“‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the
church” – Ephesians 5:31-32.
You might have read in a previous post about when these words “become one flesh” were first used. It was in the context of a marriage, so how can the church be “one flesh” with Jesus Christ?
As I asked that question, Jesus’ prayer before His death came to my mind. “I pray also for those who will believe in Me” says Jesus, “… that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You” – John 17:20-21. That’s what it means to be one with Jesus – His Spirit lives in us. He’s part of us – not a physical oneness (as in marriage), but spiritual; and as Christians, we’re part of one another (Romans 12:5).
In the Old Testament, there are lots of pointers to Jesus, and to what God has planned for the future. Could it be that marriage is also like that – a temporary thing on this earth, pointing to a spiritual truth that’s everlasting? No wonder that when He spoke about eternity, Jesus said people would neither marry nor be given in marriage: They won’t need to. They’ll be where temporary things have vanished away, and what remains will last forever.