It is important to remember that God is the author of marriage. Marriage serves three purposes: it is a life-long companionship, it is necessary to establish a family unit, and it also benefits society. When a man devotes himself to meeting all of his wife’s needs, he finds fulfillment – and vice versa. Alistair Begg reminds us of the importance of our vows, and how they reflect a true understanding of what it means to love, honor, and keep for life.
1Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. 2And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.
3And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause?” 4He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” 7They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” 8He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”1
10The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” 11But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. 12For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.”
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.
Some of the most alarming statistics in the Church today relate to the crumbling of Christian marriages. In this series, we are reminded that God is the author of marriage, and that He has provided wonderfully practical instruction for single people, husbands, and wives. Alistair Begg offers useful Biblical advice on finding a spouse, preparing for the wedding day, and building a marriage that lasts a lifetime. Relationships are a fact of life, but no human relationship should be a distraction or hindrance to our commitment to Jesus Christ. God’s Word helps us guard against allowing our emotions to control how we live out our lives, and guides us into relationships that glorify God.
|To Marry or Not to Marry? Part One||1 Corinthians 7:25-40|
|To Marry or Not to Marry? Part Two||1 Corinthians 7:25-40|
|Relationships||1 Peter 3:1-7|
|We Two Are One||1 Corinthians 7:1-7|
|Marriage: A Covenant, Not a Contract||Matthew 19:1-12|
|Being a Wife-God's Way||1 Peter 3:1-6|
|Being a Husband-God's Way||1 Peter 3:7|
|Planting Hedges in Marriage, Part One|
|Planting Hedges in Marriage, Part Two||Ephesians 5:22-33|
|How To Avoid Marital Failure|
|Marriage and Divorce||1 Corinthians 7:8-16|
|I Take You||Malachi 2:10-16|