The Unison Reading for next Lord’s Day is taken from Ephesians 5, which continues the theme of the Call to
Worship we looked at yesterday. Yesterday, we read of the vision of John the Revelator, who saw the Bride of Christ
coming to be with her Christ in the remade creation. Today, we read Paul, who interrupts his teaching on marriage to
remind us what future reality lies behind earthly marriage.
 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. (ESV)
In this section of Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians, he has mostly moved on from the soaring heights of theology he
proclaimed in the early chapters and has moved on to more applied instruction. But, he shows that even in more
“practical” matters, everything comes back to theology. Everything is ultimately about God and what He is doing. As Paul
notes elsewhere, “all things were created through Christ and for Christ”. So also marriage is about Christ.
It is not good for man to be alone. It is painful for a man to be separated, alone, apart from company. It is often
painful for a man to be without a wife or a woman to be without a husband. Extended solitary confinement is a method of
torture in prisons. Yet worse than all these is our separation from God. It is not good for man to be alone. But since
Adam’s sin, man has been alone, no longer walking in the immediate presence of his God. This separation is not only
painful, but is spiritual death. As solitary confinement drives a man insane, the man separated from God follows the
insane demands of the world, the flesh, and the Devil to rebel against the living God.
Like the Old Testament sacrifices that pointed to Christ, marriage is a type, a shadow pointing us to the future
reality. The reality is that Christ is reconciling men to Himself so that we no longer have to be alone. Now in part,
and fully at His return, we are with Him and He with us. No longer shall we suffer the pains of loneliness or broken
relationships. No longer must we accede to the insanity of sin, but we may be with our true companion who has defeated
death on our behalf.