Drawing from four decades of marriage experience, John Piper seeks to correct our misguided—and often idolatrous—views on marriage by reminding us of the hard truth that it is only momentary. Marriage is a symbol that represents the relationship between Christ and the church. This means that there will be no need for marriage in heaven as its symbolism will be fulfilled by eternal fellowship with Jesus. This truth is applicable to everybody, regardless of marital status, because it protects us from idolizing marriage and leads us to pursue that which is greater—a deeper relationship with God. To those who are married, they are to use their marriage to put the love of God on display and to produce spiritual children; that is, disciples of Christ.
I greatly appreciate that this book does not leave us to despair over the coming loss of marriage. The title, This Momentary Marriage, immediately strikes fear in the hearts of potential readers who do not fully understand his point. For the one who is made uncomfortable by the thought of there being no marriage in heaven, the main point of this book is certainly frightening without clarification. Thankfully, however, Piper quickly makes it clear to us that marriage being momentary is not the whole picture. In a way, despite the book’s title, Piper is arguing that marriage is not momentary, but is actually eternal in the sense that it is made complete by our relationship with Christ in heaven. Christ is the husband, and the church is His bride. This truth will be seen in its fullest capacity after the return of Christ. Marriage will not end in heaven, but will in many ways begin there.
I highly recommend that you read this book, whether single, dating, married, or divorced. There is so much application in this book that even someone who has decided to never marry can be blessed by its contents. Admittedly, that sounds a little strange to say about a book that has the word “marriage” in the title. However, even one who is not married in this life must prepare for the marriage of Christ and His church in the coming age. A proper understanding of this symbolism equips the single person to pursue God with greater fervor and it equips the married couple to produce disciples of Christ. This book brings great comfort to those who are called to singleness and gives correction to those who think too little of marriage.
Tweetable quotes from the book:
- Most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God. And ultimately, marriage is the display of God.
- It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love.
- The meaning of marriage is the display of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his people.