• Thursday, October 14, 2010

  • Southern Seminary’s Jim Hamilton has posted online his excellent essay, The Mystery of Marriage, from For the Fame of God’s Name: Essays in Honor of John Piper.

    Here is the opening paragraph, which provides a preview of the essay:

    Marriage holds a unique place in all the Bible: what else joins two image-bearers together as one, serves as a key concept for understanding the relationship between Yahweh and Israel then Christ and the church, and consequently affords to every married couple the opportunity to live out the gospel? God sets himself on display in marriage, which means that God shows his glory in marriage. Thus, the thesis of this essay is that marriage exists as a unique display of God’s glory.

    In order to establish and exposit this thesis we will look first at the way that marriage joins two persons in the likeness of God as one.

    From there the second section explores the way that Yahweh’s relationship to Israel is treated as a marriage, and the third section of this essay will examine the way that marriage exists to portray the relationship between Christ and the church.

    The final section will look at marriages as mini-dramas of the gospel.

    This is a rich biblical-theological reflection, well worth reading. You can read the entire chapter at this site: or better yet, purchase the book, For the Fame of God’s Name: Essays in Honor of John Piper.


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