15th January, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: MARRIAGE - A GREAT MYSTERY!
Ephesians 5:31-33 KJV
 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.  Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
We discovered in our previous devotion that marriage is primarily for companionship, for purposeful living. There must be a purpose for which the man and his wife come together as companions; for where there is no purpose, abuse is inevitable!
As both husband and wife pursue a purpose for living together as companions, the more the husband loves his wife, the more the wife loves him back. Likewise, the more the wife gives reverence or respects the husband by submitting to him, the more the husband honours her both privately and publicly. In other words, marriage is built on mutual love and respect.
This is the exact picture our theme Scripture seeks to paint. Apostle Paul was talking about a man leaving his father and mother and becoming one flesh with his wife, in one breadth, and in another breadth, he starts talking about Christ and the Church.
Then, he swiftly turns back to the subject of husband loving his wife, even as himself, and the wife seeing to it that she gives reverence to her husband.
“What’s going on here?” One may ask. No wonder Apostle Paul calls it a great mystery. It’s not just a mystery, but a great mystery! A mystery is a hidden secret. The correlation between married couples in one breadth, and Christ and His Church in another breadth, is a great mystery!
We say marriage is for companionship, for purposeful living; but until married couples discover that the ultimate purpose of God is for the marital union to be the perfect picture of the union between Christ and His Church, the marriage hasn’t achieved its true purpose yet. This a great secret many married couples are yet to discover.