Kingdom Marriage 1 - Overview
"This is a great mystery,
but I speak concerning Christ and His People,"
Marriage in the Kingdom of God is different in a special way. Being instituted by God it is part of His order. But in addition marriage symbolises the relationship between Christ and His People.
Beginning with being betrothed and ending with death, marriage is an all-encompassing relationship, second only to the believing couple's life with the Lord.
As all mature married couples know, loving and living with another person every day means experiencing a many-faceted life that brings both blessings and challenges - and reveals much about one's self.
Consequently, a Kingdom couple's marriage is one of intimacy indeed - and vulnerability indeed.
Although as individuals the couple are in personal relationships with the Lord, in marriage they go, firstly, before the Father hand-in-hand, as it were, to pray about their daily life together.
It's life in Christ, in His word, through the Spirit and in God's grace. This is the foundation and the power of Kingdom wedding-marriage.
In this context those who are attracted to one another and who desire to have a deeper association can have their relationship grow in a way that is spiritually-natural and naturally-spiritual and acceptable to the Lord.
The use of the term "wedding-marriage" throughout these messages is intended to convey two things:
That "wedding" refers to the ceremony of being joined before the Lord
and "marriage" refers to the life-long union of love and unity.
In Jesus' day the pattern of wedding-marriage was based on the Law of Moses. But, as with everything, Jesus the Anointed One transformed it.
At Pentecost the Holy Spirit brought the fulfilled New Covenant with Him and Kingdom wedding-marriage was part of it.
According to God. When some Pharisees were challenging Jesus about divorce, He reminded them of the truth regarding His Kingdom wedding-marriage:
"... Have you not read He who made them at the beginning made them male and female said:
‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh’.
So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate," Matthew 19'4-6.