CHRISTIAN LIFE · CULTURE

WHO PUT THE “LOCK” IN WEDLOCK – Part 2

We have seen that marriages serves several important purposes.IMGP0612

1. Mutual companionship.

2. To reflect the imago Dei and glorify him.

3. A means of rearing children.

4. A portrait of Christ’s relationship to the church.

THE MARRIAGE COVENANT

It is also critical to understand that the marital bond involves a binding covenant.  Marriage, then, by definition is  a covenantal relationship – ordained and instituted by God almighty.  My late uncle, Pastor Paul Steele points out the seriousness of this covenantal union: “Because God honors marriage and because people agree to a commitment in marriage, the covenant of marriage is sacred and binding in God’s sight” (Paul Steele, Meant To Last, 11).  The Lord himself joins a couple together in covenant love (Mark 10:9; Matt. 19:6).  Indeed, this covenant is designed to endure until death.

The Bible describes this God-initiated union established before witnesses at the wedding ceremony as indissoluble.  God’s plan is for a man and a woman to enter a marriage covenant that endures a lifetime.  Jesus told the inquisitive Pharisees, “Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate” (Mark, 19:6b).  The only event that may break the covenant is death (Rom. 7:2) at which point the living spouse is free to remarry.

We must jealously guard the God-ordained stipulations that concern the marriage covenant.  To do any less is to dishonor the covenant that God has set before his creatures.

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