Is marriage on the way out, is the institution of the home, with its family life, to disappear from society? How and when did the institution of marriage originate? Does it, after all, serve any necessary purpose? Lets take an in-depth new look at the institutions of marriage, the home, and family life and reveal a startling, shocking truth which has been overlooked by science, by religion, by education, and by society!
Some psychologists, taking a new look at the institution of marriage, are voicing shocking predictions for the near future.In their professional eyes, the trend toward obsolescence of the marriage custom has already started, and is gaining momentum! But marriages are not only breaking down all around us; the usefulness and desirability of the custom is being seriously questioned!
But does marriage, after all, serve any necessary purpose? Too many that may sound like a foolish question. We take marriage for granted. Children growing up in a normal home with parents, brothers, sisters, — other children in similar families in homes all around them — assume naturally that they will be married. No one fifty years ago, would ever have thought of questioning marriage as an institution. No one, then, would have asked whether or not marriage was desirable for society.Return to Chapters
CHAPTER 1: Why Marriage, After All?
How did the institution of marriage originate? Strange as it may seem,the“authorities,”the psychologists, the sociologists, the doctors, the scientists, educators do not know! These “authorities” accepts the theory of evolution.
It’s worth thinking about! If man appeared by the evolutionary process, gradually descending through millions of years from some lower-than-human animal species, similar or ancestor to the anthropoid ape, how and when was the custom of marriage started? And why?
Animals are male and female. Mammals reproduce their kind, in the same manner as do humans. But animals do not marry. If man is merely the highest of the animals, at what stage of evolutionary development did the near-human or the human “animal” adopt the institution of marriage? And why? None of the “other” animals has done so! If moral codes were not first given to mankind by a higher authority, when, why, and how did man devise them?
The “Christian Authority” Questioned
On the other hand, the Christian world has believed in a creation by a Creator. So we still have a situation which needs to be seriously questioned! If we are to accept traditional Christianity as the custodian of moral codes, we still must ask: Why marriage? The psychologists are asking: Does traditional Christianity have the answer?
Certain churches have taught the unmarried state of celibacy is a higher state than marriage. And they have taught that the only purpose of sex is reproduction. We need to think about that! If procreation is the only purpose of sex — if sex has no rightful use in marriage except to bear children — and if the unmarried state is higher than married life, since marriage is not necessary for reproduction, must we not conclude that marriage is not desirable?
Is there any right reason why humans should marry, while animals who also bear their young do not? There is, indeed! But not many seem to comprehend it. The real answer has been overlooked by traditional Christianity as much as by the followers of the evolutionary theory.
Ever See a Calf Born?
As soon as it is born, the baby calf begins to stagger to its feet, while the cow stands waiting. She does not need to care for her young, teach it to eat, or to walk. The newborn calf may be a little wobbly in the legs at first. It may fall back down a time or two. But in a few minutes it is up on all fours and starting to walk. No one need teach it or show it the way. It knows where to find its “dinner.”How does it know? Well, animals come equipped with built-in instinct. They do not need to learn, or be taught. They do not reason out a decision and act on a judgment. Instinct guides automatically.
With the newborn human all this is different. The purely reproductive process is the same. But, as stated above, beyond this the differences between animal and human are colossal. How long does it take a human infant to learn to walk? Usually about a year –often longer. A tiny baby is utterly helpless. It has no instinct, in the strict sense of the word. It must be cared for. It must be taught. It needs parents to care for it, protect it, teach it, and give it love.
It matures so very much more slowly than animals. Yet its potential is infinitely higher. Instead of mere animal brain with built-in automatic instinct, the human baby has a mind. At birth there is, as yet, no knowledge in the mind. But it has the capacity to absorb knowledge and then to reason, to imagine, to think creatively, to plan and design, to formulate judgments, to make decisions, to exercise will and self-discipline. It can appreciate music, literature, art, and, more important, to develop a sense of moral and spiritual values; to develop even righteous character.
