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Marriage


 

Just as we are married, man and woman, so also we are married to the Father and the Son. In all respects, we are made one with them through faith. And so, we should treat our relationship with our spouse the same as we should treat our fellowship with God. As we honor God, and walk in obedience, love, and respect, we should do likewise with our spouse. And just as we do with the Lord, we should not put any worldly desires or possessions before our spouse. And just as we frequently pray to the Lord, thanking Him and telling Him of our love for Him; we should do the same to our spouse.


 

Genesis 2:22-24

22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

(marriage is meant to be between one man and one woman, and this is in God’s eyes. It does not matter if humans think that they should be able to marry more than one woman. Polygomy can cause destructive disputes, and jealousy is bound to make your relationship between wives hard. It does not matter if humans think that they should be able to marry the same sex, in the end it matters what God thinks. In reality, it does not make sense physically to marry and be sexually intimate with the same sex. You can love the same sex and this is a good thing, but once you have sexual desires for and physically act on those desires, you are sinning.)


Malachi 2:15-16

15 Has not the Lord made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth. 16 “I hate divorce,” says the Lord God of Israel, “and I hate a man’s covering himself with violence as well as with his garment,” says the Lord Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.

( God made us in His image. One way that we are like Him is that we give life and father those children that we are blessed with, just as He gives life and fathers us.

God does not give up on us. He calls to us throughout our whole life. Even if we turn away from Him He does not "Divorce" us. He continues calling and turning us away from sin. He did the same with the nation of Isreal. And we should follow such an example with our spouse. But if we take up our divorce with Him and die in our sin, never to have fully repented, then we deserve the second death that is prepared for the unbelievers.)


Matthew 19:3-12

3 Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?” 4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘ made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” 7 “Why then," they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?” 8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.” 10 The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.” 11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 12 For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”

( Marriage and divorce is often looked upon lightly. Divorce has become a common practice, and for reasons that could esily be avoided. Marriage is a big commitment. It is not something to be thrown awa so easily when trouble arises. Marriage may be good at the beggining, bu like any other relationship it has bumpy roads that take loving teamwork to get through.)


Matthew 22:30

30 At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.

(In the beginning God saw that man was alone and needed a companion, but now, we become one with God. Since Christ died for our sins we are given God's holy spirit to guide us to a day when we will live with God and will be in His presence forever. )


Romans 7:2-3

2 For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law of marriage. 3 So then, if she marries another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress, even though she marries another man.

(“As long as you both shall live, till death do you part,” comes right before the “I DO” but so many people in the world today aren’t living up to that. People are divorcing very often today. We need to remember how to forgive, and work together with our spouses. Couples seem to give up when things get tough. Each spouse must be submissive to each other to work together. The closer each spouse gets to God the closer the two will come to each other. This is the binding power of God’s love.)


1 Corinthians 7:1-16

1 Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry. 2 But since there is so much imortality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. 5 Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command. 7 I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift another has that. 8 Now to the unmarried and the widows I say; It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am. 9 But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. 10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. 11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife. 12 To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13 And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. 15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let him do so. A believing man or woman is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. 16 How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?

(Just as we are made one with Christ and faithful living makes us Holy, so does a Christian spouse make the other holy.)


1 Corinthians 7:27-28

27 Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife. 28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.

(The apostle Paul speaks this way about marriage because he says that the unmarried are concerned about the Lord’s affairs, but the married are concerned about the affairs of this world-how he can please his wife, or how the wife can please the husband.)


Ephesians 5:22-33

22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church-30 For we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery-but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.


Hebrew 13:4

4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

(This is not only talking about adultery, but also all of the impure things that couples do together in bed. The perversions and fetishes, even if you are married, are wrong and sexually immoral.)


1 Peter 3:1-7

1 Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and so not give way to fear. 7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

( Look at others inward appearance, before judging them by their outward appearance. Just because a woman is very beautiful and wears nice clothes and jewelry does not mean she has a good heart or character. She may not be "marriage material" as some say. She could be completely shallow and vain. The same rules apply for men.)