Four Biblical Purposes of Marriage

If the Lord permits, Sara and I will celebrate our 49th wedding anniversary this July. It’s been good—very good!

I’m so blessed to have had Sara in my life all these years. “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD” (Proverbs 18:22).

Why marry?

The Bible offers two options: 1) being married or 2) remaining single. Each has its own advantages (1 Corinthians 7). Whether to marry is an individual decision.

Peter, for example, was married; Paul was not. There’s a place for both in God’s kingdom.

But if we choose to marry, we need to understand God’s purposes for the marriage relationship. The following purposes are not necessarily in order of importance.

Purpose #1: Procreation

“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD . . .” (Psalm 127:3).

The sexual union as God made it is good (Genesis 1:27-28, 31). He created sex to be enjoyed by a husband and wife within the covenant of marriage.

No other sexual relationship has His blessing: neither premarital sex, nor adultery, nor homosexuality, nor intercourse of any other kind (Hebrews 13:4).

Purpose #2: Companionship

Before God formed Eve, He said of Adam, “It is not good for man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him” (Genesis 2:18). And He did!

God made male and female different from one another biologically, emotionally, etc. Each brings something unique to the relationship.

Purpose #3: Nurturing Children

Just as each contributes something distinctive to the marital relationship, so they also do for their children. Boys and girls need both a male role model and a female role model.

Although many single moms and dads are wonderful parents, children thrive best when they have two parents who both model and teach God’s word to their children (Proverbs 6:20).

Purpose #4: Avoiding Temptation

In his long discussion of marriage (1 Corinthians 7), Paul distinguishes between those who have a gift for remaining single and those who would do better to marry (vv. 8-9).

“. . . because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband” (v. 2).

A couple should not deprive one another of intercourse, “except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control” (vv 3-5).

Since God designed intercourse exclusively for marriage, it serves as the only legitimate means of satisfying sexual desires. Therefore frequency of intercourse helps prevent immorality.

God’s Plan

As with every other area of life, when we honor and observe God’s will for marriage, we will be blessed.

God truly wants us to enjoy happy, lasting marriages. And we can.

He’s told us how.

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Gender Identity

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How God designed us

When God created us in the beginning, He made us male and female (Genesis 1:27).

God made males and females different from one another. That should tell us something.

God designed males and females to complement one another in the marriage relationship.

God intends for the difference between the sexes to be obvious (see Deuteronomy 22:5).

How things are changing

Today increasingly our youth are questioning their God-given sexual identity. These precious young people are being brainwashed as never before by those with an agenda.

Parents must combat the propaganda and teach their sons to be comfortable in their masculinity, and their daughters to be comfortable in their femininity.

When we follow God’s original design, the results are good.

But when we don’t . . . .

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The World’s Way and God’s Way

Opposite views

Worldly wisdom advocates: “Never have unprotected sex” and “Know your partner.”

Others realize the inadequacy of this go-ahead-but-just-be-careful school of thought.

Sex is a beautiful, God-given blessing—when we go by the Book.

God made man and woman for each other, exclusively within the marriage relationship (Genesis 1:27, 28; 2:18-24).

Premarital sex, cohabitation, adultery, and homosexuality are all outside the boundaries God has set (Romans 1:26-28; 1 Corinthians 6:13-20; Hebrews 13:4).

When we submit to God’s will, how gracious He is to forgive! (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

The right aim

The goal should not be reducing risk, but pleasing God.

Respecting God’s boundaries isn’t easy, but it sure pays off in the long run!

When we do what God says, life goes so much better!

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Do We Have a Problem with That?

Unacceptable!

The people of Jerusalem considered Jeremiah a traitor for advocating surrender to the Babylonians. But that’s what God told him to say.

Jonah had a problem with God’s forgiving the Ninevites—and even pouted about it!

The Sadducees had a problem with the doctrine of resurrection.

The Pharisees were offended by Jesus’ rejection of their venerated traditions.

Today many are put off by Jesus’ claim to be the only way to God (John 14:6).

Many reject what the Bible says about sex being reserved only for the marriage relationship between a man and a woman.

We have a choice

We can go with what seems right to us (Proverbs 14:12), or we can accept what the Scriptures teach.

Is that such a hard decision for us to make?

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Sex in Context

Seeing sex through God’s eyes

God invented sex. He pronounced it good (Genesis 1:27-28, 31).

God designed sex for our good and our pleasure.

Sex is beautiful in context. The context is marriage.

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All sexual relations outside of marriage, God says, are out of bounds. This includes premarital sex, cohabitation, homosexuality, and adultery.

Honoring God’s boundaries brings us the greatest good in the long run.

Ignoring His will about sex is self-destructive (1 Corinthians 6:13-20).

Turning to the God who loves us!

“Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled, for fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4).

Good news! When we turn to Him in penitent obedience, He is merciful to forgive (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Titus 3:3-7).

He makes us brand-new people, living for Christ, no longer for ourselves (2 Corinthians 5:14-17).

He loves us that much!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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