The only purpose of sex in animals is reproduction. But, in humans, reproduction is not the only purpose of sex, as we shall see! For the higher purpose of human life, the newborn baby needs parental care, teaching, guidance, love — and the experience of home and family life.
If humans had evolved from lower animal species, brought about without purpose or design devoid of intelligence — if there had been no planned design by an all-intelligent Creator — no purpose for which humans were put on earth — then, we should wonder: “Why marriage? The believer in godless evolution can see no higher purpose in the birth of a baby than in that of a calf or a kitten. He can see only that the human infant is further advanced in supposed evolutionary development. But with no higher potential.
But let’s face it. Let’s be honest with the question. Isn’t it a bit irrational that science has never proved the theory of evolution, yet believes it as a faith? And, further, that science has never disproved the existence of the all-intelligent Personal Being whose existence is proved and provable? And yet, with few exceptions, scientists refuse even to consider the possibility.
One writer explained that it is a matter of the reluctance of scientists to accept the existence of God. But it is not mere reluctance. It is psychological rebellion which refuses to accept the fact of the existence of God. This is written for those who are willing to consider! And what follows for you to consider may be so NEW to you as to seem incredible.
Compare the evolutionary approach. Consider what one claiming to be God reveals! And you judge whether this makes more sense than the only possible explanation founded on the evolutionary approach. Judge whether it gives more rational and inspiring MEANING to life. Balance it against the hopeless lack of meaning, purpose, for human existence offered by the evolutionary theory.
See what the One quoted in the world’s best-selling book, the Bible, calling Himself God the Creator reveals about Himself, about the reason for human existence, for sex, and for the institution of marriage.
You are not going to read the traditional superstitions rejected by science and labeled by scientists “fundamentalism.” What follows is not a new “theory,” or interpretation, or human-devised idea. It is merely what the Book plainly says, without interpretation. It is only what has been written there through the centuries — yet expect to be surprised, shocked, to read what both “science” and “religion” have glossed over! Return to Chapters
Who is this speaking? The prophet Isaiah wrote it — but he quotes the speaker who claims to be God! “I am the Eternal, and there is none else, there is no God beside me,” says the One quoted. Isa. 45:5. Further: “This says the Eternal, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command me. I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.” verses 11-12.
Still further: “For this says the Eternal that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it … I am the Eternal; and there is none else … who has declared this from ancient time? Who has told it from that time? Have not I the Eternal? And there is no God else beside me … I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that unto me every knee shall bow … verses 18-23.
This One claiming to be God gives proof that He is God. That proof? Ability to FORE- tell what shall happen — with power to bring it to pass.
The One quoted claims to be God: “To whom will you liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like? ….Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure … I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it” Isa. 46:5, 9-11.
How important are God-rejecting scientists, compared to the God they refuse to acknowledge? “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance (weighing scales): …. All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity. To whom then will you liken God?.”Isa.40:15-18. So now, let us consider what this One claiming to be God reveals.
Man — Evolved, or Created?
In the very first chapter of the Bible, the One quoted as our Maker reveals the overwhelming difference between animal and human reproduction. Animals ect."… after their kind…” Gen. 1:21-25.
Now what about man? Continue the quote: “And God said, Let us make man in OUR IMAGE, after OUR LIKENESS … So God created man in his own image.”verses 26-27. This refutes the theory that man is the highest of the animals, evolving from lower mammals. It says God created man, after the God kind. Whatever God is like, He made man like Him — same form and shape. In His likeness — after His kind!
So this says God made cattle after the cattle kind, and He made man after the God kind! In a way almost none has understood in our deceived world today, this revelation affirms God is reproducing after His kind! And that is startling! Yet it is affirmed all through the Bible, both in Old and New Testaments! This says man was formed in the likeness of God. And what is God like? Many scriptures reveal what God says He is like. We need not guess, imagine, or create god’s in our own image.
