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­­­­DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE – Part 4

Marriage is God’s amazing design and reflects the heavenly fellowship of Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. In His eyes, marriage is intended for life, not to be ended by human will.

Marriage is essential for the well-being of all peoples, the stability of societies and the guarantee of generations to come.

To God, marriage is so important, that He is more than willing to work in us by His amazing grace and power to sustain marriages and restore broken relationships. God loves us and wants us to be clean, to determine to make righteousness work. He is for us and “if God be for us who can be against us?” Romans 8.

Yes. If there has been adultery, the marriage covenant has been destroyed. It is done. Against God’s design. That cannot be changed by anyone. Divorce follows—a formality that follows something that has already passed away—a covenant now broken by adultery, by cruelty or by physical or virtual desertion of the unbeliever.

Adultery, fornication and divorce are things we humans, Christians and non-Christians alike, can do that cannot be undone by us or by anyone on earth.

Consider the religious, God-fearing people gathered in Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost and hearing Peter’s powerful address. They were ‘cut to the heart’ by his words, stricken by the sudden realisation they were implicated in the murder of their Messiah, God’s Messiah! How awful! How could such an evil be committed?  What could be done now? How could such a deed ever be forgotten, forgiven? Surely this must be the unforgivable sin—to kill God’s beloved Son!

They cried out in utter despair What shall we do?

Peter boldly and without hesitation simply answered “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  ” And they did. A new world community began (Acts 2:38-42).

It doesn’t matter what we have done, when we turn to God, totally changing our minds and hearts and actions regarding our wrongdoing, unable to blot out any past, powerless to cover up anything before the eyes of the Living God who made everything and from whom no secrets are hidden—we are then cleansed, washed, forgiven, made new, given righteousness as a free gift! We go, determined to sin no more. That is repentance. Real repentance brings forth fruit.

So when we see we have done wrong before God, we likewise must completely change our thinking and will and desire only to please Him. And we receive His peace, His justification. Such wrongs—cruelty, rejection, hatred, adultery, divorce, lust, rebellion, independence,  are now in the past, and we move on in newness of life, walking in the light of His word and in the empowering of the Holy Spirit.

There is only one totally unforgivable sin and it is not divorce, adultery or fornication! (Matthew 12:31-32)

Believers are never told by God that they have to do something to make up for their sin. On the contrary God blots out our iniquities (Acts 3:19) and he remembers them no more (Heb 10:17). We are reconciled by the death of His son (Heb 2:17, 2 Cor 5:16-21).  There is nothing we can do to change the situation except to love Him!

Jesus “offered for all time one sacrifice for sins . . . . . . For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy” (Heb 10:12-14).

God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!  For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! (Romans 5:8-10)

NOT EVERYONE!

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Mat 7:21—23

Countless things have been done and are still done in Jesus’ name. Some things were the most devilish and evil actions ever done. Think of the witch-hunts, inquisitions, religious wars, forced “conversions”—I think you understand. (Thank God we do not have to defend Christianity). Then there are the dreadful mistakes men have made with guilt-laden teaching, false prophecies, disunity, and the like. (Thank God we do not have to defend the Church).

Let us listen to Jesus!

First, not everyone who says Lord, Lord. NOT EVERYONE. Not even those who do supernatural acts in his name. Not even those who perform miracles in his name.

These maybe include well-meaning people. They decide what are the right things to do—they prophesy, work miracles, drive out demons. Or maybe they decide to build mega-churches or mini-churches. Perhaps they decide to be missionaries, or simply help people. Perhaps they decide to be pastors or evangelists, to conduct services, to preach. They decide. They do not ask Jesus. They do not hear Jesus. They think that prayer offered in the name of Jesus carries an automatic guarantee of acting in the will of God. “But I prayed about it!”

They act on their own volition as if that is OK. But apparently that is not OK. But in the Father’s eyes these are workers of lawlessness. The Kingdom of Heaven is counter-human thought.

Then who Lord? the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

The will of God has to be heard and acted upon. It cannot be assumed. It cannot be inherited from our mentors or leaders or fav authors. The will of God, his Jesus’ movement, his government, is done by the Father deciding what he will do and then showing us, the disciples of Jesus, what that is, so that we do it. It is a matter of obedience. That was the methodology of Jesus. That must be our way. Jesus.

Knowing Jesus? This is how we know Jesus : by hearing and obeying his Father, our Father. It is friendship with the Father and his Son. It is the fellowship of the Holy Spirit living within our mortal bodies who constantly draws our attention to Jesus.

Ignore this at your peril. Man, how serious this is! The Kingdom of God is counter intuitive. It is not as we are inclined to see things, to think. It is a wisdom from above, not from below.

Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your heart. Turn around.