Endnotes: Chapter 7

  1.  To see the practical ramifications of this Grand Finale for single adults, see the epilogue of this book, “And They Lived Happily Ever After.” (But not now. Wait for it.)
  2. Here is a more theologically precise summary: “Through his atoning sacrifice on Calvary, Christ set humankind free by taking the retribution of sin upon himself. He suffered the agony and shame that we deserve to suffer because of our sin. He thereby satisfied the just requirements of the law of God and at the same time turned away the wrath of God from fallen humankind. His sacrifice was both an expiation of our guilt and a propitiation of the wrath of God. It also signifies the justification of the sinner in the sight of God in that Christ’s righteousness is imputed to those who have faith. Likewise, it represents the sanctification of the sinner by virtue of his being engrafted into the body of Christ through faith. The cross and resurrection of Christ also accomplish the redemption of the sinner, because he has been brought back out of the slavery of sin into the new life of freedom.” D.G. Bloesch, “Sin,” Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, ed. Walter A. Elwell (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1984), 1015. As the basis for this summary of the nature of the atonement, Bloesch cites the following biblical passages: John 3:16-17; Acts 20:28; Romans 3:21-26; 5:6-10; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Colossians 2:13-15.
  3. We discussed this passage in the introduction to part 3, “God’s Design for Marriage.”
  4. See, for instance, Matthew 19:12 where some disciples choose to forego marriage “for the sake of the kingdom of heaven,” and Luke 18:29 where some of the sacrifices made by disciples “for the sake of the kingdom of God” include marital and familial relationships.
  5. It can hardly be coincidental that the two functions of marriage correspond precisely to the two central directives Jesus gave to his disciples: the Great Commandment (Mark 12:28-31) correlates with loving relationship; the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) calls for working partnership.