which, I trust we will do a lot of) that it will both add up to your personal, marriage, and family joy, but also bring forth the testimony of Yeshua our Messiah in picnicthe World, and the testimony of His purposes.

  1. PERHAPS YOU QUESTION, “CAN THE STATEMENT THAT YOU OPEN THIS ARTICLE WITH REALLY BE TRUE? CAN MARRIAGE REALLY BRING GREAT JOY? AND CAN MY LIFE BY GETTING THE ISSUES OF MARRIAGE AND OF LIFE RIGHT, REALLY ADD UP TO A FULL AND ACCURATE ILLUSTRATION OF THE DIVINE ONE, AND HIS PURPOSES?”
  2. HOW DO YOU (The author) KNOW THIS?
  3. IS THE FULL SCOPE OF MARRIAGE REALLY A MYSTERY, (something known only by revelation) AND ONE THAT IS BEING MORE FULLY UNVEILED EACH DAY TO THOSE THAT FEAR GOD?
  4. WHAT DO YOU MEAN WHEN YOU SAY, “THAT TO KNOW AND PRACTISE THIS WISDOM WILL BRING GLORY AND JOY INTO ONES LIFE?”

IS IT TRUE THAT ONCE ONE KNOWS THE GREATER PICTURE IT IS FAR EASIER TO EACH DAY TAKE THE SMALLER ISSUES OF LIFE AND MAKE THEM CONFORM TO THE GREATER OVERALL PURPOSE OF GOD IN ONE’S LIFE AND MARRIAGE, AND BRING TO PASS TRUE, AND COMPLETE SATISFACTION, AND A DEEP ABIDING SENSE OF WALKING WITH GOD, and DOING HIS PURPOSE IN the WORLD?

LET US BEGIN

1 Can marriage bring you great joy and satisfaction? It is my testimony to you that marriage was designed by the Almighty One to, among other things, do just that. He wishes that our lives be filled with joy and satisfaction! Two points of the very statement that was just made are in my mind extremely basic to your joy and satisfaction in both life and marriage. First of all, that we have all been created. Thus saying, if we have been created and are not just products of chance as many would promote, then basic logic teaches us that the One that created us must have purpose in our lives. For even among men, who creates something without a purpose for it? Men do not spend time, energy, thought, finance, (In short a portion of their lives) to create something unless they view it as having purpose. If a man creates something he wants, he then demands a return of one sort from that very thing he created, how much more the Almighty Creator of all things? The second thought: Our joy and satisfaction in marriage is not the only purpose for Yehovah creating both mankind and marriage. Men kind are forever (Until they can be taught by Yehovah to behave differently than this) self-centered. The first purpose for mankind being created, and thus living upon the earth, is not for us to be happy**! It is for us to glorify God with our lives.** This is the most basic purpose in which all humankind was created. Until we align ourselves with this knowledge we have little hope of enduring joy and satisfaction in either life or marriage, but I say to you, it is entirely possible to be aligned with the Creator and have the joy and satisfaction of His presence in your life, marriage, family, and in all that you do.

touch2 How can I, or anyone else know that the bottom line purpose for all human life is to Glorify God with our lives, and thus have hope of living in fullness of life? This knowledge has been known among men from the beginning. The Westminster Larger Catechism of 1649 says it this way, “Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever”. John the Beloved expressed after having seen a vision of heaven that certain of those that sit before the throne of God cease not to say these words. “Thou are worthy O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure (Please, which is equal to purpose) they are, and were created.” Yeshua, the Messiah, the man that the Bible teaches to be all God, yet all man, in His prayer to the Father said it this way. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Yeshua Messiah, (Jesus Christ) whom thou hast sent. Enoch, the seventh from Adam, it was said of him that he knew God in such a way that God took him from this life without having to experience death. So for me to say that you can know God, and His purpose for your life, and that this can culminate in the greatest of joy in both life and marriage is completely right for me to say. For in doing so I stand on the foundation of a multitude of Believers that history teaches me testified of knowing God, and the actions of their lives bore witness to this. Also, the very witness of God’s Spirit testifies to me that He calls all to know Him. For He would have all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. And in the truth there is joy unspeakable, and much glory.

