Pastor Tim Pianta 65 Main Street, Tolga, Phone 0418882605 Email tolgacommunitychurch@gmail.com ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Monday, March 5, 2012

Marriage - a picture of Christ's relationship with the Church

Bible References: 1 Peter ch 3; Prov 31; Ephesians ch 5; Ephesians 5:22-31

Obey God in Our Marriages. 

Why is Marriage important?  It is a picture of Christ's relationship with the Church.  God has set an order in marriage.  Wives are to submit (obey) their husbands.  Husbands are to love their wives and submit to God (humble themselves).  God wants husbands to be husbands - NOT bosses in their marriage.  Being a husband is not a title - it is living the role (fulfilling the role).

Marriage is between one man and one woman for life.  Salvation is between God and person.  As Christ loved the Church so much He was willing to give up everything for the welfare of the Church.  As Christ put aside even his life for the Church, a husband puts aside "his life"for his wife's welfare.

Obedience from wife will come when a husband shows tender love.  The husband wants to make his wife holy - totally set apart just for him.  (Jesus Christ sets the Church a part for himself as holy - set a part, without blemish.  We are restored by the washing of the Word in our lives. 

The Church needs to be a holy bride.  He does not call us to be passive.  Proverbs 31 shows us how a woman behaves. 

Sometimes it's not easy to love our fellow believers.  Sometimes it's not easy to love each other in marriage.  It is possible to love other believers when we have Jesus Christ in our hearts.  Sometimes it's not easy for husbands to love their wives and it's not easy for wives to obey their husbands.

Even in difficulty we need to bless not hurt back.  We are to be ever ready with good.  Seek peace. Overcome evil with good.  Our business to be a part of bring the message of salvation - reconciliation.

Marriage is an example of the bridegroom Jesus Christ and the bride - the Church.

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