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Marriage Portrays the Magnificent

June 14, 2007
Recieved this as part of a longer email from DG. I had to read it several times to let it resound in my heart and mind. (I didn’t come up with it myself Kathy). I hope you guys don’t mind the posts because i’m trying to make it a habit. As always, your thoughts (in comment or post form) are welcomed and wanted.

“The key passage has been Ephesians 5:23-25: “The husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Don’t be so familiar with this that it doesn’t strike you as amazing. Where in all the world would anyone talk about marriage this way? In three verses, he says it three times:

  • Verse 23: marriage: even as Christ is the head of the church.
  • Verse 24: marriage: as the church submits to Christ.
  • Verse 25: marriage: as Christ loved the church.

What is the most important meaning of marriage? It is found in the words: “as Christ . . . as the church . . . as Christ.” The ultimate meaning of marriage is not in marriage itself. It is not in the husband and not in the wife and not in the offspring. The ultimate meaning of marriage is in: “as Christ,” “as the church,” “as Christ.” Marriage is a magnificent thing because it is modeled on something magnificent and points to something magnificent. And the love that binds this man and woman in marriage is a magnificent love because it portrays something magnificent—“as Christ loved the church” and “as the church submits to Christ.” The greatness of marriage is not in itself. The greatness of marriage is that it displays something unspeakably great, Christ and the church.

Jeffrey

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kathy Henson permalink
    June 14, 2007 2:35 am

    great! (even though you didn’t come up with it all on your own!)

  2. Devin Henson permalink*
    June 14, 2007 2:02 pm

    That’s a great point. I guess the tough thing about marraige is that Christ loves us unconditionally because he’s Christ, and we can have confidence in Christ because, well, he’s perfect. It would be hard for men to submit to Christ if he wasn’t perfect, just like it is probably difficult to submit to an imperfect husband. But, by the grace of God, He ‘vouches’ for the men. He says, this is what I want you to do, even if it doesn’t make sense (he seems to do that a lot, doesn’t He?).
    I think when Godly men show submission to Christ, they are showing their faith and trust in God. When Godly wives show submission, it is truly a sign of their faith and trust in God, which only serves to lift up and encourage their husbands. Believe me… I’ve seen it myself and in you guys 😉

  3. Kathy Henson permalink
    June 14, 2007 5:08 pm

    Nicely said Devin!

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