Clarity: The Power of Righteous Marriage

by John and Ruth Greene

read your Bible dailyThe Word of the Heavenly Father [YHWH, Elohim] is about clarity. Satan and a competing world don’t want that clarity, or the righteous nature of being set apart from the world. (Romans 12:1-2) Elohim’s Word is about commitment. Scripture points out that marriage is YHWH’s idea, not an idea of man. (Genesis 2:18, 24; Matthew 19:4-6) Marriage is not a convenience or an invention of culture, but is defined in Elohim’s way. (Genesis 3) Man leaves his parents and becomes one with his wife, joining together to look after the welfare of one another through commitment and intimacy. Sexual union exists through marriage alone. (“Are You a Christian First of Last?“; “Christian Conduct in the Sexual Realm“; “Sex Is Marriage“; “Are You In Danger of a Reprobate Mind? Sexual Sin and YHWH“)

Man and wife are to feel no shame. Only sin separates them. Until sin, superiority was not in the picture. Sin created a striving for superiority instead of divine submission. (Ephesians 5:21-33) Satan’s purpose is to split, to break the bond of trust. This splitting has been done in virtually all elements of life. (Matthew 5:32, 19:5-6; Romans 7:23; 1 Corinthians 7:2) Trust in the sacred, set apart nature of Christian marriage is principled through the practice of love, not feelings alone. This is through belief in YHWH’s definition of righteousness as a child of YHWH. You become a child of the Father by obeying Him, through honoring Him. (Hebrews 13:4; “Intimacy In Marriage“)

serpent appleSatan introduced craft, substituting one thing for another through deception. In the same way, Satan gets in the middle of the marriage relationship, just as he did with Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve are a personal testimony against every righteous [sanctified, set apart] marriage, showing how Satan seeks to divide and conquer through deception. (Luke 19:41-44; Proverbs 12:18, 29:11) In the beginning, Satan seduced the first couple with the reasoning that they would be like YHWH, to be their own gods. Blocking intimacy by creating barriers is a key strategy of evil. (Genesis 3:7) Satan seeks to break the bond of YHWH and the bond of marriage, most often through shame, pride, distortion and disagreement. Satan and the world seek to puff up your pride, to create your own godhood. As the marriage bond operates through discipleship in the Messiah, the marriage has a true spiritual purpose in union with YHWH. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Isaiah 61:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:22-24; 1 John 1:7-9; “What is the Standard of Life Conduct in a Disciple of Messiah?“: “Seductive Persuasion Breaks a Good Man“)

In the same way, a righteous marriage is about breaking down the barriers of the world. The Holy Spirit [Sanctified, Set Apart Spirit] is your key, breaking down barriers that would deceive and destroy. (James 4:7-10; John 8:44) With time running out, this spiritual bond is more important than ever through unity to teach about YHWH’s Kingdom. Still, all those that choose to be married must keep in mind that they will face many troubles in life. (1 Corinthians 7:27-28) We must treat one another as we want to be treated, (Matthew 7:12; Micah 6:8) with YHWH as our significance. (Colossians 3:14; Ephesians 4:15-16) The family must fight for Bible truth instead of the fruit of the world. Satan wants to hook you, to convince that he is in control when he is not. (James 1:12; 1 Timothy 2:2-4; “Prospering Your Family“; “Blind Leading the Blind“)

fear of intimacy and discoveryMany a ‘Christian’ husband has sought to beat his wife into submission, even based on a perversion of scripture. “Wives, subject yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Master. Because the husband is head of the wife, as also the Messiah is head of the assembly, and He is Savior of the body.  But as the assembly is subject to Messiah, so also let the wives be to their own husbands in every respect. Husbands, love your wives, as Messiah also did love the assembly and gave Himself for it, in order to set it apart and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word in order to present it to Himself a splendid assembly, not having spot or wrinkle or any of this sort, but that it might be set-apart and blameless.” – Ephesians 5:22-27, ISR98 (1 Peter 3:1-6; Ephesians 4:32; Mark 10:9; Revelation 19:8-9 “What Is Washing By The Word?“; “Is YHWH In Your Marriage?“)

family strife stressClearly, the husband stands before the Messiah in judgment with a much larger obligation to YHWH than his wife. This isn’t about superiority, but about mutual submission. Mankind has simply distorted the truth of scripture. The Messiah did not come to be served, demanding blind obedience. He came to His people to serve and to love, as a model for His disciples. (Matthew 20:26-28; Matthew 23:11; Mark 9:35; Mark 10:35-45; Philippians 2:7) Through obedience, both husband and wife submit to Messiah. (“The Garden of the Marriage Relationship“)

No intermediary between a married couple exists other than this standard of submission to Messiah. They live and pray through the Messiah. Meeting with the ‘ekklesia of God’ doesn’t stand in the way of relationship with YHWH or truly govern Christians. The Bible governs the family, even each man and woman separately. (1 Corinthians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 5:20-21; 1 Timothy 2:5) The traditions and rulings of man cannot take the place of the Messiah or His provision. Your personal emphasis is on your Messiah and your obedience to Him. When your relationship with your Heavenly Father, Yahshua [Jesus] and the Holy Spirit isn’t right, your relationship with your mate won’t be right. When a husband robs his wife or a wife robs her husband, they rob their Heavenly Father. (1 John 4:7-8; 1 Corinthians 13:5-7; Hebrews 10:24-25; Ephesians 5:21) Love protects, rather than enables, insults or dishonors. (James 3:13-16; “The Bible & Higher Authority“; “Abiding in Trust“; “Are You Rejecting YHWH’s Holy Spirit?“; “Will Your Marriage Survive the Coming Global Shaking?“)

Affairs-of-the-Heart-John-and-Ruth-GreeneWith their active cooperation, the Holy Spirit forms and equips husband and wife to draw closer to Elohim through His Son. None of the worldly tasks of marriage are higher than honoring YHWH. Each role of marriage has the privilege of serving YHWH with no room for thinking that one is superior to another. Superiority is never the issue. Submission is the issue, with each created for the other. Marriage was designed and gifted by YHWH. Where marriage exists, it is designed to be a joint ministry dedicated to YHWH before others. Your joint ministry is of the Father, not a rebellion to Him. How have you used that gift? (2 Corinthians 4:4; Hebrews 12:1-2; Acts 26:18; Luke 22:31-32; “Modern Society and Obsolete Marriage“; “Affairs of the Heart“)

What did the first human rebel do? She looked, she took, she ate and she gave. The battle is often lost at the first glance. Temptation often begins by seeing something that you believe you want. Are you struggling with temptation because you fail to realize that looking is the first step to sin? (1 Corinthians 15:21-22; Romans 16:19; John 16:13; Matthew 10:26-28; “Temptations & Tough Choices“; “Breaking the Hold of the World: Addiction and Distorted Behavior“)

“And flee from the lusts of youth, but pursue righteousness, belief, love, peace with those calling on the Master out of a clean heart. ” – 2 Timothy 2:22, ISR98

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“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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