19:3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? 19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made [them] at the beginning made them male and female, 19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 19:7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 19:8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. Matthew 19:3-8 (Emphasis supplied).
Jesus tells us here that the only reason Moses was led by God to write a law concerning divorce is because of the hardness of the people’s heart. In the beginning there was no need for a law concerning divorce because in the beginning Adam and Eve were created in the image of God. Therefore they walked in the power of the Holy Spirit and not the flesh (Genesis 1:26-28). Notice what we are told in Romans 8:5-8:
8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 8:6 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. 8:7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Adam and Eve did not need a law concerning divorce (or any law for that matter) because they were fully surrendered to the Holy Spirit and only did what was pleasing to God. As long as they made the choice to surrender their will daily to the control of the Holy Spirit they were able to experience and express the fullness of God’s love to each other and to all of creation.
However, when Adam and Eve chose to no longer be surrender to the Holy Spirit’s leading (by eating the forbidden fruit) the Spirit of God left them and they could no longer experience or express God’s perfect love because they were no longer complete. Now their love was tainted by self-centered fear. Notice what we are told in Genesis 3:6-8 & 9-11:
3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons… 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where [art] thou? 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I [was] naked; and I hid myself. 3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou [wast] naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
As long as Adam and Eve chose to stay fully surrendered to God and dwell in His perfect love they could reflect His image of selfless love to one another and all of creation. Satan understood this because he had tasted the power of God’s perfect love and revealed in the glory of its’ perfecting power until he made the fatal decision to be like God without surrendering his will to God daily. In other words, Lucifer, the covering Cherub, became Satan, the prince of darkness by trying to be God (see Isaiah 14:12-15 & Ezekiel 28:12-17). Therefore, Satan knew that in order to bring about the fall of Adam and Eve he had to get them to believe the lie that they could make themselves complete apart from dwelling in God’s love by daily surrender of their will. In other words, Satan knew that he had to get Adam and Eve to exalt their will above God’s will rather than surrender their will to God. Notice what he said to deceive Eve:
3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. Genesis 3:1-5 (Emphasis supplied).
The lie that we can make ourselves happy and complete apart from daily surrender to God not only caused the fall of Satan, it also caused the fall of Adam and Eve. But more than that, it is the lie causes all of humanity, since the fall of Adam and Eve, to be slaves to sin: Even our attempts to be holy is nothing but filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6): It is filthy because it is done by the power of our flesh rather than by the power of God’s Spirit (see Ephesians 2:1-10 &Romans 7:14-25). This is exactly why we are told in Colossians 2:8-10:
2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
When you accept and live by this powerful and liberating truth you will reconnect with God through daily surrender of the will to Jesus: Then you will understand why I say that surrender will not only make marriage happier and the single life complete but that it will also make divorce a blessing: You will understand this because you will begin to experience the healing, perfecting power of God’s love more and more. As you dwell in His glorious presence day by day your testimony will be:
Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fulness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore. Psalms 16:11 (Emphasis supplied).
This really ends this series entitled: Complete in Jesus but before I begin my next series I will do a bonus section in this series to show how the truth expressed in Colossians 2:8-10 can and does reverse the curse of sin. Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture to ponder and pray over:
5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 5:15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 5:16 [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. Galatians 5:13-17 (Emphasis supplied).