Ephesians 5 says that marriage is a picture of the Gospel.
Husband loves his wife as Christ loves the Church, He gave Himself for it
Wife is to reverence her husband as the Church reverences Christ.
Marriage can teach us about some argued over points of the Gospel.
1) Getting saved is not based on words you said. Taking vows during a wedding means nothing. If a couple is fighting and the hubby says, “Hey, woman! Get off my back, I told you I loved you at the wedding.” I doubt this will cut it. Saying vows does not mean a couple will love each other–loving each other means you will love each other.
2) Salvation begins at a point, but is only truly seen and known in its continuation. Anyone can get married and claim to love each other. Where true love is marriage lasts and flourishes. Weddings are a beginning; marriage is an ongoing, living reality.
3) Trials test the legitimacy of our faith. Marriage will throw all sorts of stuff at you to test your vow of love. Easy to say vows; trials test whether that love is real. If a couple quits and divorces, they show they did not have love.
4) Faith means obedience. The reverence a wife has for her husband is demonstrated by how well she listens to him and respects what he says. A wife who never listens to her husband shows she has no love for him.
5) Salvation experiences should not be emphasized over daily faithfulness. Relying on a one-time experience of a wedding to substitute for true marital love is a disaster. In the scheme of things, how nice your wedding was means nothing.
6) Salvation results in a new life. Marriage crosses two single people over to a new life–the two become one. They leave father and mother and cleave to each other. If single life prevails, you aint married!
Disney movies are about a man getting his woman and they end at the wedding. Most people’s conception of the Gospel ends at salvation. The wedding is just the beginning and so to is salvation!
These are a few thoughts about marriage and the Gospel. Any you’d like to add?