From Creation, God has seen married couples as one. As stated in Genesis 2: 24, “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh,” (NIV). From the beginning, God had a design and a purpose to see husband and wife as one entity; a unit.
Which begs the question of why did God in His design account to see married couples as one? We can begin to unravel this mystery by starting with Ephesians 5: 22 – 33 to shed light on God’s intentions. While Paul was giving instruction to the Christian husband and wife as how they are to serve and relate to each other according to God’s ways, he builds the parallel that the husband and wife are representations of the dynamic relationship that exist between Jesus Christ and His church. Christ and the church are one and the marriage relationship is a picture and representation of this oneness through the husband who represents Christ and the wife who represents the church.
John 15: 1 – 17 delves deeper into this relationship between Jesus Christ and the church by using the analogy of the vine (Jesus) and the branches (believers in Christ). The branches must remain one with the vine in order to stay alive and thrive. This illustration is used by Jesus to show that ultimately, believers in Christ must be one with Him in order to thrive and flourish. They must be one. A branch will not and cannot exist on its own apart from the vine. Thus, believers are totally dependent upon Christ for everything. Christ is stressing the importance of staying connected to Him and that we as believers cannot be productive in God’s Kingdom work without staying connected to Jesus.
Thus, one major purpose of the marriage relationship is to point to the unique oneness that exist between Christ and His followers.