Posted by: Heather | September 26, 2008

Just Reflecting . . .

Taking a break from Philippians for a minute, and musing (reflecting) about marriage.

Marriage is not something that man invented. (For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh – God’s words, not ours)

Paul tells Husbands to love their wives as Christ loves the Church, and it seems that wives are to be an example (in how they treat their husbands) of how the church should treat Christ.

God takes divorce extremely seriously, it seems in part because it corrupts the living image of what God was trying to relate about himself to the world.

Could it be that earthly marriages are only a shadow of the real thing? (like the tabernacle was a shadow of the heavenly temple Christ is High Priest in, or like sacrifices were shadows of Jesus’ death in my place, etc) Did God give us marriage in this world so that we could begin to grasp the relationship Jesus wants with his people for all of time? If so, then our marriages are not about us, they are about Christ. If this is true, then how we treat our spouse is not even about us or them, but about Christ! The blessings we receive for obedience to God’s model are just incidental to the real purpose of our marriages. We are to reflect Christ and the Church in our marriages, and this “magnifies” God! So, if we look for “light” in our marriages, we are looking in the wrong place, and must wind up dissapointed. The only true “light” in any marriage must be the “light” that is reflected from Christ.

Once again, it’s not about me (or you) It is all about Christ. We are to reflect, He shines.

For what it’s worth.

Craig

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  1. Very cool!


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