God's Order For Marriage
1. God instituted the marriage union between Adam and Eve in
the beginning (Gen. 2:21-25). "Therefore shall a man leave
his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his ________,
and they shall be _______ ___________" (Gen. 2:24). Thus,
marriage between a man and a woman is honorable before God (Heb.
2. According to God's word, marriage is not merely a physical
union (Gen. 2:24), but it primarily is a spiritual union between
a husband and his wife. The wife is the "help-meet"
to her husband (Gen. 2:18). "Husbands, _________ your wives,
even as Christ also loved the church, and gave ______________
for it" (Eph. 5:25).
3. Though God has allowed men to practice polygamy in Old Testament
time, He does not allow it to be practiced in New Testament time
(1 Cor. 7:2). It is sinful for any one to practice polygamy today.
Jesus says, "... Whosoever shall put away his wife, except
it be for fornication, and shall marry ___________, committeth
___________ ..." (Mat. 19:9). According to Jesus, polygamy
is plainly forbidden in the New Testament.
4. God hates divorce. "For the Lord, the God of Israel,
saith that he __________ putting away ..." (Mal. 2:16).
God intends marriage to be for life between a husband and his
wife. Only death can dissolve the marital bond, and only then
is the remaining party free to be married again (Rom. 7:2-3).
5. Jesus says, "Whosoever shall put away his wife, and __________
another, committeth _____________ against her. And if a ____________
shall ________ _________ her husband, and be married to another,
she committeth __________________" (Mark 10:11-12). Thus,
God forbids both parties to remarry after divorce. The word "whosoever"
puts both Christians and non-Christians under God's order for
marriage (E.g. Herod, a heathen, was under God's marriage law,
6. Jesus gives the one and only exception for the innocent party
to remarry after divorcing the guilty spouse who has committed
adultery against him or her. "... Whosoever shall put away
his wife, except it be for _______________, and shall marry another,
committeth __________:" (Mat. 19:9). The guilty party is
never to be married again, unless he is restored by forgiveness
to the first marriage (Mark 10:9; 1 Cor. 7:10-11).
Conclusion: If a person has been in an unlawful union before
obeying the Gospel, he or she must separate from this unlawful
marriage to please God (Mark 10:11-12; Ezra 10:14-19). Repentance
is the change of mind and of life. We must obey God's law for
marriage (John 12:48). Heaven is the most valuable goal in every