Marriage And Mercy

There are two knowledge dimensions to marriage: the dimension of the knowable and the dimension of the unknowable. For the dimension of the knowable you need wisdom. For the dimension of the unknowable you need God’s mercy. You cannot fully know someone. We always know in part. For the unknowable and unrevealed you need the mercy of God.


Romance, Sex and Marriage

Contrary to what the religious mind might think marriage is not a Christian thing, it’s a humanity thing. Marriage was not instituted after Jesus rose from the dead it was instituted in the Garden of Eden. Because marriage is a humanity thing God recognises marriages that are not conducted in church. The marriage ceremony is culture based. And that’s not saying don’t marry in church. If in your culture drinking a cup of cold water is how you get married, God will recognise it. And if it’s climbing a tree God will recognise it. The conjugal ceremony is culture based. The church ceremony is a cultural expression. All that wearing of white is cultural. Up till mid-19th century brides didn’t wear white. The first person to do so was Queen Victoria. That was on 10th February 1840,179 years ago. There are two clear implications from the foregoing:
a. A non-Christian couple can have a wonderful marriage.
b. A Christian couple can have a horrible marriage.


What If Ruth Had Left With Orpah?

The story of Naomi and Ruth in the Bible has to be one of the most moving stories you’ll ever read. It will drive you to tears. But don’t let’s assume everyone knows Orpah. Ruth of course is popular. Parents name their children Ruth, but who was Orpah? Orpah was actually the first daughter-in-law of Read more about What If Ruth Had Left With Orpah?[…]

What If Jesus had Married?

Gnostic heresy purports the marriage of Jesus to Mary of Magdala. Gnostics allege Mary had a “koinos” or defiled relationship with Jesus. Dan Brown in his novel, “The Da Vinci Code” indeed asserted Jesus had a biological offspring. Now you know why Apostle John was said to have fled a bathhouse almost naked when he Read more about What If Jesus had Married?[…]

Marriage Nuggets

Marriage is a beautiful thing. It is God’s creation – the first human institution established by God. (Genesis 2:18-25) God’s plan for marriage mirrors Christ’s love and relationship with His bride, the Church. (Ephesians 5:22-33; Revelation 21:2,9) Marriage is supposed to be a life-long commitment. And if you desire to be married, you must plan Read more about Marriage Nuggets[…]

Can God Tell You Who To Marry?

The question of spiritual discernment of marriage partner is an old issue in the body of Christ. Central to this quest is the question of God’s will and avoidance of mistake. Thus emerged the “divination” school of marital choice, with the man or woman praying and the Spirit of God “revealing” whom to marry. Whereupon Read more about Can God Tell You Who To Marry?[…]

What Does God Say About Sex In Marriage?

Contrary to popularly held notions about God’s word, the Bible is actually not shy about discussing sex. Some imagine such a subject taboo to a holy God, which explains why many churches don’t talk about sex; or why they’re only broached in special conclaves like premarital counselling classes. Well, Paul wrote a letter containing instructions Read more about What Does God Say About Sex In Marriage?[…]

The Marriage Issue (Part 8): Submission

Last week we looked at a man’s primary responsibility in marriage – sacrificial love. The sacrificial love defines everything in the marriage. It defines responsibility, counters selfishness. We found instruction on the man’s role in marriage in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. In that letter, Paul details the mechanical engineering of marriage. (Genesis gives us Read more about The Marriage Issue (Part 8): Submission[…]

The Marriage Issue (Part 7): The Love of a Man

Our modern rules of culture invariably intersect with the logic of the word of God. There’s always a raison d’être behind God’s injunctions. Everything is purposed, God is not random. And God deals in eternal principles. We deal in temporal realities. The things we ordinarily take for granted tend to have great significance and attract Read more about The Marriage Issue (Part 7): The Love of a Man[…]

The Marriage Issue (Part 6): How Marriage Works

The Book of Genesis provides us foundational studies on the institution of marriage. It is the conceptual framework of the most fundamental institution on earth today. Marriage is.   However, the MECHANICS of the marital institution and its elucidation are found in the writings of Apostle Paul. Paul wrote so much about love and marriage. Read more about The Marriage Issue (Part 6): How Marriage Works[…]

The Marriage Issue (Part 5): Terms of Engagement

Last week, we began to look at the subject of loneliness. In this message I’ll share general principles on dating and marriage – terms of engagement, if you will. But here’s an aside: As a general rule, don’t date someone you can’t marry. Apart from the possibility of an “accident,” which can get you stuck, Read more about The Marriage Issue (Part 5): Terms of Engagement[…]

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