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7 John Piper Quotes on Marriage

After 40 years of marriage, John and Noël Piper wrote This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence, where they share many of the insights they’ve gained over decades of pursuing Christ together, and offer biblical insight into the purpose of marriage.

Using Logos Bible Software, I’ve assembled some of the most frequently highlighted quotes from this book, as well as few quotes that stood out to me personally. These are some of the passages and sentiments that have resonated the most with people who read the book.

Here are 7 quotes on marriage from John and Noël Piper:

“The beauty of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church shines brightest when nothing but Christ can sustain it.” —John and Noël Piper

“Crass materialism sustains very few marriages. The vestiges of God’s vision for marriage remain. They may be distorted and nameless, but they still remain. God’s common grace grants many cut flowers to flourish for a lifetime.” —John and Noël Piper

“Marriage is meant by God to put that gospel reality on display in the world. That is why we are married. That is why all married people are married, even when they don’t know and embrace this gospel.” —John and Noël Piper

“Marriage is not mainly about being or staying in love. It’s mainly about telling the truth with our lives. It’s about portraying something true about Jesus Christ and the way he relates to his people. It is about showing in real life the glory of the gospel.” —John and Noël Piper

“When the impossible day comes that Christ breaks his vow, ‘I am with you always, to the end of the age,’ then, on that day, a human being may break his marriage covenant.” —John and Noël Piper

“The most foundational thing to see from the Bible about marriage is that it is God’s doing. And the ultimate thing to see from the Bible about marriage is that it is for God’s glory. Those are the two points I have to make. Most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God. And ultimately, marriage is the display of God.” —John and Noël Piper

“The meaning of marriage is the display of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his people.” —John and Noël Piper

For more biblical insight on marriage, get yourself a copy of This Momentary Marriage, and see what John and Noël Piper can share with you and your spouse about the divine purpose of your relationship to each other.

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If you each snag a copy of the book, you and your spouse (or future spouse) can read together with a Faithlife Group. Create a reading plan, and share notes about what you’re reading, right inside the text!

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Ryan Nelson

Ryan Nelson is a writer for OverviewBible, where he uses Logos to explore the characters, groups, places, and books of the Bible. He has served in a variety of volunteer ministry positions, primarily through Young Life.

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Written by Ryan Nelson