From the creation of the human race – before any creed,
government, or religious worldview – the marital unit was divinely designed by
God to be of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:7, 18, 22-24).
God designed, created, and held the marital unit of one man and
one woman in such respect that He has symbolically communicated His
relationship with His creation through this union in a variety of ways throughout
the entire Bible. Examples such as, but not limited to:
Jesus’ first sign-miracle was at a wedding feast. The sign-miracle
symbolized the quality of joy and celebration which a marriage is with Him and
through Him (John 2:1-11).
Jesus used the Jewish tradition of the wedding feasts as one of
his many parables to illustrate the kingdom of God (Matt. 22:1-14; Luke
The atoning work that was accomplished by Jesus Christ illustrates
the union of Christ and the Church. (Eph. 5:22-32).
Our very salvation in Jesus Christ has been allegorically
explained through the life and death in the male-female marital unit (Rom.
Regarding the End Times, the ultimate marriage is illustrated
through this male and female union that typifies the eternal union of the Church
and Jesus Christ (Rev. 19:7-8).
Prophecy concerning the new heaven, the new earth, and the new
Jerusalem are all compared to a female bride and a male bridegroom (Rev.
Through the various prophets and their wife in the Old Testament, God
typified His message for the people (Ezk. 24:15-27; The Book of Hosea; Isa.
The biblical teaching on marriage from Genesis to Revelation
reveals typology between the ‘one-fleshness’ of human marriage as the sacred
but provisional eternal and spiritual union of Jesus Christ with his Bride, the
Church. Therefore, the male-female marital unit has a greater purpose than
human, temporal love as it lends greater significance to the divine and eternal
plans already set forth by the Author of Life (John 1:3).
As a body of believers in Jesus Christ, we seek the Bible first
and foremost to govern all operations of our church – inclusive of the act of
marriage, its purposes, design, and definitions of the marital unit. Secondly, we
adopt our denominations’ Book of Worship, for the worship service performing a Christian
marriage (Evangelical Presbyterian Church,
Book of Order 2014-2015, Vol.1, pg. 126-127). Moreover, the Christian
marriage service is performed before God and thereby is considered an act of
worshipping God. Third, we adopt the position of the EPC Position Papers, The Sanctity of Marriage.
* This document was produced
by New Beginning Church (EPC), Spring City, TN. It was adopted and approved by
the Session of New Beginning Church (EPC), Spring City, TN on September 16, 2015.