Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

New England Bible Conference 2008. Part 9. Sunday.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

This past week we have noted the importance of virtue-love, friendship, fellowship, the RFHC, marriage, and then the mystery behind Christian marriage.

The missing ingredient in all of our relationships is not so much the inability to fulfill the divine commands concerning those relationships, but the ignorance on our part of not understanding the purpose behind those relationships.

If you have a desire to glorify God, you cannot afford to be satisfied with just the commands in the word of God; you should also desire to know why those commands are given and how they relate to the angelic conflict.

The divine standards for Christians in all relationships are higher than ever before.

When the believer follows the divine prescription of virtue love with which Christ loved the church, that relationship has the potential to become a witness for the prosecution of Satan and his appeal trial which is coterminous with human history.

God is up to producing a third witness in the rebuttal phase of Satan’s appeal trial in the angelic conflict.

Most believers would rather sit back, listen to messages or read someone’s books, and then live a life that has no real commitment to God, no fellowship with other believers, resulting in a bench warmer on the team rather than a player on the field.

JAM 2:23 Abraham believed God and he was called the friend of God.

Would you lay down your life for the brethren as I have laid down My life for you?
1JO 4:16

PRO 17:17 – “I love you at all times and I’ll be there for you whenever”
EPH 5:25 – Men, will you love your wife just as I also have loved you and was willing to give myself to you?
MAT 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given to you;”

Ain’t no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me away from you Lord

One of the most serious mistakes most believers make is when they lose sight of God’s purposes for, not just marriage, but also sex.

So they end up using various alternatives to try to meet those needs on their own.

COL 1:16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created by Him and for Him.

One of the divine purposes of marriage is to reflect God’s oneness.

The Trinity is the ultimate example of oneness in relationships.

In order to understand the oneness that two people can experience in a relationship together we need to understand the God who makes that possible.

We believe God has THREE persons yet is ONE God.
The ONE refers to God’s divine essence and His character and nature.

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His divine essence can not be divided between more than one god; otherwise it is not truly the divine essence. The THREE refers to three distinct persons; the persons of the triune God share the divine essence. The members of the Trinity are distinct (The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit)
The members of the Trinity are perfectly and deeply interrelated.

In the character and nature of God, there is no isolation, no insulation, no secretiveness, no fear of being transparent to one another.

So while each of the divine persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) fully possesses the same essence (each one can be called God), they share a common, mutually indwelling life together.

We cannot remove one person from this intimate relationship and have the other two remain intact because the members of the Trinity share the same essence and mutually indwell one another.

Even though three distinct wills exist within the Trinity, only one will is ultimately expressed, which indicates the deep unity of the Godhead.

We could answer the question, “What is God like?” by saying, “a triangle,” but a triangle isn’t personal.

One of which is sex, which was designed in the garden to represent the divine essence and unity of God.

EPH 5:31 For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh.
EPH 5:32 This mystery is great;

The original divine design of sex in the garden was a type or a preview of something even greater to come in the Church-age concerning the relationship of Christ and His church, His future bride.

“I am going to create an institution called marriage to give the human race the opportunity to have a relationship not just to know what I am like intellectually but to experience what I am like personally.”

In a marriage relationship, you can experience the sensation and beauty of being two distinct individuals with two distinct wills being united by sharing the same essence, being human and still united together.

Because God also said in effect, “I am going to create within the institution called marriage the blessing of sex.”

1. Sex was created by God to illustrate the interdependence of the husband and wife.
2. Sex was created to portray the unity in the marriage between the husband and the wife.
3. Sex was created to portray equality in the marriage.

4. Sex was created to portray privacy and intimacy in the marriage.
5. Sex was created to portray virtue in marriage – the thoughtfulness, tenderness, self-control, virtue-love of the husband in performing the sexual act, and the same thing for the wife.

6. Sex was created by God for recreation in the marriage.
7. Sex was created by God for procreation in the human race.

The Trinity procreated, not when they created the human race, but when they procreated the new spiritual species…

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