It is revealed that God has hands in dozens of scriptures, starting with Exodus 9:3; Job 1:11, etc., He has fingers (Exodus 31:18). It is plainly stated in the Bible that God has arms, legs, feet, two eyes, a nose, a mouth, a voice, and two ears; in a word, God is formed and shaped like humans. God has mind, which can think creatively, design, plan, and reason. So does man, even though imperfect. Animals have mere animal brain with automatic instinct, but incapable of the thought, wisdom, judgment, and sense of responsibility or self-restraint of the human MIND.
So man was framed and shaped to look like God in His likeness. But God is a spirit (John 4:24 ). He is composed of spirit, but He formed man out of matter:“And the Eternal God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” Gen. 2:7.
Man does not have a soul — man is a soul, made of matter from the ground and can die (Ezek. 18:4, 20) regardless of Satan’s lies (Gen. 3:4) which a deceived “traditional Christianity” has borrowed from the pagan religions. Genesis 2:7 is also mentioned in I Corinthians 15:45.
So, God is described as composed of Spirit, yet formed and shaped as He formed and shaped humans, who are composed of matter, but who, by a resurrection, may be later composed of spirit, even as God. Better read that again. The resurrection, the ability to live forever-is given man in the New Testament. So what do we have so far?
God, composed of spirit, created fish, birds, animals, each after its own kind. But God created man after the God kind. There is much more yet to be explained about that, but this much is so far affirmed: Man is not an animal!
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Did you notice, “And God said, Let US …”? Not “Let me!” “Let us, make man in our image, after our likeness.”Why the “us,” the “our”’? Why the plural form? Go to the very beginning. The first words in all the Bible are: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen.1:1).
Those words are in the English language. But God inspired Moses to write them, originally in the Hebrew language. The English word “God” is translated from the Hebrew Elohim. And Elohim is a noun implying more than one in unity. It can be collective in the same manner that the words “family” or “church” are collective.
The human body is one body, but has many members two arms, two legs, ten fingers, ten toes, two eyes, two ears, one nose. God compares the one Church to the human body: “For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…” the Church. I Cor. 12:12-13.
Elohim is not two Gods, or three Gods, or many Gods — Elohim is ONE God, but composed of more than one Person- Elohim is a family! Have you not thought of God as a Person — a single Personage? The one God family — has a Head. He is the One we call the Father. His name is God. Jesus called Him “Father.” Jesus was His Son. And Jesus, by a resurrection from the dead, is His Son Rom. 1:4, and Jesus also is God. John 1:1; Heb. 1:2. Notice how plainly this is revealed.
Jesus Born God’s Son!
Jesus was born of a human mother, made human, just as you and I. Even though He was not of a human father — yet He was a human man who could die. The very fact that He was begotten by God and conceived by a human woman proves that humans are after the God kind, not some animal kind.
But after having been born once, human, Jesus died. Then, by a resurrection, He was born a second time. And this time, He was “declared to be a Son of God.”in a resurrection! And this is what the Bible means by salvation, in regard to the human family in general. For we, too, may be born again —only by a resurrection or by being changed to spirit. And Elohim said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” Gen.1:26, so that we humans, also, as Jesus was may be born into the family of God.
Jesus Born Again!
Jesus was born once as a human being, a descendant of David, —who could die. But Jesus also was begotten through God’s Spirit, even from the moment of human birth, to be born again, this time made the Son of God resurrected from the dead. Rom. 1:4.
As God, since His resurrection was the first born of MANY brethren! “Rom. 8:29. This being the “first born” cannot apply to His human birth. He did not die to pay the penalty of His law breaking — since there was none. He died to pay our penalty! “Firstborn,” not as a human, but as God “by the resurrection.”
We are like animals only in that we are composed of matter, with the temporary existence from breathing air, the circulation of blood, and being required to eat food and drink water. We were born once with this temporary physical existence. And then we shall be, as Jesus now is — composed of Spirit. The purpose of human life is to enter into the Kingdom of God — the God family!
What Is the Kingdom of God?
Let’s understand the origin, meaning, and purpose of marriage. Jesus was born once of a human mother. He died, but He was resurrected from the dead, into the God family, as a Son of God with power. Rom. 1:4.
What about us, we who are human? Jesus taught that we, also, may be born into the God family, which is the Kingdom of God. The God family is also the God Kingdom.
