Emerald Christian Fellowship
Desire for Christian marriage
Mature young adults will desire to be joined in Christian marriage. The Lord explained that marriage is part of His Covenant and is designed to serve His purpose of bringing forth many sons. Malachi recorded, ‘Did He not make them one, having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring [seed].’ Jesus explained that this has been God’s intention since the beginning, saying, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’.
A covenant home will be established when two individuals, who are disciples, desire to be joined in one spirit in Christian marriage. Their desire for marriage signals their maturing awareness of the privilege of participating in a further aspect of the Everlasting Covenant. Their motivation to be joined in one spirit reflects their understanding of how godly seed will be brought forth.
This motivation will be culturally aligned to the sanctification of one person in relation to the other. The ‘will of God’ is described as ‘your sanctification’. A maturing young adult will demonstrate personal stewardship concerning their sanctification. This will include such things as the knowledge of who they are in the Lord, submission to the lordship of Christ, a capacity to steward their own life and resources, reliability and growing maturity in all matters of offering, personal devotion to the Lord, and love of the brethren.
For a man, such areas become a proving ground for his emerging headship. How he oversees and orders his life will demonstrate his readiness for marriage. For a man and a woman, a shortfall in such areas will help to highlight where they need to find the regenerating power of the word of God in their lives.