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One Flesh Union - Christ and the Church

De Maria's picture

What is the One Flesh Union concerning Christ and the Church?

I have posted a version of this question in the Biblical Studies because I believe it is a beautiful question to ponder. And another version in the interdenominational Discussions to see how we view this mystery as expressed in the Sacrament of Matrimony differently.

But I have really been waiting patiently and anxiously for quite a long time to post this particular question on this forum because in another discussion here, the Catholic view of the One Flesh Union between Christ and the Church was called blasphemous. Specifically this teaching from the Catechism.

795 Christ and his Church thus together make up the "whole Christ" (Christus totus). The Church is one with Christ. The saints are acutely aware of this unity:

Let us rejoice then and give thanks that we have become not only Christians, but Christ himself. Do you understand and grasp, brethren, God's grace toward us? Marvel and rejoice: we have become Christ. For if he is the head, we are the members; he and we together are the whole man. . . . The fullness of Christ then is the head and the members. But what does "head and members" mean? Christ and the Church.

Our redeemer has shown himself to be one person with the holy Church whom he has taken to himself.

Head and members form as it were one and the same mystical person.

A reply of St. Joan of Arc to her judges sums up the faith of the holy doctors and the good sense of the believer: "About Jesus Christ and the Church, I simply know they're just one thing, and we shouldn't complicate the matter."

Our understanding of the One Flesh Union between Christ and the Church is based upon this verse.
Ephesians 5:
30For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Now, it seems to me that our understanding lines up pretty well with Scripture.

And so, I posted this particular thread to see how your views contrast with the Catholic view of this greatest and most wonderful of mysteries.


De Maria

jwmcmac's picture

Mike said: "Miriam and Aaron

Mike said:

"Miriam and Aaron did not rejoice and preferred to see Moses’ marriage with an Ethiopian “annulled” because it didn’t fit their idea of what marriage should be. As a result, they also began to question his relationship with the Lord and then his leadership. As a consequence they found themselves severely rebuked by the Lord and then Miriam being struck with leprosy. (Numbers 12)

Now I see no wonder that in some institutional churches the spiritual leprosy and dismemberment that occurs when the Body of Christ is not esteemed as it should.

Paul did speak of this “not discerning the Lord’s Body”

1 Corinthians 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged."


jwmcmac comments:

Not discerning the LORD's Body can apply on many levels . . .

. . . the Eucharistic Body and Blood of the LORD

. . . the Church . . . HIS Mystical Body . . . and Membership in It

. . . CHRIST's Actual Physically Risen and Glorified Body, HIS Changed Human Nature which has taken on the attributes of HIS Eternal Nature as GOD . . . but in WHOM and in Which we Live and Move and Have our Being . . . outside of which we . . . and nothing else . . . exists

. . . and all of these applying at the same time . . . simultaneously . . . since CHRIST, though distinct in all of these . . . cannot be divided.

. . . and . . .

We cannot forget the level of 'Mystery' that all of these are.

If we fail to 'discern' . . . any of these . . . we are not 'entirely' in the 'Truth' WHO is JESUS CHRIST in us and us in JESUS CHRIST . . . which will end by . . . placing us smack dab in the Center WHO is CHRIST . . . WHO alone is our Reality.

Outside of this Reality . . . we will not exist in Eternity . . . so to speak . . .

. . . because HE is our Only Eternal Reality.

GOD Bless us all.