- The Bible teaches that marriage is not immoral. It has been in God’s plan since the Garden of Eden.
- Heb. 13:4 speaks of the marriage bed and its sacredness.
- Eph. 5:25 states that God instructs a husband to love his wife.
- Celibacy (A doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church prohibits their priests from marrying). History reveals how
this got started.
1) In A.D. 305 The Council Of Elviva (a local council) was its origin. Note, this was a man’s council and
not God ordained.
2) In A.D. 604 Bishop Gregory I stated that it should be made mandatory on all Roman Catholic Priests.
3) In A.D. 1139 the doctrine became Official R.C.C. law for all priests.
4) In A.D. 1563 The Council Of Trent revised it as it is basically today.
5) In A.D. 1962-65 the Vatican Council declared that Deacons & Sub Deacons could marry before ordination.
- However, Mt. 8:14 states that Peter had a mother-in-law and since the RCC declares Peter was the first Pope and
they must be celibate this seems to be an inconsistency.
- Mt. 13:55,56 states that Joseph and Mary had other children younger than Jesus. Thus, the RCC doctrine asserting that Mary (Jesus’ mother) remained a virgin is contradictory to the Holy scriptures.
- Mt. 19:10-12 teaches that remaining single is not sinful if one chooses such.
- I Cor. 7:2,8,9 proclaims that marriages are recommended.
- I Tim. 4:1-5 warns the serious Bible student that false teachers would succeed in teaching false doctrines, and one of
them would be opposing people to marry.
- God knew man needed a bride
- Gen. 2:18 states that Man’s Creator made him a social being.
- I Cor. 11:3,8,9 gives instructions of God as to an order of family authority. This blueprint of God’s calls for a husband
and a wife.
III. The Old Testament God had a wife
- Isa. 54:5; 62:5 teaches that Israel (Jewish People) was married to God.
- Jer. 3:14 instructs that God is addressed as a Husband.
- Hos. 2:19 reveals that God promised Israel to betroth (Espouse), which implies an actual marriage relationship.
- Gen. 2:21-22 speaks of the First Adam and soon thereafter we find that God provides him with a helper (companion).
- I Cor. 15:45 speaks of the Second Adam, who is Jesus.
- Rev. 22:17 speaks of Jesus’ church as His bride. Thus He is the groom.
- Jesus has a bride
- Mt. 25:1-13 tells Bible students that the Bridegroom (Jesus) is coming for His Church (The Saved and Called-Out
Ones, who are living for Him).
- Eph. 5:25-33 promises that the Church is Jesus’ Bride.
- I Thess. 4:13-18 via the inspired writer tells us that Jesus will come for His Bride with a shout and visibility. Thus, it
will not be secretly as some false teachers would proclaim (Secret Rapture Theory).
- Rev. 19:6-9 speaks of the Wedding Supper of the Bridegroom. Jesus will share in this with His Bride, which is His
Conclusion: Are we a part of the Bride of Christ --- the Church (Called out people of God)?
Sometimes when a person is asked if they are “saved” they respond by saying various things, such as:
1) I don’t know
2) I hope so
3) I think so
4) I am trying to be
Some times a person will say that no one can say for certain that they are “saved” and really on their way to heaven. However, the Scriptures do grant the truly saved person assurance of salvation and a reservation in heaven. The Scriptures speak of being saved in at least three different tenses in the Greek language in which the New Testament was written. To explain this, note the following:
1) Mark 16:16 “Whoever believes and is baptized shall be saved, but whoever does not believe will
be condemned.” (NIV)
2) Rom 10:9 “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised him
up from the dead, you will be saved.” (NIV)
Now when do these Scriptures teach that one is saved? When the believer confesses Christ and is baptized, right?
Thus, one is “saved” at a point (aorist tense in Greek grammar).
3) Acts 2:47 “praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.” (NAS and NIV) Note - that these were in the process of “being saved” (present tense).
4) I John 2:25 “And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.” (KJV) This eternal life begins here, but is referred to numerously as “Heaven”. Note - this is future tense, thus “one shall be saved”. In heaven, one will be saved from tears, death & all of its hurts, sorrows, crying, pain, etc. (Rev. 21:4)
This is the “true end” which one desires. Thus, one can scripturally say that, “I have been saved when I became a Christian (at a point). Now, I am being saved day by day by my Lord, as He walks through life with me (present tense). Last, but not least - When I reach heaven, I shall be saved eternally from all of the earthly trials (future tense).