Marriage: the Profound Mystery
 
STUDY 1
In the Beginning
STUDY 2
Paradise Lost
STUDY 3
God's Covenant Love
STUDY 4
Greatest Love Song
STUDY 5
Bridegroom arrives
STUDY 6
Profound Mystery
STUDY 7
Marriage of the Lamb

STUDY 6: PROFOUND MYSTERY

Study 6: The Profound Mystery

Marriage – The Profound Mystery

 

A seven-part biblical study on marriage from the Assembly of Confessing Congregations Discipleship and Evangelism Commission

Watch the Video below and then either in a group or as an individual reflect on the questions below. 

Study 6 - The Profound Mystery (Marriage in Paul’s Letters)

 

1)  Read 1 Cor 6:13. The body is meant for the Lord (now).

 

It is his, and we are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 3:16). In 1 Cor 6:15 Paul says not be joined to a prostitute as we are in Christ and He in us. We were created for sex in the context of marriage and anything else is sin.

 

How does this make a difference to our thinking?

 

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2) In 1 Cor 7:3-5 we are told that the bodies of the husband and wife belong to each other – they are one flesh.

 

What does this mean to those who are married and to how those outside of that marriage view them?

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3) Bonheoffer says that we should never relate to anyone directly but only ‘through God’.

 

This applies to marriage also. Thus the only path to true love between a husband and wife is through Jesus Christ.

 

How do you think this works out practically?

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4) Paul gives three examples of Spirit-filled submission in relationships out of reverence for Christ:

 

Wives and husbands, children and parents, and slaves and masters.

 

How does the Holy Spirit make such loving submission possible?

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5) Read Eph 5:22-33. Christ’s love for the church is the ground and measure of the husband’s love for his wife.

 

There is a great responsibility placed on husbands here. The husband is to have the same measure of love that Christ had for his church, not sparing himself for her; giving himself up for her. Christ’s intention is that the church be glorious; a husband’s intention is that his wife be glorified and praised (Pro 31:30- 31). It is clear from Pro 31 that the husband being head of his wife does not mean stifling her. The husband is free to give great freedom to his wife, just as Christ glorifies the church. Submitting to each other means submitting to the needs of the other. This is mutual, and all out of reverence for Christ. To love your wife is to submit to her needs.

 

In this passage, how do you see the responsibility of husbands and wives?

 

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6) Paul quotes Gen 2 as a prediction/description of Christ’s love for the church.

 

The ‘profound mystery’ (In Eph 5:32) is referring to more than just Ephesians 5, but to the whole flow of Scripture about God’s great plan for creation and humanity.

 

Try to express this profound mystery in your own words.

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