Marriage on the Cosmic Stage

Christian marriage has been caught up into the cosmic drama of the gospel.

In this first Authors on the Line podcast of 2013 we talk with Bible scholar G. K. Beale, the Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. His research on Ephesians sheds light on how Christian marriage is shaped by the finished work of Christ in the inauguration of the New Creation. The patient reader will eventually encounter this material in his book A New Testament Biblical Theology (Baker Academic, 2011), around pages 880–884.

There Dr. Beale writes this summary statement:

As husbands unconditionally love their wives and as wives respond to this love in a faithful manner, they are actors on a redemptive-historical stage performing a play before the onlooking audience of the world. (883)

In this podcast Dr. Beale offers a concise summary of Ephesians and then threads marriage into the summary to show how Christ’s finished work sets the stage for Christian marriage.

To listen to our conversation you can subscribe to the Authors on the Line podcast in iTunes here. You can read a full transcript of our conversation here (PDF). And you can listen to our conversation on the DG resource page by clicking on the following link:

Marriage on the Cosmic Stage: An Interview with Bible Scholar G. K. Beale (29 minutes)

This podcast is part of a larger study of marriage in light of Christ’s finished work. Here's the entire series —

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Tony Reinke is a staff writer for Desiring God and the author of three books: Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books (2011), Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ (2015), and The Joy Project: A True Story of Inescapable Happiness (2015). He hosts the popular Ask Pastor John podcast, and lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and their three children. He also blogs at