Friday, August 31, 2018

Can a Christian Marry a Non-Christian [Part 3] With Bishop Nelson Nzvimbo

“It feels so right, so right. How can it be wrong?” Genesis 2: Marriage is a partnership in doing God’s work.

Genesis 2 fleshes this out more. Genesis 2:15–17 shows how Adam is prophet, priest, king in the garden kingdom where God has put him to rule within the constraints of God’s ultimate kingship (symbolized by the two trees: blessing and life for living under his rule; curse and death for refusing his rule). 

The rest of the chapter details how Adam is incapable of fulfilling his calling to be prophet, priest, king alone. He needs a suitable helper in order to do that, so Eve is provided so that together they will fulfill God’s calling to bring glory to his name under his rule.

Therefore, marriage is a partnership. “It is not good for man to be alone” isn’t true primarily because man is lonely: It’s true because he’s incompetent, even before the Fall.

God did not create man alone to be competent to fulfill his calling to image God. He created man and woman in relationship to do that. Single men and women can do that also, particularly in relationship to the church under the love of Christ, the fulfillment of marriage.
Can a Christian Marry a Non-Christian [Part 3] With Bishop Nelson Nzvimbo
So, in a Christian marriage, marriage is a partnership in the gospel. Conversely, marrying a non-Christian necessarily makes marriage a partnership in something else.

Why would a Christian choose to enter such a partnership?

Genesis 3: Marriage is harmed by sin. Genesis 3 shows how us how marriage gets messed up by sin. Adam and Eve go from naked and unashamed to hiding from one another.

In the curse, God pronounces how marriage post-Fall is a battle of one sinful will against another:

Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you. (Gen. 3:16)

This means all marriages are hard. But in a Christian marriage, spouses have the opportunity to call one another to submit one’s sinful wills to God’s perfect will. When marrying a non-Christian, you lose out on the blessing of having a spouse who calls you to submit your will to Christ, and instead have a spouse who has no interest in being called to submit their own will to Christ.

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