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Reflecting on the composition of our bodies.

Posted on Mon, May 25, 2009

Concerning those who brag about ownership of their bodies, how much did it cost them to bring their bodies into existence? Or when will they unquestionably and personally dispose of their bodies? Certainly, no one can establish ownership of his or her body as we can assuredly say this and more about our ownership of real estate, or other items of material worth. The Scriptures say “for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.” 1 Corinthians 8:6 “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.” Romans 14:8.

For seven weeks now - from the middle of last month -until now, we have been pleasantly feasting on God’s precepts on marriage. For the married and singles alike in our congregation, their notions of marriage have completely and blessedly changed.  We will never be the same again despite our past failures in and headaches about marriage.  We plan to conclude these series on marriage by God’s grace on Sunday, May 31, 2009. It is designed to be a very special Sunday in our congregation. We will celebrate the institution of marriage, have questions and answers’ session and also share testimonies of changed lives. If you reside in New York City area, I warmly invite you to join us. And we want to make a special arrangement to accommodate you. So, call me directly at 646-294-7726 or our church’s office number: (718) 874-8411, to confirm that you will attend this very important service. Also, you may wish to visit our website: www.christdisciples.org for direction and interesting articles on this topic.

 

David said I praise you (God) because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”  Psalms 139:14  In this Scripture, David is referring to his body, carefully crafted by God and for God.  I know you have heard such brags as “it is my body, I can do what I like with it…it belongs to me”.  It was not so with King David. He had a deep reflection on God and appreciated him for how he was created.

 

Concerning those who brag about ownership of their bodies, how much did it cost them to bring their bodies into existence? Or when will they unquestionably and personally dispose of their bodies? Certainly, no one can establish ownership of his or her body as we can assuredly say this and more about our ownership of real estate, or other items of material worth.  The Scriptures say “for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.” 1 Corinthians 8:6  For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.” Romans 14:8.

 

It is mentioned that it is from him (God) that all things came? Other Scriptures say that God who spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, has with him also freely given us all things – certainly, all things that pertain to this life and godliness.  Romans 8:32, 2 Peter 1:3.

 

My friend, marriage is one of those things. It was personally instituted by God. He made it a prototype of his body – the church. Marriage is wonderfully designed to be sweet, healthy and supremely enjoyable within the will and body of Christ whose body we are. How I pray that we might partner with God and allow him a place in our marriage to do his good pleasure.  It takes works, a complete and a willing surrender of our intractable will to reach the divine goal for our marriages. If everyone yields to God’s word - the wife realizes that “the wife has no power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband has no power of his own body, but the wife,” 1 Corinthians 7:4  - then we will begin to live as one body in Christ, knowing that one day we will stand before him and give a complete account of our stewardship in marriage. Romans 14:12. May God bless our marriages. Bye for now. Emaeyak Ekanem

 

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