Marriage series #7: Intimacy Found
God has answered our heart’s cry for love and intimacy by providing His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to be our Saviour from sin. Salvation opens the door to true intimacy with God and with His family. The Bible describes salvation as coming to the knowledge of the truth. I Timothy 2:4. It is more than objective, impersonal theological knowledge. It is a personal, intimate knowledge of God.
Jesus said in John 17:3 “And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.” Paul expressed his desire for a growing intimate knowledge of God in Philippians 3:10 “That I might know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death.” This knowledge increases as we learn to walk with God. Colossians1:10″That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing; being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
You can enjoy intimacy with Christ.
Just before Jesus went to the cross to die for our sins, He met in the upper room with His disciples. The conversation is recorded in John 14-17. Here Jesus explained that after His return to Heaven He was going to send His Holy Spirit who would actually live in the believer. This is what enables us to have a deeper, more intimate relationship with Christ than the disciples ever experienced when He walked with them on earth.
Because God is the author of sex and marriage and because He has given us His Holy Spirit, Christians can experience a depth of intimacy in marriage that unbelievers will never know.
What about Heaven? Will there by intimacy in Heaven?
Absolutely! The intimacy will be beyond anything we can experience on this earth. Jesus said in Matthew 22:23-30 that there will be no marriage in Heaven. Will we be male and female? I believe so. Jesus met with His disciples in His resurrected body and He appeared to them as a man. He had flesh and bones, but no blood. Luke 24:39 and John20:27In His glorified body He could pass through closed doors. John20:26 The Bible tells us in Philippians3:20-21 that our glorified bodies will be just like His.
In Heaven there will be no temptation, no sin, no failure, no heartache no sickness, no death. All of that, as well as Satan himself, will be banished from Heaven forever. Revelation 21:4
In our glorified, sinless bodies we will all enjoy a perfect, pure love and intimacy that is beyond our imagination. “For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then shall I know even as also I am known.” I Corinthians13:12 Imagine; perfect, pure intimacy with one another forever! May you experience the intimacy of walking with God now and forever.
Intimacy with your Spouse
Unsaved couples can experience physical sexual relationships and even experience a degree of emotional closeness; but it does not begin to match the emotional oneness of a married Christian couple. For the married Christian couple living in fellowship with Christ, the sexual relationship is actually a worship experience itself as we give glory and praise to God during the experience itself.
I believe the intimacy of a Christian husband and wife is a type. a picture, a foretaste of the eternal perfection and joy that every Christian, male and female, will enjoy with Christ in perfection in Heaven forever.
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