When a man and woman commit to each other in marriage, they are fulfilling a creation ordinance in which two people become one. In a world where many view marriage as revocable, Christian couples should recognize the sober nature of their covenant. Alistair Begg stresses the importance of building upon the vows and lifelong covenant made to each other.
10Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers? 11Judah has been faithless, and abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem. For Judah has profaned the sanctuary of the Lord, which he loves, and has married the daughter of a foreign god. 12May the Lord cut off from the tents of Jacob any descendant5 of the man who does this, who brings an offering to the Lord of hosts!
13And this second thing you do. You cover the Lord's altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. 14But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the Lord was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. 15Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union?6 And what was the one God7 seeking?8 Godly offspring. So guard yourselves9 in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. 16“For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her,10 says the Lord, the God of Israel, covers11 his garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.”
Some of the most alarming statistics in the Church today relate to the crumbling of Christian marriages. In this series, we are reminded that God is the author of marriage, and that He has provided wonderfully practical instruction for single people, husbands, and wives. Alistair Begg offers useful Biblical advice on finding a spouse, preparing for the wedding day, and building a marriage that lasts a lifetime. Relationships are a fact of life, but no human relationship should be a distraction or hindrance to our commitment to Jesus Christ. God’s Word helps us guard against allowing our emotions to control how we live out our lives, and guides us into relationships that glorify God.
|To Marry or Not to Marry? Part One||1 Corinthians 7:25-40|
|To Marry or Not to Marry? Part Two||1 Corinthians 7:25-40|
|Relationships||1 Peter 3:1-7|
|We Two Are One||1 Corinthians 7:1-7|
|Marriage: A Covenant, Not a Contract||Matthew 19:1-12|
|Being a Wife-God's Way||1 Peter 3:1-6|
|Being a Husband-God's Way||1 Peter 3:7|
|Planting Hedges in Marriage, Part One|
|Planting Hedges in Marriage, Part Two||Ephesians 5:22-33|
|How To Avoid Marital Failure|
|Marriage and Divorce||1 Corinthians 7:8-16|
|I Take You||Malachi 2:10-16|