Marriage: the Profound Mystery
 
STUDY 1
In the Beginning
STUDY 2
Paradise Lost
STUDY 3
God's Covenant Love
STUDY 4
Greatest Love Song
STUDY 5
Bridegroom arrives
STUDY 6
Profound Mystery
STUDY 7
Marriage of the Lamb

STUDY 7: MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB

Study 7: Marriage of the Lamb

Marriage – The Profound Mystery

 

A seven-part biblical study on marriage from the Assembly of Confessing Congregations Discipleship and Evangelism Commission

Watch the Video below and then either in a group or as an individual reflect on the questions below. 

Study 7 - The Marriage of the Lamb and His Bride

(Marriage and the Consummation of All Things)

 

1) That God would dwell forever with his people is the fulfilment of the Old Testament promises, “I will be their God and they will be my people” and “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you”.

 

How comforting is it to know that God will not forget these promises?

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2) The ‘profound mystery’ of marriage is far more than just a man and a woman entering into marriage.

 

Paul is talking about the marriage between Christ and the church. And in reality the marriage between a man and a woman is a reflection of this true covenant relationship.

 

Why should we look to ‘the marriage’ and not human marriage as the true standard?

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3) Jonathan Edwards said,

 

“The sum of God’s purposes with respect to creatures, was to procure a spouse, or a mystical body, for His Son... and in keeping with His design to procure a bride for His only Son, God chose some of our fallen race to be reunited with Him through the Son, not only selecting them individually, but also electing them corporately—as a singular bride for Christ—so that, in Christ, a holy remnant would remain in the family of God and would participate in the extension of God’s glory in the world.” (Miscellanies, 1245).

 

How does it change our view of God and history if we see this to be true?

 

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4) God cannot and will not allow sin to remain and therefore in Eze 16:59-63, He brings judgement on his beloved bride through the hands of other nations.

 

But throughout this judgement - God does not forget his promise. It stands firm; He will never leave nor forsake his people; his beloved. However God cannot allow this sin and adultery to go unpunished. And so atonement must be made for it.

 

What does this mean about the importance of the atonement Jesus made on the cross?

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5) The bride is washed and purified and made ready for the great wedding.

 

The Rescuer or Saviour is the Bridegroom and He prepares his bride for a perfect marriage. He rescues his betrothed by making atonement for her sins.

 

What does it mean to be saved?

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6) Picture the scene of the princess imprisoned in the tower and guarded by the dragon. She is rescued by the knight in shining armour who slays the dragon and saves her from certain death. This scenario is embedded deep in the human heart. This is because it is of the essence of all that God is doing in history. History is ‘his story’ but it is our story too!

 

Think on this love story of our great God who has rescued us from the power of death and brought us to the marriage as a perfect bride for his beloved Son! Is there any better story?

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ISBN 978-0-9923155-0-4 Assembly of Confessing Congregations Inc. ABN 73 794 518 715 ARBN 128 001 785; Incorporated in NSW INC9887628 Liability of Members is Limited www.confessingcongregations.com The videos are also available on Youtube. 

REV PETER CHAPMAN

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