Ephesians 5:22-31 gives us the most detailed, doctrinal and devotional instruction on Christian marriage in the New Testament. It is all posited on a stated parallel between the marriage union and the union between Christ and His people.
Why does Paul liken marriage to the union between Christ and His Church?
Malachi 2:14-15 gives us an insight into the true answer. In context, the Lord was condemning betrayal and unfaithfulness, esp. in marriage.
Despite a variety of explanations of v.15, the main lessons remain clear. Malachi gives three fundamental ideas that parallel the union of Christ and His Church.
Dr. Alan Cairns served for 25 years as pastor of Faith Free Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC, before retiring and being named Pastor Emeritus in 2007. Prior to coming to the United States, he pastored Free Presbyterian churches in Dunmurry and Ballymoney, in Co. Antrim,...