One of the kingdoms in the world today is the Turkish nation.The Turkish people are in part descendants of Esau twin brother of Jacob, grown into a nation a kingdom. Elohim is the God family. But “In the beginning Elohim created …” Gen. 1:1. The God family is the Creator family. And God rules over His creation. God’s throne in heaven- Rev. 3:21; Isa. 66:1-is the seat of the government of the universe.
So the God family is the universe-ruling family which rules, which governs, which is a government — and is also a Kingdom, the highest Kingdom. When Jesus came teaching about the Kingdom of God, He was talking about the family of God, and how WE humans, through Him, may enter into it!
Jesus taught: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3. God IS that Kingdom. God is composed of spirit. John 4:24. Humans cannot see spirit. We cannot see God human eyes cannot see that Kingdom.
Begotten — Then Born
But notice further: “… Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. ” John 3:5. Now Jesus is saying we may when born a second time actually enter into the God Kingdom. Next, verses 6-8, Jesus explains that when we were born, we were born material flesh. But when born again, next time born Spirit. We shall then be spirit, even as God is spirit – no longer flesh and blood.
But next time, we must receive God’s Spirit before we can be born of God. It is simple. It is very plain in the Bible. It is astonishing that almost no one understands it.
On the annual day of Pentecost (Old Testament, Feast of First fruits and Feast of Weeks) following Jesus’ resurrection and return to God’s throne, Peter gave the instruction: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts2:38.
Then God’s own Spirit, proceeding from the Father, is received into your mind, to dwell in you. “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead (when Jesus was born again into the God family) dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken -give you a body made of Spirit- your bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.” Rom 8: 11.
If you are begotten by the Father of the God family and His Spirit dwells in you, then you too, at the time of resurrection, shall be born into the God family, even as Jesus was. You will no longer be human, no longer composed of human flesh. You shall then be spirit, even as God is spirit.
Now, Sons of God
Having received the gift of God’s Spirit you are, already, though still human, a child of God. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Rom. 8:14. “For … you have received the Spirit of Sonship [margin]. The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.” verses 15-17.
Again: “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be” — that is, what we SHALL be, in the resurrection, does not yet appear — not yet visible “but … we shall be like him” — like Jesus now is. I John 3:1-2. He now is spirit.
God inspired Paul to say that while we still are human — we cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. Jesus said, now, we have been “born of the flesh” and therefore we now are flesh! But when born again — born of the Spirit (God), we shall be spirit — no longer flesh! This says plainly that no one has as yet been “born again” while still human. But we may be ‘born again’ when we inherit the Kingdom — enter into the world ruling Family of God. So no one is born again while still human.
No, but flesh and blood humans may be begotten as God’s children — and we become now His Heirs. Gal.3:29; Rom. 8:14-17. Only heirs, now, but inheritors when we become spirit beings! When we enter into God’s family. In I Corinthians 15 verses 51-54. It is by a resurrection, or instantaneous change from mortal to immortal; from material flesh to spirit; that we may inherit the Kingdom of God — enter into — be born into God’s family!
Origin of Marriage
What a wonderful truth! Why should the world — even its religions and its professing Christian churches be blinded to it? The Bible is full of it! It is the message of Jesus Christ, of Peter — of Paul! Now what does all this have to do with the institution of marriage? It has everything to do with it! It is the very reason for the institution of marriage.
Were it not for the very fact that we were created in God’s likeness, with the very purpose of being born into God’s own family — the marriage institution — giving us the experience of family life — would never have been ordained. If we were mere animals, developed by evolution, marriage would never have existed.
Humans never did think out, devise, or institute the relationship of marriage, with family and home life. Marriage was ordained by God — not by man. It is governed by the laws of God and man has no jurisdiction over it, in God’s eyes. God is a family! He gave to humans alone His kind of life — family life. God is a ruling, governing family and therefore God is a Kingdom. Jesus was the Son of God. He called the Personage who is head of that family “Father.” “Father” is a family title — that of its Head! A father and son relationship is a family relationship.
