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[gamos] is honourable [timios] in [en] all [pas], and [kai] the bed [koite] undefiled [amiantos]: but [de] whoremongers [pornos] and [kai] adulterers [moichos] God [theos] will judge [krino]. KJV-Interlinear
marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for
fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
Recall the shadow principle
which we studied recently from this book of Hebrews. Though the concept dealt with the Temple, or the tabernacle which were shadows of the real Temple in heaven. And, likewise the Levitical Priesthood and
related offerings, sacrifices, and feasts which were also shadows of the real
and true work of Christ.
In all that exists on this
earth, all that is authorized by God, that is, these are but shadows of the
true original, whether conceptual or real, in heaven.
Marriage is one of the
divine institutions which God placed within the human race in order to provide
stability between man and woman, and to provide the basis of the family unit. Marriage should be revered and honored and
never dishonored. However in our current
day, marriage is treated with virtually no respect, either by those who are
actually married, or by those who avoid formal marriage, or by those who prefer
to define their own version of a marriage in alternate life styles.
Anything less than the
formal marriage as recognized by society, is a dishonor to the institution of
marriage and a slap in Gods face, for His invention of the relationship.
One of the sure signs of
the end times will be the almost total dismantling of the concept of
1 Tim. 4:1-3
1 But the Spirit explicitly
says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention
to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 by means of the hypocrisy of
liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, 3 men who forbid
marriage and advocate abstaining from foods, which God has created to be
gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. NASB
Among other things,
marriage as an institution will fall by the wayside in the end times (whenever
that might be). Though we might not like
that idea, it is going to become a reality.
And in recent times (decades), the world has seen tremendous failures in
this regard. In Europe and Africa, marriage
has declined as an institution for some time now.
In our own USA, marriage
is under attack, so much so that states are beginning to define marriage as
being between on man and one woman.
While that may take hold for the moment, sooner or later, even here in
our country, marriage will go the way of the dinosaur. That is the trend of future history. Marriage is ridiculed or disrespected by
people, by Hollywood,
portrayed as something less than honorable in television shows, and so forth.
In our recent study of
Revelation, which we are going back to when we complete this study of Hebrews,
we have already seen that our dispensation is an era of trends. Those trends are many and one thing that is
common to them all, is that they are all on the increase.
I offered speculation once
that when the Rapture finally occurs, the numbers of believers in the world
will likely be a small number. As all
other things increase, spirituality will be on the decrease. I have a chart on the web site which portrays
the rise and fall of sin, along with the rise and fall of spirituality in the
world, each acting inversely from the other.
As an example, recall
Noah s time when the flood occurred. The
spiritual measure of the world was low, sin was high, and judgment was great. Taking this same trend pattern, I believe
that when the Rapture occurs the spiritual foundation of the world will be
small, sin will be great, and instead of sinners being judged this time,
believers will be removed, so as to open the way for even more people to come
to Christ by means of the Rapture.
At the flood there were not
going to be any more believers, so that generation ended. But at the Rapture, there will be more
believers (following it). They just will
not believe until something dramatic occurs.
The Rapture will be a catalyst of sorts to kick start spirituality once
again in the world. A spirituality which
will have stalled.
26 And just as it happened
in the days of Noah, so it shall be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 they
were eating, they were drinking , they were marrying, they were being given in
marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed
28 It was the same as
happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking , they were
buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; 29 but on
the day that Lot went out from Sodom
it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
30 It will be just the
same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.
Just as times have been set
in a pattern, so too in the end times, people will be having their good old
time when Gods actions for history will
commence. In our time, the Rapture will
be the next big event. In the
Tribulation, the Second Advent will be the big event.
Maximum judgment only comes
when there is maximum rejection of God, Christ, His doctrine, and the various
principles of doctrine which God has given us.
In view here is the
institution of marriage. If you are
rejecting marriage in any way, then you are bordering on blasphemy against God,
and you might not even know it. Or, perhaps
you do but you just refuse to acknowledge it.
God set out guidelines for
marriage. It has four basic
purposes. First, for the propagation of
children. Second, to provide an
environment or a safe haven which protects people from sexual sins and desires.
Third, marriage provides for
companionship. Fourth, marriage provides
for the basis of the family unit and the raising of children.
Marriage is an institution
which means that it also has a structure.
The husband is the head, the wife is his companion, and the children are
a pain in the rear. Hummm. Just checking to see if you were paying
attention. Kids aren t really royal
pains. At least I don t recall that I
was a problem of any kind !!! But as for
my kids? Well, lets just say that I
think we are getting close to the end times really close. Really, really close!
Ok, enough of the
humor. Dad is the boss of the family,
mom is the boss of the home and kids, and kids are supposed to clean up their
23 For the husband is the
head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being
the Savior of the body. NASB
1 Cor. 11:3
3 But I want you to
understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a
woman, and God is the head of Christ. NASB
1 Peter 3:1-2
1 In the same way, you
wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are
disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of
their wives, 2 as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. NASB
1 Peter 3:6
6 Thus Sarah obeyed
Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is
right without being frightened by any fear. NASB
Sarah started out being a
very stubborn, bossy, and hot headed woman.
She changed miraculously into a Princess of a Lady.
Gods Word was responsible
for that change.
When marriage is honored,
then Gods design for marriage is followed.
When married folks do not get along, there is definitely a breakdown in
their spiritual lives, somewhere.
Husbands might abuse their wives. Husbands are ordered by God, to love their
wives. Love places controls over the
husbands actions with regard to his wife.
Wives might not respect their husbands.
Wives are ordered by God, to obey and respect their husbands. Through respect comes humility and genuine
Of all of the
characteristics of a marriage, the love from the husband, and the respect from
the wife are the two principle ingredients of a successful marriage.
The concern of both husband
and wife should center on the welfare and happiness of the other, on what can
be given rather than on what can be obtained.
This is another application of the golden rule, but with regard to the
3 But do not let immorality
or any impurity or greed even be named among you, as is proper among saints; NASB
1 Peter 2:9
9 But you are a chosen
race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession,
that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of
darkness into His marvelous light; NASB
8 Finally, brethren,
whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and
if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. NASB
We who are believers in
Christ have been given a huge commission, a tremendous opportunity, for which
we have an obligation to God. God
defined marriage for humanity in order to protect humanity. God provided marriage as an illustration of
the relationship between God and mankind in the spiritual life.
If we are faithful to God,
then we are faithful in our relationship with Him through our pursuit of our
spiritual life. When we cheat on God in
our spiritual life, we cheat on the marriage relationship.
God provides us with Bible
doctrine. God is the male part of the
marriage. We, believers in Christ, are
the female part. God has loved us, and
it is for us to submit to His will. Our
relationship is consummated and perpetuated when we open up our souls to His
doctrine. Phenomenal blessings result
from this union
Marriage on this earth is
but a shadow of the reality in heaven.
Remember that a shadow does no reveal all of the characteristics that make
up the reality which casts the shadow.
So if we have marriage and it is fantastic in all of its attributes
which we have, then imagine what the real relationship in heaven will be like
when we get there. Infinitely better.
Cheat in your marriage (and
that is not just limited to fooling around with others but includes any form of
dishonoring or resisting of the marriage concept), and God will judge
(discipline) you. Likewise in your
spiritual life, cheat on that and you ll get hammered.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.