Has it become fashionable to think a habit
is not wrong, gaining view it being alright?
A question asked by Thomas Paine… in our
day with the marriage of men in our sight,
though objectionable to some… let the world
do what it will do, nature now is its Author,
if by object to forced determination is seen…
the public avoided and past influence’s offer-
a mind prone to do what it will and to seek
redress of legality, minds amused to an end,
imitation to what marriage represented, a man
to a wife (Jesus to the church) to truly defend,
beyond this… to be forced a tax to pay for ‘the
life ending abortion,’ no life to be ever known…
to arrogate ‘the chance (or choice) to live’ as
one decides when affecting another, disown,
and this is not pretentious or arranged for a self
interest to be promoted, ineffectual to its good
effects by course of time or implied advantage,
the strength of desire to motivate as it should.
What then ‘the Author’ but the want and not the
need… to greater loss surely we do succumb,
no longer bound by common cause we’d soon
relax due diligence… to vigilance soon dumb,
next to disesteem the worth or value of another…
whether that belief is justified or not matters little,
vain morning glories… like dutiful roses offered
without regard, thought or feeling we’d so peddle
to abrogate and vindicate the life we say we now
enjoy, thinly veiled bowers of a dungeon paradise,
less ambitious to seek relief and assistance of
another… obliged to squander life’s unfitted vice.
Romans 1:28 KJV And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
“Light was come into the world, but men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil; for he that doeth evil hateth the light.” The truth was not to their taste. And we all know how soon a man will contrive, against the strongest evidence, to reason himself out of the belief of what he dislikes. But a man cannot be brought to greater slavery than to be given up to his own lusts.
Land . . . married–to Jehovah as its Lord and Husband: implying not only ownership, but protection on the part of the Owner.
Isaiah 3:9 KJV The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
Romans 6:12 KJV Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Romans 7:17 KJV Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
1 Corinthians 6:18 KJV Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
A state of apostasy is worse than a state of ignorance.
Cursing and covetousness, as in Balaam’s case, often go together: the curse he designed for Israel fell on Israel’s foes and on himself. True believers bless, and curse not, and so are blessed.
son of Bosor–the same as Beor ( Numbers 22:5 ). This word was adopted, perhaps, because the kindred word Basar means flesh; and Balaam is justly termed son of carnality, as covetous, and the enticer of Israel to lust.
Manifested forth his glory–Nothing in the least like this is said of the miracles of prophet or apostle, nor could without manifest blasphemy be said of any mere creature. Observe, (1) At a marriage Christ made His first public appearance in any company, and at a marriage He wrought His first miracle–the noblest sanction that could be given to that God-given institution. (2) As the miracle did not make bad good, but good better, so Christianity only redeems, sanctifies, and ennobles the beneficent but abused institution of marriage; and Christ’s whole work only turns the water of earth into the wine of heaven.
gospel–neither so late as when “the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul” ( Acts 13:2 ), nor so early as when “separated from his mother’s womb” the same time to the faith and the apostleship of Christ ( Acts 26:16-18 ).
of God–that is, the Gospel of which God is the glorious Author. (So Romans 15:16 , 1 Thessalonians 2:2 1 Thessalonians 2:8 1 Thessalonians 2:9 , 1 Peter 4:17 ).
Faith is all in all, both in the beginning and progress of Christian life. It is not from faith to works, as if faith put us into a justified state, and then works kept us in it; but it is all along from faith to faith; it is faith pressing forward, and gaining the victory over unbelief.
for obedience to the faith–rather, “for the obedience of faith”–that is, in order to men’s yielding themselves to the belief of God’s saving message, which is the highest of all obedience.
for his name–that He might be glorified.
The Lord Jesus will complete his work, and he never will forsake one whom he has redeemed and sanctified.
Sought out—Sought after and highly prized by Jehovah; answering to “not forsaken” in the parallel clause; no longer abandoned, but loved; image from a wife ( Isaiah 62:4 , Jeremiah 30:14 ).
the Lamb’s wife–in contrast to her who sat on many waters ( Revelation 17:1 ), (that is, intrigued with many peoples and nations of the world, instead of giving her undivided affections, as the Bride does, to the Lamb.
“Not wishing to “lord it over their faith,” but rather to be a “helper of their joy,” the apostle [Paul] corrects his former expressions: my desire is to instruct you and do you good, that is, for us to instruct and do one another good: in giving I shall also receive.” “Nor is he insincere in so speaking, for there is none so poor in the Church of Christ who may not impart to us something of value: it is only our malignity and pride that hinder us from gathering such fruit from every quarter”
Is it the church lacking the vitality of the Gospel’s message, adhering to what should be done, and not watching the signs of the times that is ‘left behind?’
When the Bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut–They are sensible of their past folly; they have taken good advice: they are in the act of getting what alone they lacked: a very little more, and they also are ready. But the Bridegroom comes; the ready are admitted; “the door is shut,” and they are undone. How graphic and appalling this picture of one almost saved–but lost!
Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us–In Matthew 7:22 this reiteration of the name was an exclamation rather of surprise; here it is a piteous cry of urgency, bordering on despair. Ah! now at length their eyes are wide open, and they realize all the consequences of their past folly.
John 8:11 KJV She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.