Happy Anniversary, Adam!

by Frank Jones in

When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth. Then the days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years, and he had other sons and daughters. So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died (Genesis 5:3–5).

If there is any question that God's intent was a one man, one woman relationship until death do you part, you do not need to look past Genesis 5. God created male and female. God brought them into a union (a marriage) in order to reflect the reality of Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:32).

Perhaps in the days of Adam, this scene occurred.

"Surprise!" "Why Eve! All these hundreds of relations gathered together. You did remember? Yes?" Eve replied, "Of course, Adam. You know the preciousness of the love that our Lord has gifted to us." Adam answered with moistened eye. "The mercy of the Lord endures forever. You are a gift."

Adam joined hands with Eve after a tender embrace. Eve kissed his moist face. "Come. People are waiting." They entered into a large room that was full of sons and daughters, children and grandchildren. Shouts of joy and laughter echoed around the room. There were tables of feasting set before them. All of this provided by the Lord.

What was the occasion of such love and joy? Adam and Eve looked upon faces of joy. Their gaze moved together upward on the wall. A high and lifted up banner was apparent for everyone to see. Adam and Eve gazed upon it in joy and thanksgiving. The words echo in both of their hearts for His mercies.

"Happy Anniversary! 900 Years of Loving Faithfulness!"

Behold, in a day of broken covenants and marriages that cannot last five years, does God still design marriages to abide until death do you part? The answer, YES.

At your next anniversary, remember that your life together is still very much a babe compared to "in the beginning". A golden fifty year anniversary is a gift from the Lord. However, it is nothing compared to a marriage of 900 years!

Nourished to Service

by Frank Jones in

For the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12)

The gift of pastor-teacher to the body of Christ is a measure of grace purchased in the incarnation resurrection ministry of Jesus Christ. He lays forth the goodness of Himself for the flock of God. Living knowledge produces both edification and service within the church. Stability and maturity will be the result.

There is much conversation among men about the need to be fed through a local church. Healthy doctrine must not be minimized. Both the preacher and the congregant must abide and give themselves to the doctrine of Christ Jesus and His Word. This is the only means of saving grace that results in justification and sanctification (1 Timothy 4:15-16).

However, the goal is not merely being fed but being furnished for the work of service. Food is the nourishment that energizes the body. Food is essential but being fed has a goal –  the service of watchfulness, the service of the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, the service of speaking the truth in love, the service of building up all saints in love, etc. Our feeding and being fed is deadening unless in all things we are growing up into him.

Glorying in food is foolish if we walk as other Gentiles. The aim is an inner transformation from glory to glory that results in a walk like His walk. The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked (1 John 2:6).