Courtship and the Gospel: Something to Think about
For a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak of Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5: 31, 32, NKJV).
Reading these verses a few nights ago, I believe the Holy Spirit revealed to me an application that I'd never heard before. I was struck by the order of the words of the Ephesians 5: 31, which is a quote from Genesis 2:24, "A man shall leave his father and mother..." (NKJV). The thought popped into my mind and lingered for the next few days, What if this statement was God's way of communicating part of the Gospel knowing man would sin. Think about it. Who left home in order to claim us as His bride?
Since marriage pictures the relationship between Christ and the Church, which Christ took the initiative to form, could it be possible that the recent trend of women pursuing romance with the men is a subtle attack on the gospel? I'm not talking about women like Leah to spend the better part of their lives trying to earn the love of a man (See Genesis 29). There's nothing subtle about that. Satan has said to such a woman over and over again God is not sufficient. However, a woman asking a guy out just seems like social empowerment. Because marriage depicts Christ and the Church, and the Church did not (and cannot) exist without Christ pursuit of sinners through His incarnation, sinless life, death, and resurrection a.k.a. the gospel, wouldn't it be more in line with the picture for the man to initiate the courtship leading up to marriage? This is just something to think about for all the single Christian teen girls and women out there.
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