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BCC Staff Note: This blog is the fifth article of a six-part series on the BCC Grace and Truth website addressing relationships.
After several years of marriage it is easy to forget the nature of marriage. Often after the 10-year mark (sometimes earlier), marriage has devolved into something less than what God intended it to be. If this sounds familiar, I hope the four points that follow will help you to refocus and refresh your marriage.
Marriage - Union - Covenant - Garden - Eden
Marriage is a union that is created by making a covenant. In the Garden of Eden, God joined Adam and Eve together in marriage, and they were united in marriage without reference to a covenant. In Ephesians 5:32, having spoken of the roles of husbands and wives, Paul says that this mystery refers to Christ and the church. Which mystery is he referring to? He is referring to marriage, which is embodied in his quotation of Genesis 2:24 in the previous verse (Ephesians 5:31).
Specifically, Paul is arguing that the relationship between the husband and wife mirrors the relationship between Christ and the church. The nature of the relationship between both Christ and the church and the husband and wife is a union. While we make a covenant to create the marriage union in a fallen world, the covenant serves to maintain the union, not the other way around.
Implications - Marriage - Covenant - Parties - Things
This has significant implications for marriage. In a covenant, the two parties agree to do certain things for a mutually beneficial outcome. In marriage, the mutually beneficial outcome is to create a union. A union is a specific kind of relationship in which the individuals are not working for their own benefit, or for their partner’s felt needs or stated desires, but both individuals are working for the benefit of the union itself.
In other words, a union is something...
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