Thursday, August 10, 2017

Building a Strong Marriage (Part Nine)

Building Block of Spiritual Fellowship

The Christian marriage can be seen as a triangle! In one corner is the husband and in the opposite corner is the wife, but sitting at the point above both is the Lord! This is illustrated for us in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” 

The last part of these verses speak of a threefold cord is not quickly broken. This describes the strength of a marriage that is built around the Lord! The husband and wife are not only intertwined together, but they are both together wrap around the Lord and He is at the center of their marriage! This is that triangle mentioned early, both husband and wife growing closer to the Lord who is at the top of the triangle but as each one gets closer to the Lord they actually get closer to one another! This is spiritual fellowship in the marriage!

In Ephesian 5:25-28 we read that just as Christ sacrificed Himself for the church the husband is to love his wife. We also read that as Christ is presently sanctifying the church by the washing water by the Word, the husband is to love his wife the same way, setting her apart from all others! He can also set her apart by spending time in the Word of God with her, seeing to her spiritual grow! Then we see in verse 27 that one day Lord will present the church to Himself holy and without spot! There is such security in this wonderful truth! In the same way the wife should feel spiritual, emotionally and physically secure because of the fellowship with her husband!

Peter refers to fellowship in prayers in the marriage as fellow heirs of the grace of life (1 Peter 3:7). As the husband understands his wife, giving her honor and seeing her as a joint heir of the grace of life, he will be able to pray with power. If he does not, Peter says, his prayers will be hindered. 

The grace of life here may not only refer to eternal life, but in the context may also refer to the true intimate friendship that belongs only to those who are possessors of God’s most blessed gift in this life, marriage. This is the only time in all of Scripture this expression is used “fellow heirs of the grace of life” and it is use in relation to a husband and wife enjoying fellowship together! Peter seems to be assuming that husbands and wives enjoy the sweet privilege of prayer together as heirs of the grace of life! Husbands and wives are not simply two people living in the same house, but fellow heirs of the grace of life! Enjoy that and develop it more as you prayer and read together drawing closer to the Lord together!

Tim Hadley Sr.

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