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32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

 

We have studied verses (vv. 23 to 29) where God presents marriage as a picture of the church’s relation to Christ. Jesus is the Bridegroom and the church is the bride.

32 This is a great mystery,

The relationship of Christ to the church is a mystery. The Greek word for “mystery” does not mean mystical. A mystery is a truth not previously disclosed but discovered by revelation. The church was not a known entity in the Old Testament but was revealed to Paul in the New Testament (chapter three).

but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Our marriage reflects the union between Christ and the church.

PRINCIPLE:

The bond between Christ and the church should be the closest in all human relationships.

APPLICATION:

A good biblical marriage is not simply the union of body with body but of soul with soul. It is the meeting of mind and emotions between husband and wife. The loving relationship of Christ to the church is a paradigm for the husband to love his wife.

Marriage is not simply a male and female rooming together. Biblically, it is a blending of two souls together where they become one. What hurts one hurts the other.

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