by Kerry Shook

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The King's Gambit (2 of 3)
Series: Soul Mate
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Genesis 1:27 (NIV)

• Genesis 2:7, 22-25 (NIV)

• Genesis 3:8-10 (NIV)


The King's Gambit is the most famous opening move in the game of chess. It's where a pawn is sacrificed right away in order to gain a more favorable position in the game. Now in marriage, it's not just the King's Gambit, it's also the Queen's Gambit because both husband and wife have to make sacrifices constantly, putting the other ahead of themselves in order to gain a more favorable position in the marriage relationship and to build a rich and deep and passionate and intimate soul mate kind of relationship.

In this series, we're using the game of chess to really illustrate dating, love and marriage because there are so many similarities. The art of sacrifice is one of them, but there's one big difference. In a game of chess, the goal is checkmate. In marriage, the goal is soul mate. In chess, you want to win. In fact, in grand master chess, you try to annihilate and destroy and humiliate the opponent, but in marriage if one spouse wins the relationship loses because you're on the same team. In marriage counseling, we tell people all the time this very simple, but yet profound truth: you're on the same team. But, most couples act like their competing with each other, and you know opposites always attract. But, then opposites start to attack, and what was meant to complement starts to turn into conflict.

That's not the way God intends, and I want us to go all the way back to the first book of the Bible to see how God created the first man and the first woman because to become soul mates you've got to understand how you're made. In Genesis 1:27, it says

"So, God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."

So, underline the phrase "in the image of God" because men and women were created equal in the most important aspect - they were both made in the image of God. Men and women are exactly the same in the most important area and that is we're all made in the image of God. That means we have a capacity for spiritual things; we have this spiritual component in our lives. We have the capacity to have a relationship with our Creator. We're made in the image of God; but, it also means that man and woman are equal in value in God's eyes because He placed the highest value that He could place on any of His creation upon us. We're created in the image of God. We're created in His very own image, and so He's placed this high value upon each of us, and so men and women are equal in God's eyes in value.
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