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I was made this way (2)

There’s something else embedded in man’s DNA beside the marriage relationship.  It’s isn’t as obvious.  In fact, Paul speaks of it as “a profound mystery,” (5:32).  (You can take a look at 3:2-6 to get a sense of how he uses the word mystery).

In Ephesians 5:22-33, Paul gives instructions to husbands and wives.  He compares the husband-wife relationship to that between Christ and the church.  From there, he moves on to speak of husbands and wives as one body (v. 28-29), just as Christians are part of the body of Christ (v. 30).  He then quotes Genesis 2:24 ("For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.").  But unlike the Genesis account, he isn’t referring to the husband-wife relationship.  Instead, he has in mind to the relationship between Christ and the church.  We know this because he tells us in the next verse when he says, This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church,” (v. 32).

The antecedent to “For this reason . . .,” is the statement, “We are members of his body,” (v. 30).  If you put them together, Paul is saying Christ left His Father so that we might become members of His body (the church)!  This was God’s intent even before creation (1:4), and His creation of humans as male and female so that the man leaves his family to unite with his wife is meant to picture Jesus leaving His Father to seek out the church (His wife).  There it is, stamped into our DNA at creation – we were made for relationship with Christ!

With this in mind, you can see how marriage and church run on parallel tracks:  both are relational, both involve oneness, but most of all; man was made with both of these relationships in mind.  Look closely at our creation and you’ll see that we’re made for marriage.  Look more deeply and you’ll see we’re made for relationship with Christ.  As Paul would have it, the first prophecy of Jesus is not Genesis 3:15 but 2:24.  The roots of our redemption are in our creation.  We were created with Christ in mind!

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