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According to the Bible, Marriage is Illustrative and Intimate
By: Pastor Victor Borchard
  24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:24-25, ESV)   According to Dr. Howard Hendricks, marriage is kind of like flies on the window: those who are on the outside want to get in and those who are on the inside want to get out! It’s a bit of a mystery.
  Another mystery of marriage is how it reflects Christ and the church…
  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. (Ephesians 5:31-32, ESV)
  God designed marriage to reflect the covenant love between Christ and his bride, the church. This reality infuses marriage with a richness of meaning that transcends comprehension. It is indeed a great mystery that can only ennoble our marriages. Bridegroom and bride are noble roles. Love and respect are essential ingredients. According to the Bible, marriage is illustrative of Christ and the church.
  Not only is marriage illustrative, it is also intimate.
  And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed (Genesis 2:25).
  I went to Bible College with a German student named, Stephan. One day, he asked me, “Victor, what’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?” I said, “Stephan, our friendship isn’t there yet.”
  Here’s another way to ask Stephan’s question: “What are you most ashamed of?” In my experience as a pastor, the answer most people would give to this question would have something to do with sexual activity. This final line on the octagon of biblical marriage protects us from making shameful relational mistakes. The marriage bed is undefiled. It’s where Adam and Eve were both naked and were not ashamed. 
  According to the Bible, marriage is intimate, not abstinent. God intends for us to enjoy relational intimacy together within the marriage covenant. 1 Corinthians 7 teaches that we are not to withhold conjugal rights from each other. This line of intimacy keeps shameful things out of our marriages and wonderful things within.
  May the Lord be pleased to bless the illustrative and intimate aspects of our marriages at Table Rock Fellowship. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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