In the passage I’m preaching tomorrow morning, Ephesians 5:22-33, there is an amazing shift in the way Paul is expressing his thoughts. He’s laying out what a redeemed marriage looks like in verses 22-30, and then something awesome happens in his mind and through his pen. It’s like the Holy Spirit just explodes inside his cranium and he suddenly blurts out a verse from Genesis 2.
He’s describing how husbands should love their wives as Christ loves the church and then he suddenly breaks stride and says:
31“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.
In the middle of practical instruction he points back to the moment the original marriage was designed (before the sin of Genesis 3) and he says “This refers to Christ and the church.” God designed marriage to point to the redemption that He would bring through His Son Jesus…and He did this before sin even entered the equation.
Wrap your mind around that one.
He says “This mystery is profound.” The word he uses for mystery is one that he uses 21 other times in his letters, referring to something that is beyond the capacity of a human being to understand. Then he adds to this word “profound.” The word he uses there is the Greek word “megas” which means “huge, sublime, profound.”
Translation: “This entire thing BLOWS MY MIND…profoundly.”
It doesn’t just blow his mind; it blows his mind megas… It sublimely blows his mind.
We’re going to explore exactly what it is that profoundly blew Paul’s mind tomorrow morning at LifePoint Church. Don’t miss it!