Making Much of Marriage

Groom and Bride

Marriage is the oldest human institution. It didn’t come as a result of tradition, the Church didn’t invent it, nor is it something reserved for conservative Christians. Marriage was established and designed by God. The Bible provides clarity concerning the definition of marriage being between a man and a woman with the purpose of procreation (Gen. 1:28a), pleasure (Proverbs 5:18-19), partnership (Gen. 2:18) and productivity (Gen. 1:28). 

 

In God’s wise and wonderful design of marriage, He created an arena in which the couple can experience the benefits and blessings that are sexual, social and spiritual in nature. Together, they can be an enterprise that can function and accomplish things to the glory of God. Of course, every Christian is to view their life as an opportunity to live under the Lordship of Christ and declare His excellencies in word and deed. But marriage is the bringing together of two people in covenantal faithfulness.

 

The union between a man and women in marriage is not to be viewed as just another type of human relationships. It is to be seen as something that God designed and defined. There is a true dignity to marriage and it is something worth making much of. Regardless of the numerous attacks society brings against marriage, marriage remains a God ordained initiative and institution. When practiced according to His blueprint (; ; ), the couple will experience the beautiful sexual, social and spiritual benefits. This will bring great glory to God and good to our society.

 

Marriage, as defined by the Word of God is something worth making much of! Praise God for it and celebrate it.

22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.

3:1 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.

Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

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Andrew Courtis

Andrew Courtis

ANDREW - Serves as Pastor of Hills Bible Church. I am married to Dianne and we have three children (Kate, Emma and Jack). I was born and raised in Melbourne, moved to Adelaide to undertake theological studies (BMin.), and have completed additional studies with the Australian College of Theology (MATh.). I have served in pastoral ministry in both Melbourne and Sydney and am a qualified school teacher. I am committed to expository preaching and making the word of God known and understood.