An overview of Part 1, Adam and Eve
- God instituted marriage with Adam and Eve, the first couple. They lived in unity with God in the Garden of Eden. It was God’s plan to test their love and loyalty. He allowed the serpent to test their obedience. They fell into the trap, disobeyed God and Adam lost his position as ruler over God’s creation. The devil, Satan, became ruler of the world.
- Genesis 3 explains how the world was divided into two opposing kingdoms. One is the Kingdom of Light with God as its Ruler. The opposing kingdom of darkness has Satan as its ruler.
An overview of Part 2, The two kingdoms
Jesus confirmed the existence of the two kingdoms. They are irreconcilable and at war with each other. Their goals and standards of living are strange to each other. There is no peace, no harmony and no common ground between them.
We will always struggle to interpret what happens in the world if we do not understand the two kingdom world we live in. This is especially important when it comes to God’s design of marriage.
Part 3, God’s marriage pattern is a shadow
God created people with a very specific purpose to become part of His eternal Kingdom.
- Marriage on earth is a shadow of the future marriage in heaven of Jesus and His eternal Bride. 1 The Bride will consist of billions of the saved individuals (it is like a body with billions of cells).
- When God pierced Adam’s side and formed his bride, it was a shadow of Jesus’ pierced side on the Cross where His Bride (the church) was ‘born.’
- Rejection of God’s marriage pattern is an insult to God and His Son, the Bridegroom and the Bride. 2
God created marriage for a reason
- The whole progress of God’s Kingdom is built on reproduction. Only 25% of people who hear the Gospel respond and remain faithful (according to the Parable of the Sower, Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23).
- That is why the All-knowing God allowed death into the earth. It paves the way for new generations that can make decisions for Jesus. So man and woman joined in marriage is important to produce children who can choose to become part of God’s Kingdom.
- Noah and his generation of godless people illustrate how only a remnant usually choose God’s ways. Only Noah, his wife and his three sons with their wives were saved. The rest were all destroyed in the flood. 3
- Without reproduction, God would have a very limited number of citizens. God needs many generations to reach His required number of people.
The devil hates God’s kind of marriage
- For Satan it is very important to thwart God’s efforts to gather people.
- Satan hopes to postpone his eternal torture in the lake of burning sulphur if he can prevent God from getting the right number of citizens. His hope is that the earth will then continue for a long time. Thus he opposes God’s kind of marriage.
God’s opinion about these anti-Biblical marriage patterns
The Bible is about God’s Kingdom. God decides whom He includes and excludes. God is precise, and does not leave us in the dark. That is so that people can change their ways and ensure an inheritance in God’s Kingdom.
- ‘Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the Kingdom of God.’ 4
- ‘The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the Kingdom of God.’ 5
- ‘For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person – such a man is an idolater – has any inheritance in the Kingdom of God.’ 6
Note carefully who God excludes from His Kingdom
- God mentions sexual immorality, homosexual offenders, adulterers, thieves, drunkards, the greedy, et cetera. Because God never shows favouritism, He cannot pardon some, and judge others. His Word explains His course of action. It applies to all people. Nobody has any exemption ‘certificate.’ You cannot obtain such a certificate, since it would amount to favouritism from God’s side.
- God doesn’t exclude people because they are inherently bad, but, because they will not submit to His ways. Therefore He categorises them as rebels, followers of the chief rebel, Satan. Yet they can change through Jesus the Saviour. There are billions of saved people who left the kingdom of darkness and entered the Kingdom of God.
- Jesus’ sacrifice was sufficient to save all people who want to, out of darkness, ‘For He [God] has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son [Jesus] He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.’ 7
Should followers of Jesus condemn others?
- The answer is short and sweet. No. We have no right to condemn because the two kingdoms differ.
- James 4:12 says, ’There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and destroy. But you — who are you to judge your neighbour?’ The ‘neighbour’ includes both the saved and (one would accept) the unsaved. Only one eternal Judge can save and condemn. It is not necessary for us to do God’s work.
- 1 Corinthians 5:12 makes it even clearer, “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. ‘Expel the wicked man from among you [inside the church].’” It is the Holy Spirit who convicts people of sin, righteousness and judgment, not we.
What can we do?
Pray! Our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against the devil’s schemes and his demons. Prayer is powerful and effective. Do not judge but pray for your loved ones that may be in the devil’s trap. Satan cannot stop Holy Spirit inspired prayer.
To be continued…
- Ephesians 5:25-32
- Revelation 19:6-9
- Genesis 6:5-10
- 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
- Galatians 5:19-21
- Ephesians 5:5
- Colossians 1:13