By Tammy Skipper, Contributing Writer
I Corinthians 12:12-31 gives us a beautiful picture of the intricate design God has planned for believers who make up the body of Christ. We cannot accomplish or express the complete picture on our own. We are created for relationship with each other, with the ultimate purpose of glorifying our Creator.
I recently took a journey through Ephesians, resting after each verse to pen my thoughts and impressions. The souvenirs I collected were truly gems of knowledge and insight. But the greatest moment was when I realized our marriage relationship is directly tied to the design God put in place for the entire church.
“For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.” ~ Ephesians 5:30-31
Be careful to read the words since they may be very familiar, you might miss it…
“we are members of his body”
we can only be part of one body – his (Christ)
“for this cause…they shall be one flesh”
because of the fact we are one in Christ, we become one in marriage
When we ask…
- What does it look like to have a Biblical Marriage?
- How do we glorify God in our marriage?
- Why should I sacrifice my independence?
The marriage handbook in Ephesians 5 says…
- Submit to one another in godly fear.
- Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church.
- Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
Are we caught up in one word so much that we cannot see the big picture? Our marriage is blessed when we follow the same design God laid out for the entire body of believers.
“those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts
that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor.” ~ I Cor 12:22-23
“there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other” ~I Cor 12:25
“But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be” ~ I Cor 12:18
What do you do daily to bring unity in your marriage?