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Lesson 30

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. 13:4).

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, Mat. 14:4).

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 man's life.



Author: Howard Cheung

Updated July 1, 1999