Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The secret of the mystery. Part 208. The mystery behind Christian marriage. Part 1.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
The relationship between Christian husbands and Christian wives mentioned in this passage as well as the church and TLJC is called a musterion, a mystery.
1JO 3:16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
One of the most important concepts and overlooked principles concerning living the spiritual life is the principle of unity.
One of the many blessings that we have because of the cross is that our Lord not only restored all that Adam lost in the Garden but He gained back for us all of things that the first Adam lost.
The perfect environment in the Garden of Eden is duplicated in the spiritual realm by the PPOG for the Church-age but will be experienced in totality in the eternal state.
Once a believer recognizes this particular fact, and the analogies of the first Adam in the garden and the Last Adam, our Lord Jesus Christ, then he will see the importance of God’s word as far as relationships are concerned.
The predominant problem with the woman toward the man is lack of respect.
COL 3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be bitter against them.
“How can I love her when she is constantly nagging or complaining or being critical or like the drip-drop queen”PRO 19:13 The contentions of a wife are a constant dripping.
The Moffatt translation –
“the nagging of a wife is an endless dripping.”
The Jerusalem Bible –
“a woman’s scolding is like a dripping gutter.”
PRO 12:4 “An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who shames him is as rottenness in his bones.”
PRO 21:9 It is better to live in a corner of a roof, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
The Living Bible –
“It is better to live in the corner of an attic than with a crabby woman in a lovely home.”
PRO 21:19 “It is better to live in a desert land, Than with a contentious and vexing woman.”
The Bible in Basic English – “It is better to live in a waste land than with a bitter tongued and angry woman.”
PRO 27:15-16 A constant dripping on a day of steady rain and a contentious woman are alike; He who would restrain her restrains the wind, And grasps oil with his right hand.
He loved her with an impersonal unconditional love.
1. The Filling of the Holy Spirit.
2. Metabolized Bible doctrine circulating in the soul.
3. The ten problem-solving devices.
4. The power for the execution of the PPOG.
PSA 1:1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
The believer cannot think, apply doctrine, or solve problems through the mind or the thinking of another person.
The importance of problem-solving in the privacy of your soul.
The importance of self-counseling from the Bible doctrine that you have accumulated in your soul.
Therefore you are going to have greater testing; you are going to have to face the temptation of greater distractions than any ordinary believer in the past.
That is tragic, because never before in history has there been such an emphasis in the word of God on the prehistoric angelic conflict.
Above all there is assembled in the heavens, in the universe the entire angelic host, who are observers in this stage of history. Elect angels observe human history while fallen angels are designed to oppose human history.
Mystery, Christ, church.
The exception is Christian marriage, in the dispensation of the church, being a part of the testimony that once and for all condemns Satan and all fallen angels to the eternal lake of fire.
The standards for Christian marriage, not unbeliever marriages – unbelievers can extrapolate from establishment principles even in the Church-age certain principles that were given from the beginning and have a great and happy marriage, Ecc 9.
The marriage of a born again husband to a born again woman, a wife, is something very special and has the highest standards ever assigned to marriage on the part of those who possess a sin nature.
Marriage is a divine institution for both believers and unbelievers.