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You Have to be Perfect: An Excerpt from my Book on Marriage

Apr 29, 2019

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So I have to ask anyone a single question: Who do you want there to protect those innocent people? Many would answer – I want men with guns there. I’d like to say the same thing too. However, men with guns will go away. Men with guns will miss. Men with guns will not show up for work. Not only that, but after the tribal genocide, the “innocent” victims got their hands on some guns, and they went right ahead and slaughtered innocent people themselves. That’s what men with guns will do. So to put guns in the gap there is a very temporary solution.

What we want in the gap is something else. We want someone to stand there who will change the very hearts of the murderers. We want someone who will restore the victims as well, not just to bring them peace, but to bring them a peace that does not willingly get vengeful or retaliate against hatred with more hatred. To know their value and to live their lives for the good. To not respond to their pain with cruelty or with turning to drunkenness or drugs. We want the heart of man to be changed. The only person to stand in the gap, on that dark night, when evil prowls freely among the unprotected is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ makes the soul new. He restores the nature. Man does not murderously cut down his historical enemies or tribal enemies. Man feeds the hungry. He helps the weak.  He knows joy even in suffering. Jesus said – if I am lifted up, I will draw all men to me. (John 12:32) That lifting up is in the cross. Up above the earth. As Jesus paid our price for sin, He also perfected human nature and walked every step of His earthly life for God. Christ said – blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6) – and He hungered for God with every breath of His life. THAT is what human nature can do. That is what the image of God does. Which you and I have, and which needs to be restored. You cannot do that with human ethics or effort. It takes coming over to His side. Joining forces. Placing your trust in Him as King and submitting to His rule. He is the Lord of glory, and we have to come to Him. There is simply nowhere else to go.

You see, you have to be perfect. To come into God’s eternal kingdom you have to be perfect. God is true love. He is goodness and truth eternally. He will reject anything evil from His kingdom. Are you without corruption? In the Torah God says – ‘You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy. (Leviticus 19:2) Jesus likewise called men to have the character God:

 

“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you… “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:44-48)

 

The only perfect man we have is the one who gave His life on the cross. Who was without stain and deserved no condemnation, yet He took condemnation for our sake. While we were still sinners, He died for us.

But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:5-6

 

In dying for our sake Jesus Christ also gave the example of perfect love, and gave us the power to live in love as His children. He gave us supernatural grace to be his disciples, his students if you will, the ambassadors of His kingdom:

 

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

1 John 4:9-11

 

That is the perfection we inherit when we accept Christ. It is HIS perfect work, and the character that led Him to sacrifice for all humanity. To walk in truth. To proclaim the good news in a world that rejected and hated Him. In doing that He was received into heaven, without a stain or blemish on Him. You and I cannot do that. Yet we can receive Jesus into our souls, not a mere covering for our sin, but perfection. That is what He came down from eternity to do. He defeated the devil and set us free.

Remember this when you read that the man and the wife in marriage represent Christ and His chosen people. Remember that when you think of the wedding. There is a man saying “I do” to lifting his bride up from anything common or wicked and protecting her from the devil; protecting her from impurity and from being simply one of the crowd. There is a people saying “I do” to receiving the protection, and sacrifice and guidance of a redeemer, one who lives and speaks and walks the truth. There is an “I do” to mankind being lifted up from the mire of the relentless violence and fornication, the pursuit of money, vanity and fame that characterizes the mass of our flesh. Behind both the man and wife, I see a great crowd of people, not just the extended families being joined through their marriage, but all of humanity, which will be blessed by the power of their union, and which follows with unions of their own.

You shall no longer be termed Forsaken,
Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate…For as a young man marries a virgin,
So shall your sons marry you
. (Isaiah 62:4-5)

There is an incredible power in that. A power as the supernatural redemption of humanity touches on the physical realm. The world just sees two people making a pact so they can copulate together, in a culturally accepted ritual that comes with benefits. God sees two redeemed souls becoming one. The Christian sees Christ and the Church. The world says that evolution lifts humanity up and makes us better. But evolution doesn’t do that. God does. God lifts us up, and He makes us whole. He makes us one. One with Him. With each other. With our beloved. Just as the glorious redemption of the world, the marriage of man and wife brings peace.

 

 

The above is the final section of the Gospel presentation from my book Get Married and Save the World.

The book is available at Xulon Press right here: https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781 545659052&HC_ISBN=

 

You can also find it for sale at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I ask you to use Xulon Press though, since it is a Christian business.

 

Bless you