Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Many today want to redefine marriage in our society. The problem may actually be the original definition we have for marriage is wrong. When we think of marriage, we think of the ceremony that do many of us have participated, attended, or planned. However, let us take a few minutes to see what scripture says about marriage.
1 Corinthians 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
This verse is very self explanatory; however, let us look at what marriage is according to God. When someone participates in the physical act of sex, they become one body, one flesh. This is the biblical definition of marriage. How do we know, let us look at some more verses.
Genesis 16:3 And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. 16:4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
When Sarai, Abram's wife, gave Hagar to Abram she gave her to be his wife. How did Hagar become the wife of Abram? Through a ceremony? No. Through the physical act that only one male and one female can partake. They became one body, one flesh during the physical act. Let us look at another passage to confirm this.
Isaiah 54:1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
This is speaking of the wife being barren and another wife having more "children of the desolate". How about that name for your illegitimate children?
Let us look at Jacob. Jacob is wanting to marry Rachel at this time. He asks Laban for Rachel; however, Laban brings his daughter Leah.
Genesis 29:21 And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her. 29:22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast. 29:23 And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her. 29:24 And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for an handmaid. 29:25 And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me? 29:26 And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn. 29:27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years. 29:28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
Jacob wanted to marry Rachel. Laban brings in Leah instead. Jacob and Leah engage in the physical act of sex. When Jacob wakes up in the morning, he finds Leah there instead. Notice the last verse, "he have him Rachel his daughter to wife ALSO". This means they are both his wife.
The more we know about what God calls marriage, the easier we can look around us to see that what is going on today can not be marriage. Marriage is not a license,marriage is not the ceremony, marriage is not a price cut on insurance, and marriage is not a tax break. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman when they become one body, one flesh. Two men can not accomplish the one body, one flesh. Two women can not accomplish one body, one flesh.
Grace and peace,
Complete in Him
Monday, March 30, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
There are many today who do understand how to rightly divide the word of truth, yet they find themselves not following their pattern in all ways. Paul gives us a tremendous look at how we are to apply our understanding in Ephesians 4. We put this together along with his own commentary to Ephesians in Colossians, where he says, as we have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him. We have Paul as a pattern, so we should see how he suggests we live.
But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
There are many who treat folks outside of dispensationalism as though they are completely stupid, forgetting they used to be there themselves. Sometimes they go so far as to call them stupid or idiots. I find this sickening. We are to edify; or build up, not tear down. We should be the light for those in darkness. We should be helpers of their joy.
As we continue to preach God's word, rightly divided, we should remember our commission as ambassadors. We are to be a living epistle written in the fleshy tables of our hearts to be read of all men.
Something to consider.
Grace and peace,
Complete in Him
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.