Shared by Apostle James R Winfree Sr, Unraveling The True Mystery Of God's Holy Word!


Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:26-27


The Bible teaches Adam and Eve, as husband and wife, were created in the image of God and, therefore, were meant to bear God’s very own image to be in His likeness. Marriage was meant to model and display God’s glory to all of His creation and His Marriage with His chosen people.


In what ways is the image of God reflected in the marriage union?


We see God's image is in the plurality and unity of marriage. God said, “Let us make man in our image,” and then the text says, “male and female, He created them” (v. 26, 27). When God made the man, He made a plurality. He made man and woman, and later in the narrative, He said they would become “One flesh” (Gen 2:24). The Trinity is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; they are one and yet still individual persons. When a couple gets married, they are meant to demonstrate this. Marriage demonstrates two individual people becoming “One” for the rest of their lives while maintaining their individuality under One family name.


With that said, there are other Oneness implications to the marriage union. In the Oneness, Jesus the Son submits in all things to God the Father (. John 5:19, 1 Cor 15:27) and the Holy Spirit submits to both ( John 14:26, 15:26). There is the perfect submission in the Godhead. In the same way, when God made man and woman in His image, there was meant to be His order in the relationship. First Corinthians 11:3 says: “Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God.”


Apostle Paul says in the same way that the head of Christ is God, so the head of the woman (better-translated wife) is the man. God made the husband and wife relationship to mirror the Godhead specifically in the area of authority. Therefore, Ephesians 5:24 calls for wives to submit to their husbands in everything.


Another Oneness implication is love in marriage. The wife submits to the husband and the husband loves his wife. Consider Ephesians 5:25-27:


Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.


The submission of the wife happens in a perfect loving relationship with her husband. Similarly, throughout eternity, the Godhead has always dwelled in a perfect relationship of love and authority. The Father loves the Son and the Son submits to the Father. The Father does not oppress the Son and make Him submit. He loves the Son, and within this perfect love, the Son submits to God. The Holy Spirit loves and submits to both. In fact, 1 John 4:8 simply says, “God is love. and Jesus is His love revealed and manifested in the flesh”


In the same way, wives are called to submit to their husbands, and husbands are called to love their wives. It is not that the wife does not love her husband or that the husband never submits to his wife ( Eph 5:21). It’s just that the defining characteristic of the woman’s service to her husband should be submission, and the defining characteristic of the husband’s service to his wife should be love. This is part of the way we see the image of God in the marriage relationship.


Ephesians 5:25 gives us a picture of what the husband’s love should look like. It should reflect Christ. The husband is called to love his wife as Christ loved the church. How did Christ love the church? He died for her, and he also teaches her the Word of God. The husband must love his wife sacrificially and lead his wife spiritually.


When the world looks at a Christ Believers marriage, they should see a husband who makes daily sacrifices for his wife and actively leads the home spiritually. He leads his family to a Bible-loving fellowship. He leads family devotions. He serves his wife and edifies her with his words. He sacrifices to please her and build her up. The wife honors him as her head and submits to him in everything (Col 3:18). This is a redemptive picture of the gospel. Elect Lady Betty and I have been married since 1978 having raised four children.


Marriage should demonstrate the perfect love and submission in the Godhead. It should also reflect the perfect sacrificial love of Christ for the church and the church’s submission to Christ. the World should be encouraged and challenged by watching a godly marriage. They should see something of the glory and the greatness of God in our homes.


Therefore, when a marriage is not functioning correctly, it displays a marred image of God and distorts its intended message. With so many marriages ending in divorce or continuing in disarray, the glory of God has been greatly dimmed. It is no surprise that so many people doubt God’s existence or are falling away from him. The light in marriages has often become darkness, which in turn pushes people away from God. In marriage, it should be our desire to reflect God and bring glory to Him since that was His original plan.One Woman, One Man in marriage and leading His chosen people, the church.



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Apostle James R Winfree Sr, Online Love Fellowship Jesus Nations Media Ministries


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