There is no prenuptial agreement in the Kingdom of God because the believer essentially gets everything God has to give.
A prenuptial agreement, or premarital agreement, is a contract entered into prior to marriage which commonly includes provisions for division of property and spousal support in the event of divorce or breakup of a marriage. They may also include terms for the forfeiture of assets as a result of divorce on the grounds of adultery. Oftentimes celebrities who have a lot of money sign these as a form of divorce insurance designed to protect them from the worst effects of a divorce.
I was thinking of how these types of things involve the assumption that the agreement won’t last and something needs to be in place “just in case” a divorce or separation happens.
Celebrities tend to do this to make sure the person they’re marrying isn’t going to divorce them in a few years and take a lot of money–more than what they entered into the relationship with. If they do divorce, then the other party won’t be able to make off with a small fortune. That’s not the motive for everybody who signs such an agreement, but it’s too common. It’s like a way of dividing the assets from a marriage.
When people marry, God never intended it to end in no-fault divorce. It’s a commitment for life. Not only that but when a man and woman become one, they both share everything. For example, if the husband has $1 million dollars and the wife has nothing when they marry, they now both have that one million dollars. It doesn’t mean it’s split in half and one has $500,000 and the other has $500,000. They both share the same thing.
Christian, you are united in Christ. If you have been united with Him in death, you will be united with Him in resurrection (Romans 6:5). That’s powerful, since through death and resurrection He’s conquered everything, and we ‘get the benefit of it.’ We have nothing to offer him in this agreement but our humble and contrite acceptance that on our own we could never measure up to His standards, for all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 6:23).
When we come to accept this and accept Him as our savior, He makes us what He is;
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor 5:21, New International Version)
God brought into the union his assets of sinlessness and His own righteousness, that when a believer becomes united with Him, he receives everything God has to give.
We are now seated in the heavenly realms with Him (Ephesians 2:6) because that’s where He’s currently positioned.
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” (Romans 5:1-2, NIV)
We come into this “agreement” with access, through faith, to everything that God has and is.
Think about these things for a moment.
The marriage act and relationship in the natural realm is a reflection of the mystery of the spiritual marriage of Christ and His Church in the spiritual realm.
He has made you holy
I hear some preachers preach over and over again that because Christ is coming back for a spotless Bride, we need to repent of this and that and make ourselves Holy.
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.” (Revelation 22:14, NIV)
Friend, you don’t cleanse yourself as some would erroneously have you believe. You are made whole by the blood of the Lamb. I teach this about the redemptive act of Christ on the Cross for both physical healing as I do about the salvation of the whole person. The instant you received Jesus Christ and accepted his marriage proposal–if you will– you became His.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9, NIV emphasis mine)
We no longer have a “human” nature so to speak, as I often hear weak or young believers say who struggle with fleshly desires. “Well Steve, we’re all human.” We are only human before Christ transformed us! We now have a divine Christlike nature. Stop thinking about whatever mistake you made recently and realize that when you were adopted into Christ’s family, you have received all the benefits that Christ Himself has.
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. (1 John 3:2-3)
When Christ appears, He’s not going to lower the standard and become like us so that we’re equal. No, we’re going to be like him. Because you are His, He’s going to make sure you’re presentable on that final day.
Because we’re His! That passage from John left on its own can give the illusion that we can purify ourselves. In the whole counsel of Scripture, we see that we can’t do it on our own.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (Ephesians 5:25-27, NIV, emphasis mine)
Why? Because He freely gave it to us. There’s nothing we do by our own efforts to receive it from God. He did it all. He is going to bring to completion what He started.
So to tie this all up to the idea of a way of dividing assets if you want to divorce yourself from Him and turn back to your worldly ways?
Well, you get more than nothing.
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10:26-31, NIV)
Happy Valentine’s Day!