Bible Reading Ephesians 5:25-32.
I have conducted a number of weddings in all the eastern states of Australia including the weddings of two of my daughters. Soon, I will be conducting another daughter's wedding. These weddings have helped me realize that Entire Sanctification is like Biblical marriage in several ways. God's Word says, "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify and cleanse it...that it should be holy and without blemish." (Ephesians 5:25-27 NIV) Christ's loving relationship with His Church is likened to the love relationship of bridegroom and bride.
Before a loving relationship can occur, we first must become aware that the other person likes us. In the Christian faith, when we become aware that the Lord is wooing us, we call it "prevenient grace."
If this awareness grows into love and commitment in Biblical betrothal, then we have a beautiful picture of salvation. Each person is promised to the other in a covenant of love. (A study of "Biblical betrothal" shows that this covenant of love is much stronger and more binding that today's "engagement.")
In due course, Biblical betrothal is fulfilled in Biblical marriage. And, likewise, the entire sanctification relationship is the fulfilment of the salvation relationship.
The betrothal and wedding are definite moments of commitment. Marriage only starts at the altar. There is the complete yielding of each to the other in the bond of love. For this marriage relationship to mature as God has planned, there must be growth in depth and richness. In the Christian life, growth can only occur after these moments of definite commitment and the grace of God is applied to our hearts.
What a picture of Christ's sacrificial love and what a picture of our being yielded to Him in Calvary love. I do recommend both Biblical Marriage and Entire Sanctification!
By Rev. L. Enderby