Marriage in the Cosmic Plan of God (Article)
Recently I was honored to contribute an 8,500-word article titled “Marriage in the Cosmic Plan of God” in the new issue of The Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (Fall 2012, 17/2). My goal was to evaluate complementary roles in the husband/wife relationship within the much broader theological scope of Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians. Too frequently the marriage passage in Ephesians (5:22–33) gets dislocated from the massive gospel themes in the letter. And yet if we keep the cosmos-altering gospel in view, we discover that God has wrapped marriage up into his plan in Christ. Which is to say there’s a way of understanding marriage through Christ’s cosmic work in which the husband’s headship and the wife’s submission are reflective of their posture under Christ. In January I’ll have more to say about why I wrote this, but for now I simply wanted to mention it, and to make it available as a download here (1.4 MB PDF).