When we humans, now composed of flesh and blood, receive God’s Spirit, God’s life has been implanted in us and we call Him “Father.” We become His begotten children. It is a family relationship! We who are human then have implanted in us the “seed” of God’s own life. His Spirit in us changes us.
For professing Christians to claim they are “children of God” to call one another “brethren in the Lord” and to call God “Father,” and then to deny that God is a family, and that we may actually be born into His very family — becoming spirit as He is. To claim to be His children, to say we are already “born again,” and then believe that we shall always be some far lower kind of beings — far below either the Father or Christ! Return to Chapters
Just who is recognized by God as being a member of His Church? It is only those who are Christ’s that are heirs of God. Gal. 3:29. Gentile-born may become, through Christ, one of Abraham’s children, spiritually, and an heir. But who, then, are Christ’s? “But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Rom. 8:9. So only those who have God’s Spirit dwelling in them are in the Body of Christ, the true Church.
Again, “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body …” I Cor.12:13. What “body” is this speaking of? “Now you are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God has set some in the church, first apostles …” etc. verses 27-28. We are put into the Church of God by His Spirit entering into us. The true Church is that collective body of members, in each of whom is dwelling God’s Spirit.
In other words, the true Church is composed of those who have received God’s Spirit as children of God —heirs of God through Christ. They have entered the Church, but not yet the actual family or Kingdom of God. The Church of God shall, at Christ’s coming, become the Kingdom of God.
To Marry Christ
And something else will then happen. The Church is called in the New Testament the bride of Christ. Notice the comparison: “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church … that he might present it to himself a glorious church …” Eph. 5:23, 27. This reveals plainly that the husband-wife relationship is also that of Christ and the Church.
When will Christ present the Church to Himself? Jesus has already been born the Son of God by the resurrection. He is God, sustaining the entire universe by His power. Heb. 1:1-4. He is the first BORN of many brethren. Rom. 8:29. We who are begotten of God, now heirs of God, are to be glorified with Him (Rom. 8:17) our bodies changed, made like His body. Phil. 3:21.
He will present the Church to Himself when it has been changed from human to spirit. And when shall that be? At His coming as the King of kings, to re-establish the government of God over all nations. Rev.19:11-16. The God family in the God Kingdom will rule and govern all nations. That will occur at the time described in the prophecy of Revelation as “the last trump.” “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever…” Rev. 11:15.
Christ to Marry Again?
There was a typical marriage between Christ and the ancient congregation of Israel. The Old Covenant was a ‘marrage’ covenant. Jer. 3:14. But because of her adulteries He had divorced Israel. Jer.3:8. This was in accordance with the laws God gave Israel. Deut. 24:1, Ezek. 16:38. But marriage, especially as in the New Testament, is intended to be for life. The death of either party dissolves it. Israel, was the Old Testament Church. Acts 7:32.
But the true Israel of the New Testament are not unconverted natural-born Israelites by race, but through grace by Gods Spirit, as explained in Ephesians 2:11-22 and Romans 11. The Apostle Paul said to the Gentile-born Christians of Galatia: “And if you be Christ’s, then are you [you Gentile-born Christians] Abraham’s seed, Israel, and heirs according to the promise.”Gal. 3:29. It has been made plain (Romans 8:9) that only those who have received God Spirit are Christ’s. They are Israelites by grace, not by race!
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To Gentile-born Ephesians, Paul wrote – Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the ‘saints’, and of the household of God (family relationship).” Eph. 2:11-13, 19. Romans 11 shows plainly that spiritually“ Israel "today means the Church — regardless of whether Israelite or Gentile-born.
The Old Testament “marriage” ended in divorce. Jer. 3:8.Later Christ came to earth and died for the sins of humanity. But He was born again, by the resurrection, as very God the first so born of many brethren! And when they— these “brethren,” these Christians who now form, spiritually, the true Israel of the New Testament — having been perfected (Eph. 4:12-13), are resurrected at the time of Christ’s return and also born into God’s Family — are presented to Him, they shall be marrying Him!
