What is the one thing that is most attacked in our society today? Isn’t it “truth”? And honestly, this one thing has always been the most attacked, in every society. This was Satan’s attack on Adam and Eve in the Garden. And that attack continues on the bearers of God’s “image” today. Do you remember how in the gospel of John when on the day of Christ’s crucifixion, after Pilate said, “so you are a king?” Jesus explains that for that exact reason He came into the world, then He says, “I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice” (Jn 18:37). And what was Pilate’s response? It was, “what” is truth.
Jesus came into the world to “bear witness” to the truth. But for some reason, though it was standing right in front of him, Pilate had no clue what “truth” was. Regarding this, Paul explains that “if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor 4:3-4). Have you ever wondered why he says, “in their case”? It is the case for all who have hardened their hearts. Those who have hardened their hearts are those who are perishing. Paul is not saying Satan has blinded them and therefore they cannot hear the gospel and be saved, by faith. He is saying, they have already hardened their hearts to the message and therefore Satan has blinded them to the gospel. And this is why they are called “un-believers” because they did not believe already, by choice, and now their hearts are hard. And isn’t it interesting how Paul points back to Genesis and to the Garden of Eden when he says Satan has blinded them so they cannot see the “image of God” who is Christ. What is it about the image of God that Satan hates? It is because God’s image is His “glory.”
Beginning with the fall of Adam and Eve God’s image became marred. And what was the most perfect image of God before the fall? Was it Adam? Or was it Adam and Eve? It was Adam and Eve who, together were created in God’s image. And what was the command for God’s imagers? It was to fill the earth with God’s glory. Two humans, made in God’s image, called to be “one,” and to fill the earth with multitudes of themselves. So, in the beginning, Satan set out to attack God’s image, and God’s image was expressed in marriage. Paul, in Ephesians, explains that marriage between a man and a woman was to express Christ and His Church. Adam in the beginning, within himself, bore Eve. Eve was inside of Adam until God separated them. He separated them in order for them to come together in the expression of marriage, which is the picture of Christ and the Church; the Groom and His Bride; the Head and His Body. “For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him” (1 Cor 6:16-17). So we, the Church, become one with Christ in Spirit, and one day we will reign next to Him on His throne as His bride, or as the Queen next to Her King. I know it is true that we are already “in” Christ and are one with Him in Spirit. But one day this will be “complete” when we get our new bodies.
Therefore, we can conclude Satan hates marriage. For God designed it as a reflection of His glory, being Christ and His Church. Jesus came bearing this message: “the two shall become one” through the gospel. God’s great gospel message is expressed in Him “reconciling to Himself all things” both in heaven and on earth, through the cross. You may recognize this; it is from Ephesians. So, we again can conclude that Satan HATES marriage! As we see that it is at the heart of the gospel message and is the “truth” to which Christ bore witness to before Pilate. Regarding this, Paul says to Timothy, “I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession,” (1 Tim 6:13). Isn’t that an interesting remark by Paul? Jesus bore witness to the truth, and the truth is that He came into the world as a KING to reconcile His QUEEN to Himself.
Okay then. Now that I have set the stage we can begin. In the beginning, Satan sought to destroy God’s glory, being marriage between one man and one woman. He first attacked God’s design by switching Adam and Eve’s roles. He reversed Headship, removing it from Adam and giving it to Eve. This was the very beginning of the “Feminist” movement, and this was the very beginning of multiple things which eventually led to the destruction that caused the fall of Greece, Rome, and now America. All it takes for a person, or nation, to eventually blind themselves to the truth is open the door just a crack, enough to allow Satan to get a foothold by causing us to doubt God’s commands. As soon as Eve listened to Satan say, “did God really say…” she then began to entertain doubt about what was true. What Eve should have done is say, “excuse me, why are you talking to me, go deal with my husband!” But we cannot blame Eve either, since Adam should have stepped in to “protect” His Bride in the first place! Okay then. Next, we have the breakdown of the family, because once Satan is allowed his foot in the door, it is not long until he’s inside the house. We must understand that pride is always at the root of sin. Pride is what caused Satan to usurp God’s authority in the beginning, and it was pride that led to role reversal (Paul explains, “For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor” 1 Tim 2:13-14. Transgression means “knowingly” committing a sin), so I am assuming Eve usurped Adam’s authority. Also, it was pride that caused mankind to search for other causes for the universe besides God. In fact, Romans Chapter One explains this downfall of humanity, a downfall that follows every society that rejects God. And this “loss of” knowing what the truth is, happens in stages. A person does not immediately become blind to the gospel. First, it starts as “blurred vision” eventually leading to complete blindness. But it ALL began with role reversal in the marriage. This breakdown stems from two people who both want to lead. However, first, the husband was to “submit” to God and love his wife, and the wife was to “submit” to her husband and honor his role in leading. But man’s pride led him to usurp God’s authority, and the woman’s pride led her to usurp her husband. And the breakdown of this results in conflict in the home and is seen in single-parent families.
My purpose in this post is to direct us back to the TRUTH. And the truth is that God sent His Son into the world to reconcile the world back to Himself. In other words, the Son left His Father to go and find His Bride, who had forgotten Her Lover, and gone and prostituted Herself with the World. And the gospel is that this Groom purchased Her out of prostitution with His very own “blood money” so as to reconcile Her back to Himself, in love, so that these Two can become One once again, in a Holy unity joined both in heaven and on earth. And my purpose is that we would consider why it is so important that we defend God’s version of marriage. And what I mean by “version” is that not only is it between one man and one woman, but it also has only one head and one body; one groom and one bride, and is meant to picture Christ and His Church, for the “entire universe” (even angels) to see. Also, my purpose was that we might learn from the “pattern” of what happens when either one couple, or a society, rejects God’s order. This breakdown, if you follow it through history, leads to abortion, homosexuality, gender confusion, and ultimately to literal “insanity.” And I am defining insanity as the inability to be rational, to reason, or to think logically in any fashion. But should I leave it here? No. Can this be reversed? Yes, it can. By prayer and by practice. We can pray, confessing our own pride and lack of submitting to the Lord’s authority in our own lives, together with seeking to practice His order in our marriages. And we can also proclaim this truth in our churches, with family and friends, and on social media. And we can preach the gospel of reconciliation using our own marriages as a “witness to the truth.”