John Alley begins this message with a brief overview of his previous message on marriage, leading into today’s fuller exploration of the subject. John outlines from Scripture the different roles of husbands and wives in marriage, explaining that while there in no superiority of men over women, nevertheless a husband has a God-ordained priestly role in marriage which is powerfully good when properly in place. Wives, meanwhile, are exhorted to submit to their husbands in all things. John explains, again from Scripture, the way that this is a picture of Christ and His bride, the Church. John speaks of the responsibilities that are in place within marriage that supersede all others – the Bible teaches that a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife. The covenant relationship of marriage, says John, means that if separation occurs, there is great damage done to both parties. John concludes his message today with a list of practical guidelines to maintain the qualities that make a good marriage.