Entering the Kingdom of God
The changed, converted Church of God shall then become the Kingdom of God. It shall enter into, be born into the Kingdom. The Father is the Head. Christ is His Son. The Church is then to be changed to spirit, to become Christ’s wife and also children of God in the family of God. It is a family relationship! Jesus gave a further picture of this marriage in the parable of Matthew 25: “Then shall the kingdom of heaven… Mark, Luke and John all use the expression “ Kingdom of God.
It is not a kingdom in God, or in heaven, any more than the bank called “Bank of Morgan” is a bank inside of Mr. Morgan. The word “of” denotes ownership. Morgan owned the bank. God owns and rules the Kingdom. It is a kingdom ruled from heaven.
Likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went to meet the bridegroom…. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go out to meet him.”This pictures Christ’s coming and His Church rising to meet Him in the air. “… And they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.” verses 1, 6, 10. The marriage of the Church to Christ is referred to also in Matthew 22:2, where the Father pictured as a King making a marriage for His son.
Children to Be Born
Why this divine marriage within the very family or Kingdom of God? First, this gives us additional positive evidence that the Kingdom of God is a family with Father, Son, and His wife. Those in the true Church of God, are already now children of God, not yet born, who call Him Father. But, then these children of God will be born of God, still His children just as Christ is still His Son but also then we collectively shall be Christ’s wife.
Then many children will be Spirit — it will greatly enlarge the God family which is the Kingdom of God. During the thousand years beginning from the time of that marriage, God, through Christ and His wife, will set Himself to save the world!
Few grasp and understand this wonderful truth. This is not the time when God has set out to save the whole world, as the god of this world, Satan, has deceived the “Christian” world into assuming. Satan is very active today. Christ is not striving to compete with Satan, as nearly all professing Christians assume.
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God has marked out a duration of 7,000 years for His master plan, working out His purpose here in earth. The first 6,000 years, God is, primarily, keeping “hands off,” except for certain limited intervention. God did call His prophets. He raised up His Church to be His instrument in fulfilling a certain definite mission in the world.
Mainly, God has not interfered in this world’s affairs or in individual lives. This world is Satan’s world and God has allowed it. God made humans to be free moral agents. He set in motion His law, which if obeyed causes peace, blessings, abundance; but when disobeyed, causes curses. Each must make his own choice — either positively or by neglect. God has made His truth available! But He has not “crammed it down our throats.”
Jesus came and was subjected to the supreme test, tempted by Satan. By obeying God under most severe test, He qualified to displace Satan as ruler over the earth. But Jesus did not, then, take over that rule. He was not, then, inducted into office. Satan has been allowed, by God, to continue deceiving this world.
Most have been taught that for 1900-plus years God has been entering into frantic competition with Satan. They think God has been desperately trying to “get everyone saved.” Satan has been in all cunning, resisting God and trying to “get everyone lost.” And this, they believe, is the only “day of Salvation.” If this were true, Satan would be proving much more powerful than God. Satan has the overwhelming majority “unsaved.” This pictures Satan as victor over God.
This is not the only “day of salvation.” The expression in II Corinthians 6:2, quoted from Isaiah 49:8, should read “a” day of salvation. Jesus said plainly: “No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:44.
Again: “… No man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.”John 6:65. But, when Christ returns to this earth, He is coming in all the awesome power of God! He is coming as King of kings to replace every government of man on earth, and set up world government — the government of God.
Christ Coming to Save
He is coming already crowned. He went to heaven to have the government over the whole earth conferred on Him by the Father — Ruler of the universe. One of the first things He will do is to depose Satan. Rev. 20:1-3. There will be no competition! Satan won’t be around to compete. Man shall have had his allotted 6,000 years to write the lesson of rebellion against the laws and government of God. Man has written that lesson, in human anguish and suffering, and in human blood. But man refuses to learn or heed the lesson.
But, with Satan out of the way, with Christ ruling, with His marriage to His Bride, those made Spirit, that marriage will produce millions upon millions of children. Christ, then, will set His hand to save the world! And that means to change the individual humans by this process, from human to spirit.
