So, how does the gospel of Jesus Christ relate directly to the relationship between husbands and wives?
Through the gospel we have:
1: Removal of hard-heartedness through the new birth
When we come to trust the promise of God that he is satisfied with the death of his son on our behalf and that through his son’s death and resurrection we have eternal life, we are born from above. Transaction that takes place is not merely mental. Our old rebellious hearts are transformed and a new heart is given to us which desires obedience.
Such hearts within the context of marriage make all the difference. Even if just one of the two spouses has had this experience, much of the fighting and bickering will vanish. It is obvious that in such a case the heard-hearted spouse will likely continue to do things that offend, but a soft heart is pliable and will not be easily offended.
2: Filling with the Holy Spirit
When we are given a new heart we are filled with the Holy Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit will begin to manifest itself in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control. This fruit is beautiful and will be desired by all. When both spouses bear much fruit, the gospel is seen to be otherworldly.
3: Restoration of right relationships
In Adam’s fall, we sinned all. In our sin we despised our brothers, hated our wives, manipulated our husbands, and oppressed our children. We did not have and so we murdered and stole.
But in the gospel, we see the restoration of all relationships. Order is restored to families. Husbands love their wives and wives obey their husbands. Children are no longer oppressed and they delight to obey their parents.
4: Declaration to all that the gospel is strong to save
When the world sees the healing balm of the gospel, they will give glory to God. In fact, God’s promise to save to the uttermost will be seen as trustworthy, since it is so obvious that there is power in the gospel even here and now.
Above: Took this photo just north of Colorado Springs last summer.
Today it is very cold; in the single digits. I had one of those sad photography experiences on the way to work this morning. The moon was bright white and enormous as it was setting in the clear blue sky above the mountains. There was a thick bank of clouds about 500 feet below the top of the mountains and another layer about 500 feet above the setting moon. The lighting from the rising sun made it perfect. I had my camera on me, but by the time I could pull over, get the camera out, turn it on, find that the memory chip was not loaded, load the memory chip, and turn the camera back on, the clouds above had descended and washed away the whole scene.
Oh well, I saw it and it was the perfect start to my day.