In an age which has seen an almost total collapse of marriage and when, in many cases, marriages end in divorce with children being raised in 'broken homes', Dr. Lloyd-Jones" words speak powerfully into our present situation. It is a situation which may be seen as giving Christians, and especially Christian marriages, a valuable opportunity to bear witness to biblical truth. The way in which Dr. Lloyd-Jones, like the Apostle Paul, deals with marriage relationship, is extremely important - to attempt to deal with Christian practice apart from Christian doctrine is to tread a dangerous path. As these chapters on Ephesians make clear, the only Christianity powerful enough to penetrate and change society is that which is derived from the work of the Spirit of God.
About the Author
Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981), minister of Westminster Chapel in London for 30 years, was one of the foremost preachers of his day. His many books have brought profound spiritual encouragement to millions around the world.
At the recommendation of my pastor, my girlfriend and I are going through this book together. When I've approached materials on marriage I always wanted to know, "What am I supposed to do? What are the duties?" If you are looking for duties you will certainly learn your duty, but in a much more glorious way. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, much like the apostle Paul, does not jump directly into the duties of marriage, but takes the time to explain all the glorious doctrines upon which marriage is founded--that is, Christ's eternal love for the Church, Christ dying and giving Himself for the Church, the Church offering joyful and cheerful obedience to Christ, Christ setting the Church apart exclusively for Himself, Christ sanctifying the Church, and one day coming back for her. I have found that after he goes through and explains these doctrines, and how they relate to marriage, the nature and duties of marriage are very clear.
I recommend this book for reasons beyond simply wanting a good marriage or a better marriage. Beyond improving a marriage, you will come to a greater appreciation of your union with Christ, the great blessings that you have as a member of the Church, how much Jesus Christ loves His Church, what all Jesus does for His church, and what an inestimable blessing it is to be part of Christ's bride. According to Dr. Lloyd-Jones, our main problem is an identity crisis: we don't know who we are and what we have. Once you understand Christ and His church, you will be better equipped for your Christian walk, and then better equipped for marriage.
And if you are an unbeliever, my hope is that you would be provoked to jealousy by learning the tremendous privileges that God has given the Church.
For these reasons, I highly recommend this book.