Marriage is a covenant of companionship. In Proverbs 2:17 the adulteress’ husband is called the companionof her youth. Sincer her youth, she is his intimate friend. In Malachi 2:14, the wife of the deceitful divorcer is called his wife by covenant and his companion. She is united to him and associated with him since his youth. The heart of the marriage covenant is life-long, life and death promise to provide companionship in fellowship, a deep intimacy, not superficial contact. The intimate union is equivalent to becoming one flesh. (Genesis 2:24), an act that is accomplished by the process of leaving parents and cleaving to one another.
Companionship is completing the other spouse. Adam was not complete without Eve. (Genesis 2:18-25). Everything else but Adam’s aloneness was good. The wife is the companion, compliment and crown of her husband (Proverbs 4:9), refreshing him like fresh water from a fountain (Proverbs 5:18). This kind of companionship brings no shame or confusion (Genesis (2:25), rather it brings trust (Proverbs 31:11)
Marriage is a covenant bond between equal persons. Man and woman both individually and corporately are the image of God. Anyone who states or implies that a man is the image of God but the woman is not is incorrect. Any implication of inferiority of being is a pagan perversion of the equality of the sexes and makes the man better than the woman. There is nothing in Scripture that would indicate this.
There are different roles between the sexes, but subordination does not make a person less. There is an order in the family, that reflects the nature and character of God and each person has their role in that model. To suggest that this makes one better than the other, or greater than the other is a ridiculous (and pagan) perversion of the Word of God.
Look and see all that has been lost to both men and women because of the assault of hell against the family as God intended it. We exist as a generation of broken, and incomplete human beings, who are virtually incapable of true intimacy. The “godly seed” (Malachi 2:15) God desires to bring out of the truly biblical relationship of marriage is marred and scarred, rendering another generation incapable of trust and intimacy.
Our culture murders with heartless efficiency the core of the next generation on the altars of convenience and personal “choice”, and the rest are left angry, resentful, and devoid of the intimacy that we are created to enjoy. Children are engaging in sex, but not intimacy – as intimacy is no longer a valued part of the sexual relationship; hence, many remain disconnected and alone.