The marriage isn’t the only proving ground of our faith; it isn’t the only relationship that’s dependent upon the Gospel and used to exhibit the truths of the Gospel and that points to the Gospel. And Paul briefly and matter-of-factly lays out a couple of imperatives, one for both children and parents that will help them and us understand that.
Marriage is a mutual self-sacrificing relationship that points to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The relationship between Christ and the Church is more than just an illustration and example to emulate. The role of Christ and the Gospel is one of power that enables us to fulfill the roles we've been given as husbands and wives.
In the midst of these evil days, Paul says we should be diligent and take the time to look at our lives and ask ourselves if we're living wisely or unwisely. And, of course, he says that is determined by whether we're under the influence of the of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit or not.
Paul calls us, as beloved children of God, to love and give of ourselves to the point of sacrifice for the benefit of others and to reject sexual sin which is the epitome of taking for ourselves to the point of self-indulgence at the expense of others.
Obedience to the Lord is not oppressive or optional. Our obedience to the Lord is for His glory, for our good, and the good of our neighbor.
Ahaz was called to trust in a promise. We have been called to trust in a promise fulfilled. Ahaz's sign was a child that would be called Immanuel because God was going to be with the remnant. Our sign is a child that WAS Immanuel, because He WAS God with us.
Our Ministry Intern, Aaron Raines, preaches from Psalm 110. As the Old Testament passage most often quoted in the New Testament, the significance of Psalm 110 cannot be overstated. In this messianic Psalm, David points to a King who is God, who rules and reigns, who is a priest, and who is a warrior. That King is Jesus Christ.
The insufficiency of the Levitical Priesthood, the Ceremonial Law, and its sacrifices were always meant to point to the sufficiency of the better, perfect, and permanent Priest and sacrifice in the Lord Jesus Christ. He has come! He is coming again!