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      What James White Says at Your Wedding

      Tuesday, July 10, 2012

      Recently, my bride, Susan Yenser Chaplin, and I got married.  We were fortunate enough to have Dr. James White preside over our wedding.  Shortly after our mini-moon (mini honeymoon), Dr. White emailed to me the comments he made during the procession.  I thought it would be great to share them here because there are a lot of great things about what marriage truly means.  It's something we should all remember especially during these times when marriage is trying to be redefined.


      Introduction: 

      It is about time!  Channel topic:  "Finally!"

      Good Friday.  The entire reason we are here today.

      Holy estate, holy relationship, ordained by, defined by, and given to us by, God.

      One man, one woman, together for life.  No greater testimony than the precious couple who have been together for 50 years walking side-by-side through the trials of life.  THAT takes real work!

      Divine institutions under attack from a secular society.

      It is Lane and Susan's desire to establish a godly home, one in which Christ's lordship is seen with clarity, consistency, and contrast with the attitudes of the world. 

      All of us here who honor Christ's lordship must seek to honor marriage as a part of our witness to the world.

      Jesus the Messiah spoke directly to the nature of marriage. In the Gospel According to Matthew, chapter 19,  Jesus spoke of the original intention of God in the establishment of this divine estate. He said, "Have you not read that the Creator from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'It is for this reason a man will leave his father and his mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' Thus, they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate!"

      1) Marriage is instituted not by governments or cultures, but by the Creator Himself. It is a creation ordinance, grounded in His purpose, and hence vital to the true fulfillment of man. He who created life knows best how we may experience it.

      2) The male and female relationship is not an accident of biological evolution. This is one of the greatest reasons for the degradation of marriage in our modern world: if we think we are but highly evolved animals, we can hardly see the transcendent, spiritual purposes in our creation.

      3) The man is to leave his father and his mother, which assumes the honoring of the marriage covenant in the generations that came before. Lane and Susan, you must realize that your relationship is not just "between you," a private thing that has no external consequences. No, when we hear of couples who have honored marriage with their lives for 30, 50, and even 75 years, we are reminded that marriage is not merely a cultural construct, but is a concrete means by which we honor the Lordship of Christ and bring glory to God.  We truly tell the world that we believe in the Lordship of Christ when we are dedicated to obeying His commandment to honor marriage as it has been established by His authority.

      4) κολληθήσεται means to be glued to. This is not a temporary joining based upon social contracts. There is no such thing as Scotch-tape marriage in God's economy. When the two are joined together in this way, there is no way to separate them without doing substantial harm to both.

      --->  husbands love your wives.  Comment on how love is not an emotion, it is a choice, a commitment, and that is why so few in our world experience it to its fulness. 

      5) There is something mystical about the union of man and woman in a relationship that not only brings them great joy and life, but brings life into the world as well. I do not mean mystical in the sense of nonsensical or purely emotional, but transcendent, going beyond the natural, the material. The two become one flesh, and when two followers of Christ, husband and wife, are committed to Him and His glory and are joined in this divine state their union transcends what can be understood from the world's perspective.  Secularism reduces the mystery of marriage to a legal contract; Christianity uses marriage as a symbol of Christ's redemptive love for His people.  What a contrast!

      6) What God has joined together---the State is not joining Lane and Susan this day; the church is not joining Lane and Susan this day. Christian marriage is established by God, and as such, is divine in nature. The covenant into which you are about to enter, Lane, Sue, is divine in nature, and in Jesus' teaching, has been intended thusly by God from the beginning. While man's laws may annul what we do here in its courts, the real force of this covenant is found in the eyes of God.

      So we have the clear and unambiguous teaching of the Creator Himself, as He walked as the Incarnate One amongst His own creatures, as to the nature of the divine institution of marriage. In light of the clarity of this truth, I call upon all of us to re-affirm our obedience to Jesus, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, and His right to establish this divine institution of marriage. I charge Lane and Susan to take very seriously the vows they make this day, not because they are made in the presence of many witnesses, but first and foremost because they will be made before God Himself, for His honor and His glory. Your faithfulness to each other will likewise display your love for, honor for, and obedience to, your Lord and Master.  What a grand truth!  When you love each other as you ought, you are in fact loving your Redeemer as well!  And I wish to exhort all who are here to pray fervently for this new family, and for yourselves as well, that all of us who name the name of Jesus Christ would honor and glorify Him by how we honor and respect an institution that comes from His hand. 

      Marriage Vows
      Lane Chaplin, Susan Yenser, you have come here today to be joined as husband and wife. Will you join hands, and repeat these vows after me?

      I, Lane, take you, Susan, to be my wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death; as God is my witness, I give you my promise.

      I, Susan, take you, Lane, to be my husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death; as God is my witness, I give you my promise.

      Exchange of Rings
      The wedding ring is a public and precious testimony of one's pledge to live in faithful devotion to one's husband or wife. It is a precious and valuable token of the vows you are making before God this day. after placing the ring upon the finger, repeat after me: 

      I give you this ring, as a symbol of my vow, with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen."

      Prayer

      Now that Lane and Susan have given themselves to each other by solemn vows, before us and before God as witness, and have shown their affection and commitment by the giving and receiving of rings, I pronounce that they are husband and wife, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Therefore what God has joined together, no man may separate.

      Lane, you may kiss your bride.

      Ladies and gentlemen, may I be the first to introduce to you Mr. and Mrs. Lane Chaplin!


      james
      وفي المحاماة عن الانجيل وتثبيته


      1 comment:

      Man from Modesto said...

      Congratulations, Lane, on your marriage! May our Father in Heaven bless you with joy, laughter, happiness, unity, and a great love to last all the decades of a long love affair.

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