One Fruit Of A Godly Marriage is a Visual Gospel

“And then finally there is the fruit of a visual gospel. And here I take you to Ephesians 5, and I want you to turn there, because it’s the other bookend, Genesis 2 is the left bookend, and Ephesians 5 is the right bookend for what God says about marriage, and if you’ve been around Immanuel for any length of time, you already have an idea of what I’m going to say, based on these verses, Ephesians 5:31. ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh’ That’s right out of Genesis 2. ‘This mystery is great,’ verse 32, ‘But I am speaking with reference to Christ and the Church.’ What’s Paul’s point? Paul’s point is that before marriage was created, God had in His mind, the marriage of the Lamb of God to the church, the Son of God to His bride. The Father Son and the Holy Spirit in the council of eternity decided to create an Earthly picture of that relationship, and it’s called marriage. And that’s God’s goal for our marriages, that our marriages would be a visual display of the gospel, a visual picture of the love of Jesus for sinners. It’s a loyal love, sacrificial love; that’s a love that’s never going to let us go, and that’s God’s goal for our marriages. And in a world where marriages are falling apart left and right, and in professing Christianity where the same is happening what are we to do? What are we going to do if we are to stand against that tide? Well we have to start thinking about marriage from God’s viewpoint, we have to realize that you don’t just get married and then just live life thinking that the marriage is going to take care of itself. Some of you probably have gardens that look like that. You planted it in May, and you haven’t much thought about it. And it shows. We have marriages that God has given to us. That need our attention. All of us, everyone of us. Let us pray that God will help us to apply what we have learned today.” (43:40-46:40)

Excerpted from a sermon by Paul Tautges

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