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Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. What says the Scripture about marriage?
Grace to you.
"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh" (Genesis 2:24). To cleave is "to cling, stick, stay close, keep close, stick to, stick with, follow closely, join to . . ." (Brown, Driver, & Briggs, H1692). Perhaps the best way to understand this is to remember a cleaver is that which can cut apart that which is one. To cleave is to be so integrally joined that two are one.
"Marriage
is
honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers [fornicators]
and adulterers God will judge" (Hebrews 13:4). This verse helps us understand why Satan is trying so hard to destroy the institution of marriage and also why it is so important to remain pure before marriage and to remain faithful after marriage.
The Lord Jesus pronounces, "What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder" (Mark 10:9). He said from the beginning of creation He has made one man for one woman (Mark 10:6-9).
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed
are
they which are
called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
- Revelation 19:7-9
There is a marriage to come, which Jesus is looking forward to, and for which His bride is making herself ready. All marriages should point us to the one which is coming.
What God has joined together let not man put asunder.
What is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God in marriage?
Remember, Hebrews 13:4 tells us, "Marriage
is
honorable in all, and the bed
undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge." Whoremongers can be translated as fornicators. Those who do not remain pure for marriage and those who do not remain faithful after marriage, God will judge.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 tells us:
For this is the will of God,
even
your sanctification, that ye should abstain from
fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctifcation and honor; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no
These verses tell us that God's vengeance is upon those who commit fornication or defraud brother or sister in the obtaining of his spouse.
It is
good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless,
to avoid
fornication, let every
man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband." Why would it be good for a man to avoid touching a woman? Paul indicates it can lead to fornication. I suggest it can lead to defrauding a brother or sister. To go with someone is to promise them something. To touch someone is to begin knitting affections together. Once that path is begun, it becomes harder to avoid fornication and hard to avoid defrauding someone if that "relationship" doesn't work out. It is much better to save that first kiss and that holding of hands for the one God has planned for you to spend your lifetime with.
Yes, it is that good, acceptable and perfect will of God!
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References
man
and testified. For God hath not called us to uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit.
go beyond and defraud his brother in
any
matter:
because that the Lord
is
the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you
Ekklesia,
1 Corinthians 7:1-2 tells us, "Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me:
Meyers, R. (2005). e-Sword. [computer software] . Franklin, TN: Equipping Ministries Foundation.
Brown-Drivers-Briggs' Hebrew Definitions.
Brown, F., Driver, S., & Briggs, C.