God’s beautiful plan for marriage – Ephesians 5:25-27

This is likely my last post until next week. Not so much because of the holidays, but because I will be traveling to attend the wedding of my oldest daughter. Our world, under the controlling influences of Satan, is doing its best to destroy God’s beautiful institution of marriage. But, thankfully the truth of God’s plan for marriage remains clear because He made it clear in the Scriptures from the very beginning:

Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him….So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh (Gen 2:18, 21-24).

Jesus affirmed God’s plan for marriage on numerous occasions (Matthew 19:3-4, Mark 10:6-9, among others). The love of a marriage is also a model of Christ’s love for the church as in Ephesians 5:25-27:

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.

So, my hopes and prayers will be that the marriage of my daughter and my new son-in-law will conform to God’s plan for marriage. However, I know all too well that Satan, the sinful world, and even their own sinful natures will try to destroy it. Satan does not want a beautiful, loving, holy marriage because it just might remind people of Christ’s love for sinners. And Satan hates that. So, they need those prayers all the more.

They will also need the Gospel—every day. Not just to save them from the wrath of God, but to remind them that their sins are forgiven, and therefore they are called to forgive the sins of their spouse. They need Christ’s love so they can love each other as God intended. It’s a beautiful plan for marriage, because it was God’s perfect plan from the beginning. Praise God!

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