God the Father will then give His Spirit to all, Not all will respond. The parable of Matthew 25:31-33, 41-46 reveals plainly that God made us free moral agents. We must make our own decisions. But, none will then be deceived, as all nations are today. Rev.12:9; 20:3; 17:2; 18:3. All will then know the truth. Isa. 11:9. All will be called, drawn by God’s Spirit.
All will be living in a world ruled by Christ! And under His government, the earth will soon be filled with happiness and abundance. The illiterate will be educated. The miseducated will be reeducated in truth. The slums will be replaced with beautiful, inspiring living quarters.
All the world will know the terrible, unhappy results of 6,000 years of man’s way, under Satan’s rule, the way of rebellion against God’s laws. All the world will see the beauty, the prosperity, the invigorating health and happiness resulting from the enforced government of God’s laws. All will know they may have God’s gift to live forever. Yes, even then, some will still rebel. Still reject God’s way. But most will qualify to live forever. But how will this marriage produce children?
Christ’s Marriage to Produce Children!
Those who are called, now, during this time, and who do repent and follow God’s Spirit, and do overcome, not only will be in the marriage to Christ —they are to rule with Him (Rev. 2:26-27; 3:21; 1 Cor. 6:2-3), and they shall be priests as well as kings. Rev. 5:10; 20:6. Those humans left alive on earth will be ruled by Christ and by them. The humans will be taught and ruled by those made Spirit. Those who repent, will then receive God’s Spirit. And they shall inherit the Kingdom of God.
After His return as King over all nations, Christ shall say to the converted: “inherit the kingdom…”Matt. 25:31-34.They shall be born into the family of God. The marriage of the Church to Christ will result in the birth of spiritual children who, during the thousand-year reign with Christ, are made Spirit — and in all probability, untold millions of them. Read it also in Isaiah 11:10-1:3 and Romans 11:25-26, and many other scriptures.Return to Chapters
Finally, Incredible as it may sound to those deceived by the god of this world and his false ministers, God is a family! God is the Creator family, who rules His creation. Therefore God also is a Kingdom! And in man, God is reproducing His kind. Gen.1:26. Marriage and family life is a God-plane relationship. Man’s potential, the purpose for human life on this earth is to be born into the Family of God!
Down through history, the philosophers, the great minds, the priests cut off from God — have sought in vain to reason out in their minds some meaning to human life — some purpose for our being. The true answer has been there all along in God’s written Word.
None has been given this God-plane relationship of marriage and family life, except humans who are potential heirs of the God family.
God is more than one Person. There is only the one God but that God is a family of more than one Person having the Father at its Head, Jesus Christ as His Son, those converted up to the time of Christ’s coming as Christ’s wife, and those converted and changed to spirit afterward, during the Millennium, as the divine children of that union.
Man’s potential is to enter God Family life! Marriage is of God! Marriage is for man as well as for God because man was made in God’s likeness, to bear His divine image! Marriage is a most sacred blessing and (apart from the clearly defined biblical standards) it’s dissolution is a capital sin, eternal death! Unless each repent and is forgiven by God.
Marriage was given mankind to prepare us to live forever in the Family of God! Two of the Ten Commandments of God’s basic spiritual law directly and specifically protects the sacred marriage state. There can be no more wonderful physical blessing in this human life than a happy marriage, based on true love, honor, integrity and faithfulness — especially when there are growing children to love, care for, teach, and rear in the knowledge of this truth.
Can you grasp this colossal truth? The greatest, most precious and valuable truth you can ever know. Man and only man of all life forms in existence, can be born into the God family which is the Kingdom of God. This was the Good News (gospel) of Jesus Christ.
The family relationship is a God-plane relationship. God gave it solely to mankind. Of all life forms we alone were created for marriage! For enjoying a home and a family relationship! And man’s potential, the very purpose of human lifeis to be born into the God Family. We may enjoy that marriage and family lifein happiness forever! Think of that and give God thanks!
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