What strikes the reader is both that this is a ‘one flesh’ relationship, and also that it is a ‘one flesh’ relationship. A ‘one flesh’ union is unparalleled in human relationships, which argues for the uniqueness of the marital bond – a point already established. But, additionally, any union defined in terms of flesh must be acknowledged to be less than ultimate in nature. It extends for the full length of this mortal life, but it cannot transcend this life. Marriage, therefore, is the deepest human relationship, but not even this relationship qualifies as a final experience… There comes a day when every married man, stripped of everything he cherishes in this life, must let go even of his beloved wife’s hand. Marriage is profound, but not ultimate.
The marriage relationship is transparent to God’s purposes on a larger scale… no other relationship within the family so fully mirrors God’s purposes in the universe.
– J.P. Sampley, And the Two, 149, cited by Pete T. O’Brien, Letter to the Ephesians, Pillar New Testament Commentary, Ed. D.A. Carson (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999), 411.
Spring has sprung. And the hearts of young women now turn to what the hearts of young men have been thinking of all year.
– Dr. Sigler a la Dr. Peterman
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“Jesus did not throw the gospel out into the world, hoping that someone would respond to it . . . on the glorious day when the wheat is gathered into the barns, there will be no one in heaven maintaining that Christ died to bring in the chaff and weeds as well, and wondering out loud why it did not happen” (Back to Basics, p. 47).