“Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife and they shall be one flesh” Genesis 2:24
I have associated with some athletes who had the title Most Valuable Player-MVP. I had the privilege of marrying a couple that had been MVPs in their respective sports. Their wedding sermon was entitled MVP, and through the sermon, I presented another use of MVP as Marriage Vantage Point. They, and all husbands and wives, are to be reminded that they are “one flesh.” As “one flesh,” husband and wife benefit as they approach all situations from a marriage vantage point; putting aside their previous vantage points as single people. Throughout the ages there have been multitudes of practices developed to help husband and wife to be “one flesh.”
The Apostle Paul quotes this Genesis two passage. It is Divinely applied with “This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the Church” (Ephesians 5:31-32). Christians are one with Jesus Christ; “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body…” (1 Corinthians 12:13). Christians share a oneness with God. Christ prayed “for those who will believe in Me through their word (the Apostles’ teaching), that they may all be one; just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You…” (John 17:20-21).
Christ does--and the Church shall--approach all situations from a marriage vantage point because “Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her, that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by 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” (Eph. 5:25-27). Those of the Church put aside the previous vantage point as a single person who is sinful from conception (Psalm 51:5), “by nature children of wrath” (Eph. 2:3) and “dead in the trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1). Praise God that He claims us and becomes one with us. Christians are carried along, as cleansed, sanctified, and loved by God. Those of the Church also put aside the “me, myself, and I” first vantage point by having the vantage point that God is first. Herein, we Christians are incessantly harassed by the devil, the world, and our own sinful nature, all of which tempt us back to the “me, myself, and I” vantage point.
For those who are married, or witnessed other that are married, it is evident that a healthy marriage takes work. There is a “marriage” where the Husband rescued the wife from sure death. He then “cleansed her,” so that she was presented “holy and with without blemish.” This couple together set up a system to pause during their week to remind each other of their love for one another as they share and give to each other. And certainly, they still are with each other daily, approaching every situation with a marriage vantage point.
Christians, this is our story. Christ has rescued us, cleansed us to be holy and without blemish. He allows us to develop practices according to His Word for our weekly pause and distribution of gifts. Surely Jesus Christ is with His Bride, the Church “always, to the end of the age.” We are blessed that Christ has a marriage vantage point for His Bride, the Church.
The Lord be with you,