Friday, January 20, 2012

Marriage Points On To Better Things

The marriage bond is dissolved fully by death, the death of either partner. "The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord" (1 Cor 7:39). And "in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage" (Matt. 22:30).

The type must surely give place completely to the anti-type; for then how much more wondrous a marriage will take place, "the marriage supper of the Lamb" (Rev. 19:9), involving a union of eternal joy, with never a marring circumstance to cast the slightest shadow upon this scene of perfect love, or brightest light, of vibrant, wholesome life. If marriage pictures this, then even the sweetest joys and blessings of marriage here ought only to quicken our hearts' longing for the blessed Day of our Lord's glory.

Soon deepest joy our inmost souls shall fill,
Soon Thine own joy be more exceeding still,
Soon we shall see Thee, --Thine enraptured bride, --
Soon, to Thy great delight, be near Thy side.

Above all else, in the home of the believing couple, let the Person of the Lord Jesus be the pre-eminent Object of each heart, and the blessed hope of His coming a real and vital incentive to every godly virtue. Thus will such a marriage more rightly picture that of Christ and the Church, -faintly perhaps, but really; and declare to the world that this means more to us than the temporary earthly picture and its blessings, sweet as these may be.


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