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The Purpose of Marriage

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Marriage is part of God’s intention for humanity from creation and forms the basis for the family which is the primary unit of society. Where marriage flourishes it blesses both the couple and the wider community.

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5 Things to Know about Marriage

It was God’s Plan from Creation

Matthew 19:4 NIV
“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’
See also ; Man and woman are not independent of each other.

It is to provide companionship

Genesis 2:18 NIV
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
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It is to be a committed, exclusive relationship

Genesis 2:23–24 NIV
The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
See also ; ;

It is a lifelong partnership

Matthew 19:6 NIV
So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
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It is the intended for raising children

Malachi 2:15 NIV
Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.

At the wedding at Cana ()

Weddings in the ancient east were incredibly important

It will not exist in the life to come

Secrecy was imperative to to avoid bringing dishonor on the family
He heeded to a mother’s request

Marriage as a covenant relationship

He turned embarrassment into blessing
Jesus reveals deep concern for meeting people at their point of need
Malachi 2:14 NIV
You ask, “Why?” It is because the Lord is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.
See also ;
Why did Jesus decided to perform His first ever miracle in a wedding banquet?
All through out His teachings, He referred to the church as the Bride

Sex and marriage

He used wine to represent His everlasting covenant
God loves the world and that includes you (
John 3:16 NIV
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Whoever believes in Him will take part of this covenant towards everlasting life
Whoever believes in Him will be part of His church (Bride)
He don’t want anyone to perish (
2 Peter 3:9 NIV
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Is there anyone here in attendance today who wants to be part of the Lord’s Bride (Church)
Is there anyone here in attendance today who wants to be part of the Lord’s covenant towards eternal life?

Sex belongs within marriage

1 Corinthians 7:9 NIV
But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
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Men who violated virgins were expected to marry them:

A woman was expected to be a virgin when she married.

The sexual relationship is exclusive

Song of Solomon 2:16 NIV
My beloved is mine and I am his; he browses among the lilies.
See also Marital unfaithfulness is condemned; ; ;

Love and submission in marriage

Falling in love prior to marriage

Genesis 29:20 NIV
So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
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Husbands are to love their wives

Ephesians 5:25 NIV
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
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Wives are to submit to their husbands

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Celibacy as a calling from God

1 Corinthians 7:7–8 NIV
I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do.
See also ; ; Whilst Paul commends the unmarried state, for those not so called it is no sin to marry;
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