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The original design of marriage can now be experienced in the spiritual realm for two believers in the Church-age.

Sunday, February 8, 2004

Whenever a believer begins to have any form of success in the spiritual realm, there will be an attack made against that believer to try to stop that believer’s momentum and motivation in the plan of God.

MAT 19:5 “For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh.”

MAR 10:7-8 For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and the two shall become one flesh; consequently they are no longer two, but one flesh.

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.

It became clear to Adam that he could not be on the basis of intimacy with the animal creation.

So God gave him a helper, an ezer = a responder and fulfiller.

First mention principle – when you establish a precedent, it is to show that this is a firm established principle from the beginning of time to the end of human history.

The pattern of intimacy between the man and the woman was established at the creation of mankind, GEN 2:21-25.

Musterion – mystery = a number of doctrines not known in the Old Testament, or the secret doctrines and secret manner of living.

ROM 16:25-26 – the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets,

1CO 2:7 – God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory;

1CO 4:1 Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

EPH 3:9 – to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things;
COL 1:26 – the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations; but has now been manifested to His saints,

It cannot be the institution of marriage because marriage has always existed since the beginning of the human race and has its precedence from the garden of Eden.

It cannot be the Lord as the bridegroom and the church as the bride, because we have that same analogy in the Old Testament where Israel is said to be the bride and the Lord is said to be her husband.

ISA 54:5 “For your husband is your Maker, Whose name is the Lord of hosts; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the God of all the earth.”

The mystery goes back to the Garden of Eden, and what the first Adam lost in the Garden at the fall, and what the last Adam, TLJC, restored and how it relates to the angelic conflict.

In the garden of Eden, Adam or the original man possessed an absolute righteousness, lived in perfect environment and was given the gift of a relationship of intimacy with the woman.

Our Lord not only restored all that Adam lost in the Garden of Eden, but He modified and improved it even more.

The absolute righteousness that the first Adam lost is now duplicated and imputed in the spiritual realm to the believer in the C.A. who receives a double righteousness and he will remain in that state of perfection forever,REV 22:11.

The perfect environment in the Garden of Eden that the first Adam lost, is now duplicated in the spiritual realm in the PPOG for the Church-age, but will be consummated in the eternal state with perfect environment for all of eternity, REV 21:1-4.

The original design of marriage that the first Adam lost, can now be experienced in the spiritual realm for two believers in the C.A. and becomes analogous to the eternal marriage between TLJC and His bride for all of eternity, REV 21:9.

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DEU 19:15 A single witness shall not rise up against a man on account of any iniquity or any sin which he has committed; on the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed.

MAT 18:16 But if he does not listen {to you,} take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed.

2CO 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. Every fact is to be confirmed by the testimony of two or three witnesses.

The witnesses, two or more, must be interrogated separately and their testimony must agree.

TLJC was interrogated separately concerning being the Son of God and possessing perfect righteousness,
MAT 4:1-11, LUK 4:1-13.

“Use your deity or your divine attributes and perform a miracle.”

2CO 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

HEB 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.

TLJC was the first witness – the faithful witness or the star witness, REV 1:5.

The second witness against Satan and the fallen angels is the invisible hero of the Church-age who will be interrogated regarding their environment. Will they stay inside the perfect environment of the PPOG or will they leave?

Because God presents winner believers as witnesses in the historical phase of the angelic conflict, Satan is permitted to interrogate them and he does so through suffering.

Three witnesses in the Church-age = (1) TLJC, (2) the invisible hero, and (3) the final witness given but not necessarily needed, Christian marriage.

Christian marriage, based on the supernatural power of living the spiritual life within the marriage, restores the third area that Satan destroyed in the Garden of Eden – the gift of a relationship of intimacy with the man and the woman.

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