Five Minute Friday: celebrate

An apt word, this weekend, as it’s a celebrating weekend: a wedding shower tomorrow, my first official event as bride-to-be.

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There are all kinds of good reasons to celebrate weddings, but there are a few things we keep in view in the midst of the celebration:

  1. Marriage isn’t eternal: it’s lifelong, Lord willing, but it’s a pre-glorification institution.
  2. Marriage isn’t about marriage: it points to a post-glorification reality, Christ and His church. That’s not an accident; God created it to do that.

With these things in view, I came across 2 Corinthians 3:11 this week: “For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.” In this passage, Paul is talking about how the law — “what was being brought to an end” — is a type and a shadow pointing to righteousness in Christ — “what is permanent.” But it also applies to marriage, another thing which is being brought to an end, to be supplanted by something permanent.

Oh, and we do celebrate marriage, and it comes with glory, and I am astounded to think, if this shadow is this glorious, how glorious our forever-union with Christ is going to be.

Cause to celebrate? Yes.

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Linking up with Kate Motaung for her Five Minute Friday prompt, celebrate. (And, astonishingly, on Friday!) Click the “celebrate” button above to visit her site.

©2015 by Stacy Nott

Five Minute Friday (on Monday): find

So I find it to be a law, Paul says, that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.

Sin is crouching at your door, the LORD warned Cain. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.

You must rule over sin. But you are enslaved to sin, sold and law-bound to keep on sinning, and how is a slave to rule over his master?

He must be set free.

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! 

Crucified with Christ, the body of sin is brought to nothing, for one who has died has been set free from sin.

Thus we live and walk, no longer slaves of sin, but sons of Almighty God, set free from the law of sin and death, declared righteous, loved with a love from which nothing can separate.

Oh, yes, evil lies close at hand, but there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

I find this to be good news, indeed.

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Today I link up with Kate Motaung and her Five Minute flash mob of writers, writing on her prompt, find. Click the image above to visit her site.

©2015 by Stacy Nott

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