Reflections of Marriage

Scripture Passage: Ephesians 5:31-33

Not everyone should be married. But everyone should value marriage. One of Kingsland’s Legacy Milestones is Biblical Marriage.

Why does marriage matter?
• Because marriage was invented by God.
• Because marriage is the cornerstone of home life.
• Because we learn something about our relationship to God in the marriage relationship.

Genesis 1 reveals that humans were created in the image of God – unique among all the rest of creation.

Every believer can better understand how God relates to us by recognizing the ways that marriage reflects the nature of God.

Marriage Offers a Glimpse of God’s Leadership (verses 22-23)
• Verses 15-21 – Mutual submission
• Husbands are to lead as Jesus led us – sacrificial v. 23
• Be filled with Holy Spirit. V. 18
• Think about the mutual submission of the Trinity.

Marriage Offers a Glimpse of God’s Love
• Deeper love; more than just affection
• Commitment not emotional
• There is no perfect husband/wife
• Marriage gives you a taste of Heavenly love: love with patience and grace like He does.
• “Marriage should start on simmer and end on a boil,” Pastor Rush.
• God has demonstrated love to us when we were absolutely unlovable and incapable of loving him back.

Marriage Offers a Glimpse of God’s Commitment
• In v. 31, Paul quotes Genesis 2: 31 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.
• There’s a leaving that’s important here.
• There’s a joining that’s important here – “becoming one flesh.”
• Commitment is a radical lifelong pursuit.

Table Discussion Questions:
• What does mutual submission mean?
• How does a Biblical marriage provide a glimpse of God’s leadership?
• Children: Why do mommy and daddy submit to one another?
• How does the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit practice mutual submission?
• How does a covenant differ from a contract?

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