Friday, February 03, 2006
The Perfect Marriage
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:31-32)
Yesterday, we looked at the perfect wife. So I figured, why not follow that up with a look at the perfect marriage? Following is one of my favorite quotations from Martin Luther, taken from his Freedom of the Christian published in 1520:
Faith unites the soul with Christ as a bride is united with her bridegroom. By this mystery, as the apostle teaches, Christ and the soul become one flesh (Ephesians 5.31-2) and if they are one flesh and there is between them a true marriage – indeed the most perfect of all marriages, since human marriages are but poor examples of this one true marriage – it follows that they have everything in common, good as well as the evil. Accordingly the believing soul can boast of, and glory in, whatever Christ has as though it were his own. Let us compare these and we shall see inestimable benefits. Christ is full of grace, life, and salvation. The soul is full of sins, death and damnation. Now let faith come between them, and sins, death and damnation will be Christ’s, while grace, life and salvation will be the soul’s; for if Christ is the bridegroom, he must take upon himself the things which are his bride’s and bestow upon her the things that are his.
Some call such an exchange "marrying up." I can't help but think that if we really believe this today, we will experience a kind of peace rarely found in our busy world.
Posted by Ken at 6:58 AM