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The aesthetics of couples

Every marriage is a living picture, and a picture is worth a thousand words.

Which means it is beyond words.

It is a feel. It is an aura unique to the man and the woman that has become one flesh.

There is such a thing as an aesthetics of couples.

We are talking about much more than a decorative picture. The aesthetics of couples is a powerful principle. It is the very key to replenishing the earth, and having dominion over it. We can only imagine what the beauty of an unfallen Adam and Eve would have been.

But that is why Christ and the Church, ultimately, will be a marriage. It will mean rulership of the cosmos.

But today we see many small microcosms of this picture. We see it in every marriage, for better, or for ill, clearly, or weakly. When a man leaves father and mother and cleaves unto his wife, that one flesh emits a cosmos-shaping power, however small that cosmos may be.

Think about all the marriages you know. Take a tally. Consider the influence of each, the legacy of each, the fruits borne, the lives shaped. Or the damages done.


Genesis 1.26-28 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominionover the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Genesis 2.24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto hiswife: and they shall be one flesh.

Ephesians 5.31-32 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.


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