The April 15, 2016 issue of the Standard Bearer is now out – a very special issue, we might add – this time on the subject of “Reformed (i.e., biblical) Marriage.”
The issue covers a variety of subjects, from dating and courtship to the meaning of marriage, and from the wedding ceremony to the wedding reception (cf. the cover below). The issue makes for timely and instructive reading for young people, young couples, and long-time married couples.
Editor-in-chief Prof.B. Gritters introduces the issue in these words:
We have been planning a special issue on a Reformed Marriage for a long time now, and are very pleased to mail this issue to you this Spring. We think you will be edified by it.You will notice immediately that most of the articles are co-authored, that is, written by husband and wife teams. It was evident to us that when it comes to marriages and weddings, the women often have a great deal to say, and rightly so. We take opportunity here to thank the women who participated, as well as the long-time elder and his wife for their contributions.The articles range from pre-marriage preparation by parents to the question that should be answered by couples before marriage: what do they hope for with regard to having children?May our covenant God bless our marriages to His glory, and preserve them for the sake also of the “godly seed.” We hope the marriage ceremonies and the celebrations that follow also bring Him due honor.
The bond that God makes in marriage by gluing a man and women together makes the marriage bond a permanent relationship. Were marriage a human invention and the bond of marriage only of man’s making, any marriage could be terminated at will. However, when God glues two together, He does so for life. The only thing that dissolves the marriage relationship is death. “For the woman which hath an husband is bound (tied, fastened) by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.” (Romans 7:2-3) Consequently when asked about divorce Jesus proclaimed “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Matthew 19:6)
Let every married couple or those contemplating marriage understand this. Take this perspective in marriage. Marriage is permanent. Should problems arise in your marriage, divorce is not an option except in the case of adultery. But even then the marriage bond is not broken. Only death breaks the marriage bond. Let husbands and wives be committed to their marriages and in Christ work out any problems that may arise. And let those dealing with what may seem insurmountable problems in their marriage remember, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)