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The late Edmund Clowney argues how marriage and even sex finds its fulfillment in Christ.

God did not fish around for some image to use to show his people what love is like, and then stumble on marriage as the best one to convince them to return to him in covenant devotion.  He did not recognize the power of married love and determine to use sexuality as the strongest figure.  No.  God planned it the other way around.  The Lord placed in us at creation deep sexual emotions so that we might understand the jealousy of his love for us and the joy of jealousy for him.  God created that instinct so that we would better understand his faithful love to us.  We benefit from that same jealous love of God as we are joined to Christ.  Jesus Christ calls himself the Bridegroom, and John the Baptist is the friend of the Bridegroom, calling Israel to repent and come to the wedding feast.  The jealousy of the Father, who cannot tolerate idols, is jealous for his own Son.  We are joined to Jesus in a relationship that lasts longer than marriage, for we are joined to him forever. (Clowney, How Jesus Transforms the Ten Commandments, 95-96)

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