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Personal Sanctification and Biblical Marriage

  • Genesis 2:15-22Ephesians 5:22-33

  • In each of these things that we will look at, the connecting thought will come from Ephesians 5:22-26 where both the man and the woman are working to help the spouse become more like Jesus.  In other words, the common goal in each of these characteristics is SANCTIFICATION.  

  • Jesus is the one, in Ephesians 5:25-26, who does the sanctifying.  Look how he describes this; “having cleansed her by the washing with the Word.” It can be compared to washing a wound with water and nothing else.  If you were to do this, it takes a high volume of water. Christ is the only one who has the power to sanctify. 

These are a couple of things to understand concerning what you CANNOT do for, to, or IN your spouse:

  1. You cannot force yourself into their conscience.  In other words, you cannot convict him or her of sin.  But Jesus can.
  2. You cannot, personally, change them.  But Jesus can.
  3. You cannot make him or her understand you perfectly, and you cannot understand him or her perfectly.  But Jesus can.  
  4. You cannot change or enhance his or her desires.  But Jesus can.  
  5. You cannot fill whatever void exists in his or her life.  In other words, you are not a functional savior for that person.  Jesus is.  

It is Christ alone who can save us, make us righteous in the sight of God, and give us the strength to pursue holiness in our daily lives.