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Wednesday, April 6 2016
Mark 10: Who Did God Choose As The Messiah's Wife?
"Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father ... the elect lady and her children ... the bride, the Lamb's wife ... I speak concerning Christ and the church"
The Church of God is a specifically-stated Biblical term, not merely (i.e. necessarily) any man-made organization of the present day with "church of God" in its corporate name i.e. "20:28 ... the Church of God, which He hath purchased with His own Blood" (Acts 20:28 KJV).
From the Church of God - those conceived by the Holy Spirit unto repentance and conversion - will be born the children of God (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?).
From that reality, the Church of God is the betrothed "bride of Christ": "21:9 ... I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife" (Revelation 21:9 KJV).
The apostle Paul plainly stated that ultimate meaning and purpose of marriage with "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church."
"5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 5:29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church." (Ephesians 5:25-32 KJV)
The apostle John also spoke directly of it while addressing a congregation of the Church of God as "the elect lady and her children."
"1:1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth; 1:2 For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us [see Written In The Heart Of Our Tabernacles], and shall be with us for ever.
So it was then that the Messiah's teachings and answers about physical marriage were ultimately about the eternal life to come. Human marriages end, one way or another (see Why Are Christians Called Brothers And Sisters?), but the family of God will be forever (see the Fact Finder question below).
"10:1 And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again.
So too, the Messiah's teachings about children looked beyond to their potential as children of God: "Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein."
"10:13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
The lesson about the rich man who put more value upon his mortal life than his eternal life was a lesson about foolishness. And so too again, the application of the children of God prophecy to the lesson: "There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life."
"10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
But before the children of God may be truly "born again" at that future time, the Messiah must, as stated above, have fulfilled "the Church of God, which He hath purchased with His own Blood."
"10:32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid.
The apostles began as disciples, which means students. As such, they needed correction in matters of this world, versus the eternal world to come. Notice once again, the Messiah was sent to carry out the tasks that the Father sent Him to do, according to the Father's Will: "But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared" (see Who Sits At The Right Hand Of God?).
"10:35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.
The healings from physical blindness were wonderful for the one healed, but their healing from spiritual blindness accompanied it because faith was a part of the healing (see Paul's Blindness Lesson).
"10:46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. 10:47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
Fact Finder: When was the Church of God born? When will it have accomplished its purpose?
This Day In History, April 6
646 BC: The earliest total solar eclipse recorded by humans was made, by the Greeks (see also When Do Eclipses Happen On The Christian Holy Days? and The Sun In History And Prophecy).
46 BC: Julius Caesar defeated Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato (Cato the Younger) at the battle of Thapsus (see also The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
402: Alaric, chief of the Visigoths (a Germanic people), after invading Italy was defeated at Pollentia by Roman General Flavius Stilicho. The Germanic people eventually superseded the original the Roman Empire as the "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1199: King Richard I (Richard the Lion-hearted) of England died at age 41 from an infected arrow wound (from a crossbow) that he suffered during the siege of the castle of Chaluz in France.
1250: During the Seventh Crusade (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), the Ayyubids of Egypt captured King Louis IX of France at the Battle of Fariskur.
1320: Scots reaffirmed their independence with the Declaration of Arbroath.
1385: John, the Master of the Order of Aviz, became king John I of Portugal.
1453: The Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed II ("Mehmed the Conqueror") began his siege of Constantinople (the city was named after the Roman Emperor Constantine; see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy). The Ottoman Empire (centered in Turkey) occupied the land of Israel for centuries until it was liberated by British forces at the end of the First World War (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1652: Dutch sailor Jan van Riebeeck established a resupply station that eventually became Cape Town, South Africa.
1663: King Charles II signed the Carolina Charter ("Carolina" is from Carolus, the Latin form of Charles).
1748: The ruins of Pompei, Italy, were discovered.
1814: Napoleon abdicated in favor of his young son, but Russia, Prussia, Austria and Britain reject it; the French senate didn't recognize the child's title and called the Bourbon Louis XVIII to the throne instead. Napoleon then abdicated unconditionally and was sent into exile on the island of Elba.
1868: Mormon leader Brigham Young, 67, married his 27th, and last, wife. In all, his wives bore him 47 children.
1909: Robert Peary and Matthew Henson reached the North Pole.
1917: The U.S. declared war on Germany and entered the First World War (1916-1918). The war began the previous year, in 1916.
1939: Britain signed a military alliance with Poland. The Second World War began a few months later, in September 1939, when Germany invaded Poland (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1965: The launch of "Early Bird," the first communications satellite in geosynchronous orbit i.e. with a counter-orbit of 24 hours so that it stays in the same position over the earth.
1998: Pakistan developed ballistic missiles for its nuclear arsenal.