Beale’s NT Theology

Some thoughts on Marriage, G. K. Beale writing on the blessings in the pre-fall state (A New Testament Biblical Theology, Baker 2011, 41) :

The marriage relationship of Adam and Eve and all of their progeny appears to have been established as a kind of shadow to point to the consummated end-time relationship of God and his bridal people. That is, human marriage originally was designed even before the fall to be transcended by God’s relationship with his people (this seems to suggest that human marriage will no longer have the purpose of procreation, nor, presumably, will it include a sexual relationship, which appears to be the implication of Matt. 22:30).

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