Ephesians 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Just as a husband and wife are one flesh, the church is also one with Christ. So how is it Christ is not yet married to our souls?
Welcome penned and Sarah | Arizona glad to see your comments for they continue the important trends of this thread, one of which is: All 21 comments respected every other comment and commenter and there was no demeaning of any comment or commenter.
I am so tired I can hardly think straight, so until tomorrow sometime, Lord willing, good night all
Just discovered you Wayfairer pilgrim. If I'm not mistaken, and I often am, Lubbock,tx was the home of Buddy Holly, one of my favorite singers and who died in 1959. Make that 22 comments of the kind I referred to.
Since we're not personally involved in any of this , we should offer prayers to resolve these issues and hope that others see the contensions brought about name affiliated churches. Yes, and Paul did address this in 1 Corinthians 12-14.
A read of Hosea would do you a lot of good, J4J....
Hos 2:2-5 Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her br@@sts; Lest I strip her na@@d, and set her as in the day that she was born, and make her as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst. And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they be the children of whoredoms. For their mother hath played the harlot: she that conceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink.
But God is merciful to those of the house of Israel who repented....
Hos 2:14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt. And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi [Husband]; and shalt call me no more Baali [Lord]. And I will betroth thee unto me for ever....
Great Sermon! Rob hits on some very important principles pertaining to a father's responsibility and the romantic interests of his children. God really has given fathers a duty to oversee and protect the relationships their children pursue, seeing to it that they marry in the Lord and are equally yoked. Great to see a well given presentation on this important family doctrine.
John UK wrote: Bro Michael, thank you for responding to my question.
Brother John UK Wales Because this is such a terribly involved and controversial issue, I was only trying to answer you not be exhaustive, and imho I personally hold the conviction each indiviual case should be humbly weighed out as best can possibly be (Something I am not going to try to do here)
And if we are honest in some cases there are single people who have never married, who Biblically are free to marry, that I would not recommend get married, and I trust it is likely everyone posting here knows this to be the case.
Let me conclude (hopefully) my comments on this thread with this. Whether or not someone believes in divorce and remarriage or not, it is my opinion we should becareful to not put a stumbling block in their life or anyone else's either in how we treat (or mistreat) them, and I can't tell you what that is, it is something you and I will need to learn from the Lord and have His Love, wisdom and grace to live out.
May God help all of us, as we live in a thoroughly messed up world, with messed up and hurting people who desperately need the Love and Truth and Mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ in their lives.
Lev 26:40-42 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me; And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.
John for JESUS wrote: Romans 11:1-2 NKJV
Did God foreknow the Jews who are not Jews but are of the synagogue of Satan?
Its like this, J4j. If, as you claim, God has not put away all the Jews when He turned to the Gentiles and remarried (through Christ) those who repented (grafted in again, Rom 11:23) then Christ is one flesh with a faithful wife (believers) and a harlot (unbeliever). If so, guess what; you, me and all Christians are one flesh with spiritual harlots as well.
Yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, nor shall I abhor them, to utterly destroy them and break My covenant with them; for I am the Lord their God. But for their sake I will remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am the Lord .‚Äô ‚ÄĚ These are the statutes and judgments and laws which the Lord made between Himself and the children of Israel on Mount Sinai by the hand of Moses. Romans 11:1-2 NKJV
I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew.
John for JESUS wrote: Lurker... I don't believe God the Father has replaced the Jews for another wife.
Really? Penny knew exactly what I was talking about but you don't believe so?
Is 50:1 Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away?
Who was God talking about? Context:
Is 49:6 It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.
Fulfillment: Act 13:47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.
Paul is the subject of Is 49:1-13, 50:4-11.
The house of Israel was put away when God sold them into Assyrian captivity but the Jews were put away when He confined them in unbelief; when they were broken off the olive tree; when God turned to the Gentiles.
John for JESUS wrote: The church is the bride of Christ, He hasn't even wed yet in order to be able to divorce.
Christ is not presently the husband of your soul? He's not the brother of your quickened mortal body? That's too bad.
Great Sermon! Truly enlightening sermon. Something we all need to think of more often. I will listen to this sermon many times also. I really enjoyed the Sunday sermon at 13th street Baptist church in Ashland Kentucky also. It also was very enlightening. It answered a lot of questions for me about works. thank you for your helpful and great sermons Pastor Tim.
"And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also."
Israel worship cannot replace Christ worship just as Mary worship cannot replace Christ worship. Christ gets preeminence, not our politics.
It says Israel committed adultery and so God gave her a bill of divorce.
And today Jews and Gentiles are saved by the same means, through Jesus Christ.
I would actually go as far as to say that battered wives who continually get assaulted, cheated on (adultery) and abandoned, do not honor God by appeasing and diminishing the abuse...
What would our God be like if he continued Covenant with harlotry?
GSTexas... I do not want to imply anything that scripture does not say. I think there is enough evidence elsewhere that says that remarriage is a sin and certainly discredits one from preaching in the pulpit.
Lurker... I don't believe God the Father has replaced the Jews for another wife. The church is the bride of Christ, He hasn't even wed yet in order to be able to divorce.
Shane, why do I feel like I'm in the remake of a movie and have been given the Van Heflin part.
I had this vision about the movie but I don't believe I was caught up to the third heaven at the time.
Clarke Kent, I believe based on 1 Corinthians 6 that believers shouldn't engage in lawsuits againt believers in the world's courts.
But I am going to return at some point to what we were considering, in essence, is there a season when a believer should be entering into the world's court to engage in a lawsuit against a non believer entity?