Saturday, July 23
God has given us built-in truths concerning celestial matters. One of these is the marriage relationship, which is analogous to the relationship between Christ and the Church. The Bible speaks of the Church as the bride of Christ. Human marriage helps us to understand that relationship. Just as human marriage is built on love and mutual and enduring care, so it is with Christ and the Church. And just as man and wife produce new physical life, so does the union of Christ and His bride produce new spiritual life. If we as Christians do not reproduce ourselves, it’s like a married couple without progeny. There’s another truth revealed here. The union of Christ and His bride, the church, is a permanent relationship. The union cannot be broken. Paul makes that clear in Rom. 8:35-39. Nothing on earth or in the celestial realm can break that bond. In like manner, a husband and a wife form a union that should never be broken—in this life. A divorce does not reflect the eternal bond between Christ and the Church. Analogies break down when carried to extreme, and this one does, too. 1) A human marriage is not continued in heaven—simply because we move from the physical realm into the celestial realm. 2) When a marriage is terminated by death, re-marriage is acceptable. 3) Because of our sin nature, God has allowed divorce in certain situations. None of this eliminates Biblical truths concerning the responsibilities of marriage. Our marriages should reflect the caring, loving relationship that exists between Christ and the Church. And we should be producing spiritual offspring.