3 You were created, whether you are male or female to be the reflection of God and His purposes in the earth. All that is about you, your body, your soul (Intellect, emotion, and will) and your very spirit was made after the similitude of God, thus made to reflect both Him and His purposes. More specifically, the male person was made to illustrate God Himself. The female person was made to be a reflection of that which is most valued of God, and that is the Church, or the individual Believer. This knowledge, and the understanding of how to live this out is what the Apostle Paul spoke of in Ephesians chapter five, verses 22 – 33. There he spoke of the marriage relationship. The apostle said that the marriage relationship was to be likened unto Christ and the Church. He said that this is a great mystery which can only be revealed and understood by the Holy Spirit. The points of the understanding of how the male (man – husband) is a natural living illustration of God Himself, and the female (woman – wife) is the natural living illustration of the Church, or the individual Believer, (A Believer being the single individual element of the Church) are far too many to be spoken of now in this article. None the less I will list a very brief set of examples:

  • As Christ is Savior to the Church, the man is called to be a savior to his wife.
  • As Christ is Lord (head) over the Church, the man is called to be lord over his wife.
  • As the seed of God (1 Peter 1:23) is sown into the Church and new birth comes forth, (A new born again soul) so the seed of the husband is sown into the body of the wife to bring forth new life.
  • As a new born Believer drinks of the sincere milk of the Word (Meaning Scripture, 1 Peter 2:2) even so a natural mother shares the milk of her breasts that her child might live and grow.

Please note that none of these divine attributes can any man or woman call their own, we are only called to be a living mortal picture of God and the Church. Let it suffice to say that the understanding, and with that the proper application of these truths will lift, empower, and redirect any life and marriage no matter how far off course it may be. For Yeshua said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set your free.” In the simplest terms I will say that man and woman are the highest natural living picture of God and His purposes. And that if you will give yourself to discover and implement this knowledge it will create a glory and joy in your life that is beyond words.

deargod4 What do I mean when I say to know and practice this wisdom will bring glory and joy into your life? I will endeavor to give both direction and definition. First of all, although I know this is not popular with very many in this generation I must say to you that to know and practice this truth you must first know the God who created you to live this truth. In simple Bible terms that means that you must be saved, or born again. Which in the very simplest terms I know means that you must turn from doing life your own way, and cry out to God in the name of Yeshua, (Jesus) setting your faith upon Him in order that He can forgive your sin, and cause you to be born of the Holy Spirit into His family. You can do this anywhere and at any time when His conviction is upon your heart. However, you must mean it, or it will not work! But if you mean it, and believe, then He will never leave you. What do I mean by glory? In this world glory is offered: recognition, the praise of men, titles, etc. I am not saying this is evil necessarily, but if it isn’t for the sake of Yeshua then in time it will be found to be empty. The praise of man always does. The glory fades. But the glory from above is a work of the Holy Spirit. When we connect with His truth and abide in it, this glory comes into us, and abides upon us. It’s a glory that is a gift from God by the Holy Spirit where you can stand up, even in the worst of times and know that you are something, and that your life is adding up big time for something more important than can be humanly imagined. I’d trade the glory that men offer for this glory anytime. Now the joy I speak of is very similar. Men and women in the world who live after their own dictates and are not obedient to Yehovah’s laws, such as: liars, thieves, fornicators, adulterers, blasphemers, improperly divorced, gossips, etc, etc., these people can know certain joy. There is no doubt about that. In fact sin itself has pleasure, but when it lifts you up high on one hand, it will cast you down very low on the other hand. But the joy from above, when one learns to walk in cooperation with Yehovah’s laws and purposes (In other words, in Christ) there will be a joy that is beyond description. For it will defy all human explanation. For it will work even in the darkest hours or your life. I say to you, know God, and keep all His commandments by the Holy Spirit, and you will know His glory and joy in your life and marriage. Check out Romans 8:29-30 and 1 Peter 1:8.

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5 The greater picture is that Yeshua created you to be a living mortal illustration of all the dynamics of the eternal divine relationship between Himself and His Bride (the Church). In His infinite wisdom and power He create the male person (Who grows to be a man and in most all cases marries) to be a mortal illustration of Himself, and how He deals with the Church. He made the female person (Who grows to womanhood and will in most all cases marry) to be a mortal living illustration of how the Church (Christ’s bride) is to respond to the Heavenly Bridegroom. So in short the study and application of all that Christ is and does will be a pattern for manhood. The study and application of all that the Church, or individual Believer is directed to do will serve as a pattern for womanhood. So by implementing this simple, (But very deep) strategy you can face life and marriage one issue at a time, all the while knowing that (For you can see it in the picture of Christ and the Church) all your efforts are adding up to something more than you had before. I say this in regards to both your present natural marriage and the hope of that heavenly marriage that is yet to come, which is spoken of in Revelation 19:7, when Christ takes the final step to make those that have shown themselves to be appropriate, His bride for eternity. So I say to you once you know the greater picture it is far easier to each day take the smaller issues of life and make them conform to the greater overall purpose of God for your life and marriage, and bring true and complete satisfaction, and a deep abiding sense of walking with God, and doing His purpose in the world.

An American Watchman,
Gregory A DeHart

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