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Random Selections: A Great Mystery (Denny Burk)

This random selection (odd page, final paragraph) is from What Is the Meaning of Sex? by Denny Burk.


God did not create marriage as an end unto itself. It exists not to tell its own story but to tell the story of Jesus’s marriage to the church. So Paul explains in [Ephesians 5:32], “This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.” Here Paul identifies Genesis 2:24 as a reference to Christ and the church. This would not have been easy to see for the first readers of Genesis 2:24, but Paul is saying that the connection is clear now that the gospel has been revealed. The key to this text is to understand the word mystery. In common English parlance, mystery denotes something that is hidden and unknown, but that is not how Paul uses this word. A mystery in Paul’s vocabulary is something that was once hidden under the old covenant but that has now been made known through the gospel (see Rom. 16:25; 1 Cor. 2:1, 7; 4:1; Eph. 1:9). The accent is on that which is revealed, not on that which is concealed. The great mystery is that from the very beginning God intended marriage to be a depiction of the gospel. Marriage exists to manifest the glory of Christ’s redemptive love for his bride. Thus each and every marriage is supposed to be an enacted parable of the gospel. Husbands are to love their brides in such a way that people can see Christ’s love for his church. Wives are to submit to their husbands in such a way that the world can see the loveliness of Christ reflected in the obedience of his bride. In this way, God intends marriage to symbolize the gospel.

What Is the Meaning of Sex? (Crossway, 2013), 105–106.

Posted 2019·06·03 by David Kjos
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