- The Beholder’s Definition of Marriage
- Is Marriage a Covenant or Contract? Society’s dilemma
- A Snapshot in Defining a Covenant Marriage
- Relational Characteristics of a Covenant
- Searching Below the Surface – Looking into unexpected Islamic ideas.
- En Route to Defining a Covenant Marriage – Countering Contract
- Essence of the Covenant Matrix
A matrix molds an environment determining how something develops or shapes. Today, society and governmental determinations shape marriage to define a secular or contract matrix. However, a covenant marriage in God’s presence affirms a covenant matrix molding this pattern to reflect God’s nature.
God promises unconditionally as a covenant-keeper giving birth to an ethos for life that demonstrates salvation where unreserved promises exist. He declares us his children, despite our shortcomings (John 1:12). Yet, securities within this covenant or any divinely mandated covenant have unconditional tenets forming a salvific matrix that eternally connects us to our Heavenly Father.
The priorities of a covenantal nature generate promises declared to another. God’s unconditional promises parallel with covenant-married couples by making vows in God’s presence. These invoke the explicit essence of a divine promise as unrestricted and permanent. Covenant marriage reflects this promise-giving technique so that the promise in the presence of God connects to his unconditional love and does not open the door for qualifying marital conditions. Especially since conditional agreements void the covenant, making a contract. Other religions, like Islam, have a contract matrix molding their environment since their deity, by way of religion, determines all aspects of life and deliverance to a contractual framework. (See Searching Below the Surface for further information on this.)
God’s covenant nature establishes the basis for reflecting him in a covenant marriage. First, the Covenant-God’s nature desires to pursue diligently in a sacrificial way to promote relatability and further unity. The oneness in a marriage where spouses in this sacred relationship leave, unite, cleave permanently together and share intimately without shame – represents unity. The essence of marriage reflects moving continually toward oneness together despite the challenges.
Thus, the covenant, a matrix reflecting God’s nature, presents a covenant identity as the sacrificial lover toward his exclusive beloved. The covenant matrix holds together and enforces a covenant identity in how God abides with us and how we dwell with each other. The divine-human relationship continually encourages a covenant ethos in salvation and marriage.
The covenant identity reflects a sacrificial lover toward his exclusive beloved shaping the marriage’s priority and matrix—any obligations in the marriage overflow from this covenant identity. The matrix molds believers to form patterns that reflect God’s nature in all areas of life.
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