Marriage, Divorce and Jesus (2 of 8) by Zach Terry

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Marriage, Divorce and Jesus (2 of 8)
Series: 1 Corinthians
Zach Terry
1 Corinthians 7

INTRODUCTION:
Marriage points to the Essence of Who God is -
Genesis 1:26-27 (ESV)
26 Then God said, ''Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'' 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Remember God is Trinity, that is there are 3 distinct persons in ONE GODHEAD.

Marriage relationship was the first unit of organized human existence that God ordained. Prior to organized Government or Religion - God ordained the family.

Marriage points to the Relationship between Christ and the Church -
Ephesians 5:31-32 (ESV)
31 ''Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.'' 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.

As such the marriage relationship holds a unique preeminence, a unique sanctity.
Of the union that exist between a husband and a wife God says, ''This is what I have put together''.
That was spoken of the first marriage, and Moses tells us that it is to be understood that the same declaration applies to every subsequent marriage.
Imagine if you will the day you stood at the alter, a Pastor in front of you, friends and family surrounding you. You made a solemn vow before the living God. And God declares - this is what I have joined together.

Now the question arises - is it ever appropriate for a man or a woman to seek through legal action to tear asunder that which God has joined together, the union that Paul tells us is the purest representation of the Gospel on planet earth?

It's a sobering question. It's a dangerous decision. And frankly it's a question that you MUST be equ ...


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