What is Marriage?

What is Marriage?
Ephesians 5:15, 21-33

  • A Christian wedding is a public expression of God's revealed nature with a desire for their covenant to be witnessed.
  • This is not merely a CONTRACT
    • Many of which are based on insecurity and suspicion, which stems from fear and mistrust.
  • Nor is this merely a COMMITMENT
    • One based on an emotional promise, that can change with time.
  • Rather, it is a COVENANT
    • Covenant is a sacrificial promise that is dependent on the Power of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15

...and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. Ephesians 5:21

Walk With God

  • 2:10 – Walk in the good works we were prepared for.
  • 4:1 – Walk in a many worthy of our calling.
  • 4:17 – Walk no longer like an unbeliever.
  • 5:2 – Walk in love, just as Christ loved you.
  • 5:8 – Walk as children of the light.
  • 5:15 – Walk as wise men, not as unwise.
  • 6:10-20 – Walk in the Spirit!

Jesus, the Bridegroom

  • Ephesians 5:32
    • "This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church." 
  • Ephesians 5:2-27
    • Note these four references to Christ and the Church
  • John 3:29
    • "He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. So this joy of mine has been made full."

The Bridegroom is Messiah

  • The 1st Adam
  • The 2nd Adam

Servant of All

But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." Matthew 20:25-28

So also it is written, "The first man, Adam, became a living soul. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. I Corinthians 15:45