“’Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:31-32)
It seems that the apostles couldn’t read a passage from the Old Testament without seeing Jesus in it. Here we read that a passage from Genesis, written about Adam and Eve’s union as husband and wife, is really about Christ and the Church. Just as Adam and Eve became one flesh, so have Jesus and His believers.
Have we fully apprehended that mystery? At the very least, it carries this stunning truth for us: the Spirit at work in the body of Jesus is at work in us, too. The Holy Spirit bore Jesus into the world, and ultimately into the grave, only to raise Him again in the power of a new creation. United with Jesus through the wedding vows of Baptism, we experience this same Spirit through the power of repentance and forgiveness.
Repenting, we go by the Spirit into the grave of Jesus; forgiven, we are a new creation, free of guilt and accusation by this same Spirit. Here’s why we preach repentance and forgiveness, and here is why faith comes with repentance and forgiveness: It is the Spirit of eternal life at work, wedding us to the risen body of Jesus, flesh of His flesh.
LET US PRAY: God, You have taken me to be Your own, for better or for worse, in richer and in poorer, in sickness and in health, and not even death can part us. Forgive me for my wandering heart and ways; for I trust You to be as You have promised, merciful and kind forever; in Jesus’ name. Amen
Pr. Steven K. Gjerde