“A Profoundly Forgotten Mystery” ( Matthew 5: 32, NIV ) by Carley Evans

Jesus says, “But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.”


In our society as it exists today, adultery is rampant. So many of us — even Christians — are divorced for causes other than marital unfaithfulness, and remarried to another who may also be divorced for a reason other than adultery. Adulterers are ‘married’ to adulterers. And God’s Word calling for the marriage bed to remain undefiled continues to fall on deaf hearts. (Hebrews 13:4)


So few seem to comprehend the fact that “a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” (Ephesians 5:31) In the same manner that we become new creations in Christ, a man becomes one with his wife. In the same manner that the new creation can not become old again, so a man may not separate himself from the one with whom he first joined himself. How can one flesh become two again? When a man tears himself from his first commitment and takes another, he “hates his own body.” (Ephesians 5:29)


As Paul says, “This is a profound mystery — but I am talking about Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:32) A wonderful analogy – yes. But, also a true statement — as Christ and His church are inseparable, so are the man and the woman for whom he first left his parents.

2 thoughts on ““A Profoundly Forgotten Mystery” ( Matthew 5: 32, NIV ) by Carley Evans

  1. Human fraility, lack of discipline, immaturity and a deficiency of a seldom metnitoned virtue -truthfullness in relationships seems to drive many of the divorces that are observable these days. My own view is centered on truthfullness, truthfullness from the outset of a relationship. Failure in this area (truthfullness) is painting the picture that what God has joined is not whole in spirit, that it is not a true “commitment” from the begining. I beleive that is why in the Catholic faith, with proper justification,has the annulment process.It is a possible outcome of a marriage built upon some type of falseness. A deciving party may not be exposed for a whole host of reasons, the innocent party who committs with honor and truthfullness may have no suspcions of decit or ommission by the other spouse to be. In some way it is similar to entering into a contract with a person who has breach of contract on their mind from the begining. The summary is marriage is sacraed and God has said in the NT that when you say Yes mean yes, and when you say NO mean no. I think that is not always the case for some marriages. sec

    1. Steve,

      Lying is the fruit of the devil, as Satan is the “father of lies.” A lack of truthfulness in any relationship is always destructive, in my opinion. Lying destroys trust; and without trust, a marital relationship — especially — must falter.


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