Summary: The Qualifications of a marriage. Part 1 of 3 part sermon on the state of marriage.

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Justified, Qualified, Glorified. This sermon is considering these three words in marriage. The scripture is perfectly clear on marriage, between a man and a woman. All else is sin and an abomination in the sight of God. First lets look at the Biblical meaning of each word. Justified, (E.B.D.) As regards its nature, it is the judicial act of God, by which he pardons all the sins of those who believe in Christ, and accounts, accepts, and treats them as righteous in the eye of the law, i.e., as conformed to all its demands. In addition to the pardon (q.v.) of sin, justification declares that all the claims of the law are satisfied in respect of the justified. Qualified, (Webster) One who, by his services or actions, will or may justly obtain preferment or reward, or whose conduct tends to secure it; as a candidate for praise.

A man who is qualified according to the rules of the church, to preach the gospel, and take the charge of a parish or religious society, and proposes to settle in the ministry.

One who is in a state of trial or probation for a reward, in another life; as a candidate for heaven or for eternity.

Glorified (Webster) this word has been used in an ill sense, but seems now correctly restricted to the sense here given, and implying something great, rare or excellent, in the object admired.

To regard with affection; a familiar term for to love greatly.

ADMI’RE, v.i. To wonder; to be affected with slight surprise; sometimes with at; as, to admire at his own contrivance.

To admire at sometimes implies disapprobation.

Gal 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Rom 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Lets take this one word at a time, first, Qualified. To be qualified in Gods Word for marriage, there must be an acceptance of the Law of Moses & The New Testament Law of Grace. Now I know that there may be some here that say that, “Jesus did away with the Law.” Actually you would be wrong. He fulfilled it. Marriage in the Old Testament Law did not change when Jesus Fulfilled the Law. It was brought forward. The Bible states, that, God changes not. So if we believe Gods word, then, Sin in the beginning is still sin today, an abomination to God in the Old Testament is an abomination in the New. Sin hasn’t changed, mankind changed. These are just a few passages to show what we mean. Lev 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Lev 20:12-13 And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them. If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

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