The Biblical Model of Marriage

By Ryan C. MacPherson, Ph.D.

Presented for the 2011 Online Apologetics Conference, Athanatos Christian Ministries, 8 April 2011.



Marriage, as revealed by natural law, is a divinely created, lifelong union that celebrates sexual complementarity, children, and chastity. As revealed by Holy Scripture, marriage also is a holy vocation that takes priority over the ecclesiastical and civil estates. Marriage models the Trinity’s unity amid diversity, as well as the self-sacrificial love of Christ for the church. Moreover, marital procreation among Christians is quintessentially evangelistic.



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