Last week I said that God’s purpose for creating mankind was to fill the earth with His image/glory. Therefore, Adam and Eve were created in His image and commanded to replenish (fill) and subdue the earth by being fruitful and multiplying. Adam and Eve could accomplish this purpose because they were created in the image of God (see Genesis 1:27&28). In order to preserve His image in them God gave them the institution in marriage.
This week I will begin to look at why and how the institution of marriage preserves, perpetuates (reproduces) and also perfects the image of God in mankind. I will start with what we are told in I John 4:7-8 & 15-16:
4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love… 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. I John 4:7-8 & 15-16 (Emphasis supplied).
This scripture tells us 2 very important truths about love:
- God’s is love.
- You and I cannot experience or express true love unless God dwells in us.
The reason Adam and Eve could replenish (fill) the earth with God’s image/glory is because the Spirit of God dwelled in them. As long as the Spirit of God dwelled in them they could reproduce children in their image who could in turn reproduce children and their image and in this way God’s glory would not only be preserved but also perpetuated throughout the earth thus fulfilling the command given by God to multiply, and subdue the earth and have dominion (see Genesis 1:28): The more mankind obeyed the command given in Genesis 1:28, the more Psalms 69:34 was fulfilled which reads as follows:
69:34 Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein (see Psalms 150:1-6). (Emphasis supplied)
This was God’s purpose for marriage. However, something spoiled God’s purpose for marriage which brings me to this question:
What was it that caused Adam and Eve’s marriage to fail God’s purpose?
The answer to that question is this:
Adam and Eve’s marriage failed to fulfill God’s purpose because they believed that they could experience and/or express true love apart from God.
Notice what the serpent said to cause Eve to eat from the forbidden tree:
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 3:4&5
As long as the Spirit of God dwelled in Adam and Eve they could experience and express love because God is love and God dwelled in them. However, Eve was deceived by the lie that the forbidden fruit would make Adam and her as gods, with the ability to experience and express true love apart from God: Eve reasoned that if she and Adam could enjoy so much love as a result of being in God how much more they could experience and express that love if they were gods. So she ate the fruit and took it to Adam for him to eat.
Adam was not deceived by the lie that eating the forbidden fruit would make them as gods (see I Timothy 2:14). Nevertheless he ate the fruit when Eve brought it to him because he was not fully surrendered to the truth that God is love and therefore in Him we are complete (see Colossians 2:10).
Beloved, if we want to experience and express the fullness of God’s love in our lives and relationships we must do more than reject Satan’s lie: We must also surrender to God’s truth and that truth is found in I John 4:7-8 & 15-16 which reads as follows:
4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love… 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 4:16 And we have known and believed the love
Next week I am going to continue to deal with why basing your marriage on the truth expressed in I John 4:7&8 makes it possible to accomplish God’s purpose for marriage. Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture to ponder and pray over:
4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. I John 4:16-18 (Emphasis supplied).