Divine Romance

Divine Romance

Eph 5:22-33

22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”   32 This is a profound mystery — but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

I. Paul ends his discourse on the sanctity of marriage with “I am talking about Christ and the Church.”

  1. To talk about husband and wife is to talk about God’s divine romance with us.
  2. Paul uses Christ relation ship with us to speak of the relationship of husbands and wives.
    1.   v 22″submit to your husbands as to the Lord”
    2.  v 23 “as Christ is the head of the church,”
    3.  v 24 “Now as the church submits to Christ”
    4.  v 25 “just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.”
    5. v 28 “In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies.”
    6. 6.      v 29 “just as Christ does the church”

 

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”   32 This is a profound mystery — but I am talking about Christ and the church.

  1. The reason we get married is because we are the body of Christ.
  2. The spiritual reason for marriage is that God wanted to display his divine love for us through the divine institution of marriage.

 

II.                Just as male and female need each other, we need God, but surprisingly, God needs us.

  1. God needed an object that could appreciate his love.
  2. Your animals cannot fully understand how much you love them.
  3. Marriage becomes a microcosm of God’s relationship with us. Microcosm–miniature of something larger.

Hos 2:16

16 “In that day,” declares the Lord,

“you will call me ‘my husband’;

you will no longer call me ‘my master.’

III.                Marriage is a picture of God’s divine romance.

  1. Big difference in the relationship of a boss and employee versus husband and wife.

Hos 2:19

19 I will betroth you to me forever;

I will betroth you in righteousness and justice,

in love and compassion.

  1. God wants us related to him in obedience fueled by love, not fear. Slave fears the master. 12 years a slave.

Isa 62:5

as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride,

so will your God rejoice over you.

  1. Just married, honeymoon. God wants to have a relationship with us. It’s about the fact that God wanted to be with us.

Matt 9:15

15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them?

  1. Jesus likens his relationship with his followers as a bridegroom.

Matt 22:2

2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.

  1. Kings son, Jesus, is to be married.

Rev 19:7

For the wedding of the Lamb has come,

and his bride has made herself ready.

  1. Bride wears white. Righteousness.
  2. God did not create marriage to give us a pleasant means of repopulating the world and providing a steady societal institution for the benefit of humanity. But he planned marriage among humans as another signpost pointing to his own eternal relationship with humanity.

 

IV.             Marriage is an analogy of reconciliation.

  1. If we as believers cannot reconcile with our spouses then how are we pointing to God’s reconciliation of us?
  2. Old rabbinical story: Story of Two brothers: one single and other married. Divided grain, but single brother put more grain in married brothers granary, Married brother did the same. Sacred Marriage: page 30-31. Place where the Temple will be built.

 

V.             Covenant. Not temporary contract.

  1. A.    Marriage—
    1.  wearing rings, (memorial)

Jesus has prints in his hands

2.     feeding the cake, (meal)

Communion

3.     toasting, (drink blood)

Communion

4.     rope, (belt that held the armor)

Put on the full armor of God.

5.     coins, (exchange of gifts, my wealth is yours)

He became poor so you can become rich.

6.     name change. (use my name, call on me)

In my name you can ask me anything

7.     Death do us part.

“I will never leave you or forsake you”

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