A Theology of Marriage

My preaching about relationships and mirroring the image of God in all our relationships has caused me to look again at marriage and what God intended for marriages. While I don’t have space or expertise to give you “The Theology of Marriage,” I certainly can give you a few very important teachings about marriage in Scripture.

Here are some things we all need to know and appropriate into our lives.

First, marriage is an express act of God. He created marriage, and He did so before sin entered the world. Also, before sin entered, He told the man and woman to be fruitful and multiply. Therefore, the beautiful gift of intimacy predated the rebellion of the man and woman.

Second, marriage involves leaving and cleaving. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).

I often talk to an engaged or newly married couple about their little family and how precious it is. God made it precious. He created us to leave father and mother and to stick to our spouse. This is God’s plan, and it is a beautiful plan.

Third, marriage is between one man and one woman for a lifetime. This is God’s plan found in Genesis 2:24. Jesus and Paul both referred to this plan. When Jesus was asked about divorce or marriage, He took those who asked back to Genesis. This good plan which God designed should be our plan as well.

While we grieve for those who struggle, we must accept God’s plan for the people He created.

Fourth, our marriages in mysterious ways reveal the beautiful relationship of Christ and His church. As we struggle to care for our spouses, we see how Christ cares for the church. As we experience the intimacy of marriage, we remind the world of the love Christ has for the church and the love the church has for Christ.

 

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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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