One Flesh Union - Christ and the Church

De Maria's picture

What is the One Flesh Union concerning Christ and the Church?

I have posted a version of this question in the Biblical Studies because I believe it is a beautiful question to ponder. And another version in the interdenominational Discussions to see how we view this mystery as expressed in the Sacrament of Matrimony differently.

But I have really been waiting patiently and anxiously for quite a long time to post this particular question on this forum because in another discussion here, the Catholic view of the One Flesh Union between Christ and the Church was called blasphemous. Specifically this teaching from the Catechism.

795 Christ and his Church thus together make up the "whole Christ" (Christus totus). The Church is one with Christ. The saints are acutely aware of this unity:

Let us rejoice then and give thanks that we have become not only Christians, but Christ himself. Do you understand and grasp, brethren, God's grace toward us? Marvel and rejoice: we have become Christ. For if he is the head, we are the members; he and we together are the whole man. . . . The fullness of Christ then is the head and the members. But what does "head and members" mean? Christ and the Church.

Our redeemer has shown himself to be one person with the holy Church whom he has taken to himself.

Head and members form as it were one and the same mystical person.

A reply of St. Joan of Arc to her judges sums up the faith of the holy doctors and the good sense of the believer: "About Jesus Christ and the Church, I simply know they're just one thing, and we shouldn't complicate the matter."

Our understanding of the One Flesh Union between Christ and the Church is based upon this verse.
Ephesians 5:
30For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Now, it seems to me that our understanding lines up pretty well with Scripture.

And so, I posted this particular thread to see how your views contrast with the Catholic view of this greatest and most wonderful of mysteries.

Sincerely,

De Maria

Mike Kirby's picture

mysteries..

DM said,

And so, I posted this particular thread to see how your views contrast with the Catholic view of this greatest and most wonderful of mysteries.

Mike says,

I have meditated much on this passage. The fact that it is a “mystery” (and there are many for the christian) means that it is a concept that the depth can only be communicated by the Holy Spirit.
And because “depth” is involved, of course, the understanding somehow involves devotion and maturity.
And because devotion and maturity are involved, perhaps pride and division can get in there as well.


The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.
Psalm 25:14

I think that Paul recognized that by beginning the next verse thusly.

Ephesians 5:33
Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

As if to say,

I just told you something really deep (mysterious) about Christ and His body, and there is a possibility that you haven’t grasped it.
I hope that you can have a good marriage relationship, but there just might be serendipity in marriage

Husbands, you may begin to discover that mystery by loving your wife
(which may be very difficult sometimes).

Wives, you may begin to discover that mystery by showing respect to your husbands
(which may be very difficult sometimes).

If we do it (marriage) as unto Him. We discover that mystery and it is very rewarding!

Mike
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"Divine Grace is not opposed to effort ...
it is opposed to earning "
— Dallas Willard

Mike
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"Divine Grace is not opposed to effort ...
it is opposed to earning "
— Dallas Willard




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