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What Is Marriage Dedication?
For Whom And Why?
Marriage Dedication is about resetting the foundation of an existing union, in lieu of a biblical/ministerial or church-based marriage at the inception of the union. It is bringing God the Honour due to His name and restoring that honour to a marriage (Heb 13:4; 1 Sam 2:30; Gen 1:27-28; 1 Cor 10:31).
Though not a marriage ceremony, it is spiritually very significant for such couples. It is biblically the setting apart of an existing marriage by dedicating the parties and their union to God. It is a desire generated within the consciences of a couple which demonstrates a humble recognition and acknowledgement (and not of denial) of what was spiritually missing between the couple and God at the start of their marriage.
Marriage is an honourable estate instituted by God in the garden of Eden. It signifies the kind of mystery that we find in the union between Christ and His Church (Eph 5:31-32). Yet, not all couples have had the opportunity to be biblically blessed at inception.
In Sum, A Marriage Dedication Is:
(1) A biblical ordinance that recreates the missed opportunity for a biblical or church-based marriage (Heb 13:4) through the principle of divine restoration (Joe 2:25; Zech 9:12; Acts 3:20-21).
(2) A means by which the Church meets those conscience-based needs: to bless before God, dedicate to His glory before witnesses, so the Lord restores honour through His presence in the Service. (3) A fulfilment by couples of all righteousness and conscience towards God and man. The scriptures speak of a destroyed foundation (Ps 11:13; 1 Tim 6:11) that can weaken the Believers’ conscience and journey (Acts 24:16; 1 Tim 1:19; 1 Peter 3:16). So also is Christian-conduct, which requires that Believers fulfil all righteousness and be careful to maintain good works (Matt 3:15; Titus 3:10). Even more so, that when they preach to others, their testimony as Christians will stand the test of both time and opposition.
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