The honor, glory and beauty God bestowed on a covenant relationship of one man and one woman is mysterious and glorious.
Mysterious because there is no way for us, in this side of heaven, to grasp the entire truth of God that is kept in the marriage relationship of one man and one woman.
Paul concluded his marriage teaching by saying: “This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.” (Ephesian 5:32)
I think after he exposed on the truth of God around marriage between one man and one woman, I think he was overwhelmed and he concluded his message by saying: the man (the husband) represents Christ and the woman (the wife) represents the church.
Wow! How can anybody see this truth and say, “Yeah! This is very easy to understand?” No one! It indeed is a profound mystery.
It is also glorious because, think about it. Me, the woman of one man, represents the Church, not the church we see today but, the Bride of the Lamb. Wow! What kind of glory is that! My two-pound brain cannot figure that out but I know this much: It indeed is glorious! And my kind and humble husband represents Jesus Christ in this dark and sinful world. I mean, just think about it for a second. This is NOT one of my nice ideas but God’s truth! (Read Ephesians 5)
And this is the question that made me write this post today: Why does a wife’s and a husband’s sexual intimacy should be hidden from others, done in secret? Why is not like, you know, how we shake hands and greet one another, why didn’t God make it something that can be done in public? Or, did this “keeping it hidden” idea come from man?
Hmm! This question has been lingering in my mind for a long time now and this is what I so far come into:
Animals do sex anywhere, because, duh, they are animals, not created in the image and likeness of God. But a married couple has to do it in secret, but why?
If married couple’s sexual union was done in public like animals, do you think porn would be as it is today, making many young people think like animals, men seeing women like nothing but sex objects, making young and beautiful girls to see themselves as nothing but an object created to fulfill the fantasy of men, making many anointed men of God nothing but entertainers of the world?
No! It wouldn’t.
Any sexually explicit and implicit movies, talk-shows, dramas and live shows have as much effect on the human mind and soul as porn movies.
You see, this “profound mystery,” the fact that the marriage of one man and one woman representing the soon-to-come marriage between Christ and the Church, is beyond what we can think and imagine.
“Covenant” makes a big difference here. When a man and a woman exchange their vows and become one, they are making covenant with each other and God (Malachi 2:13-16). And because of these two covenants, marital sexual intimacy has to be done secretly, hidden from everybody else but the couple and God Himself.
Because the splendid spiritual truth their oneness represents is too HOLY and too HONORABLE for anyone to see.
The woman represents the church and the man represents Christ and these two people come as “ONE” through covenant. Who is the witness about their covenant? God Himself (Malachi 2).
Can you find any other holy place on this earth than the place of those two married people becoming one at the presence of God!
In the Old Testament time, the most hidden place of the temple was called the Holy of Holies where we find “the Ark of the Covenant,” the symbol of the divine presence, “the Shekinah – glory” shining above the Mercy Seat, and between the figures of the cherubim.” (Exodus 26:31-35, Hebrews 10:19-22)
This Holy of Holies was covered by “the veil” not because it is dirty or filthy but because it is the most holy place where we find “the Ark of the Covenant,” the presence of God. “The purpose of the veil was to hide and to bar everyone from entering the symbolic presence of God except the High Priest.” (abideinchrist.com)
Who is the symbolic figure of the High Priest in the marriage setting? The Husband!
Before I end up writing another ten pages on this point, let me say this: Sexual union of one man and one woman who are ONE before God through matrimony , the covenant they make to stay together until death do them part, is not only holy but also glorious, the most fearful place that should be “veiled” away from others but the couple and God.
And do you want me to explain why porn and any sexual activity between a man and a woman who are not married and about homosexuality and other sexually immoral acts, like a couple watching porn movies and all?
I don’t think so because it is very clear now to see them as they are, abomination to God.
The word of God puts it this way:
“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
Praise God that this passage didn’t end there.
It further says, “And that is what some of you were. BUT YOU WERE WASHED, YOU WERE SANCTIFIED, YOU WERE JUSTIFIED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND BY THE SPIRIT OF OUR GOD.” (1 Corinthians 6:11 – capitalization is mine)
Yes, few years ago, I was in the category of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 but now, because of what Jesus Christ did for me on the cross, and I believed and accepted Him, hallelujah, that I am in the category of verse 11.
What about you? ///