It is by grace that you have been saved through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8 (NIV) The Christian life is God’s work in which we become involved. The problem is that we can become so interested in what we are...
5. The Son is one with the Father in trust.
“The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son” (John 5:22).
There could hardly be a task of greater significance than bringing justice to the entire world. All throughout the Old Testament we are told that God is the judge. And here we are told that the Father has given all judgment to the Son. That means people of every religion (and no religion) will one day stand before and give account to Jesus Christ who died for sins.
Applied to marriage, a more perfect union means you have full confidence in the one you have been joined to, that you communicate that confidence both by trusting things of great importance to that person, and that you do not take back what has been trusted by doing it yourself.
6. The Son is one with the Father in honor.
“The Father… has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him” (John 5:23).
The perfect union of the Father and the Son is seen in the resolve of the Father that the Son may be held in the highest honor. Whenever we worship the Son, the Father is honored. If that were not so, our worship would be blasphemy. Every knee will bow “and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10).
A more perfect union in marriage means you speak, think, and act in ways that show the one you love that he or she is held in honor.
Which of these do you struggle with most in relationships? Why?