The Church Series The Marriage (The Church) Pt.15 (WARNING) Rated FG-7
The Marriage (The Church) Pt.1
Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another. Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands. Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. Ephesians 5:21-28
The first church, the marriage that God longs for His people to have as the church. The two of them, the Man and his Wife, were naked, but they felt no shame. Genesis 2:25 Adam and Eve spotted the church and ever since God has sought out men and women to restore and return to harmony his church. God intended husband and wife to be a spiritual, functional unity, walking in integrity, serving God, and keeping His commandments together. When this harmony is operative, society prospers under God’s hand. The church today have covered it’s self with fig leaves, with the shame of being naked.
The man (Adam) in the original church had a huge responsibility God commanded the Man, “You can eat from any tree in the garden, except from the Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil. Don’t eat from it. The moment you eat from that tree, you’re dead.” The woman was not present when God gave Adam the command; Adam’s first responsibility was the ministry to his wife.
The serpent was clever, more clever than any wild animal God had made. He spoke to the Woman: “Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?” The Woman said to the serpent, “Not at all. We can eat from the trees in the garden. It’s only about the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘Don’t eat from it; don’t even touch it or you’ll die.’ ” The serpent told the Woman, “You won’t die. God knows that the moment you eat from that tree, you’ll see what’s really going on. You’ll be just like God, knowing everything, ranging all the way from good to evil.” Genesis 3:1-5
Adam had told his wife the command, but he neglected to minister to her the love of God, the power of their existence and ability to bind the enemy. When the Woman saw that the tree looked like good eating and realized what she would get out of it—she’d know everything!—she took and ate the fruit and then gave some to her husband, and he ate. 7 Immediately the two of them did “see what’s really going on”—saw themselves naked! They sewed fig leaves together as makeshift clothes for themselves. Genesis 3:6-7 Because Adam failed to minister to his wife, and allow the two to come together as one, they lost the power that God intended for the church and Satan deceived them both.
Today the church is in the same dilemma. Men have failed in their first ministry, The Man said, “The Woman you gave me as a companion, she gave me fruit from the tree, and, yes, I ate it.” Genesis 3:12 they are still casting blame instead of taking the responsibility to be the man God intended. Every wondered why Christians divorce at a higher rate than non-Christians? The man is trying to do in a chruch building what he should have completed at home first. (To be continued!)
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