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If there is any subject which should be carefully considered, and in which the counsel of older and more experienced persons should be sought, it is the subject of MARRIAGE; if ever the Bible was needed as a counselor, if ever divine guidance should be sought in prayer, it is before taking a step that binds persons together for life. {CE 228.3}
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Christ was present at the creation of the world, as Commander in the heavenly courts. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” John 1:1-5. Adam was appointed to be monarch of the world, under the supervision of God. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let him have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him, male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:26-27. {Ms16-1899}
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of the tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” Genesis1:28-31. {Ms16-1899}
Adam was appointed by God to be monarch of the world, under the supervision of the Creator. “God said, Let us make man in Our image, after our likeness, and let him have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him.” “The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”. Genesis 2:7 . . . “And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an helpmeet for him”. Genesis 2:18 . . . “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh.” Genesis 2:21-24. {ST, August 30, 1899 par. 2} {BEcho, August 28, 1899 par. 1} {BEcho, August 28, 1899 par. 2} {Ms16-1899}
Marriage has received Christ’s blessing, and it is to be regarded as a sacred institution. True religion does not counterwork the Lord’s plans. GOD ORDAINED THAT MAN AND WOMAN SHOULD BE UNITED IN HOLY WEDLOCK, to raise up families that, crowned with honour, would be symbols of the family in heaven. Christ knew all about the human family, and at the beginning of His public ministry Christ gave His decided sanction to the institution that had been sanctioned in Eden. Thus He declared to all that He will not refuse His presence on marriage occasions, and that MARRIAGE, WHEN JOINED WITH PURITY AND HOLINESS, TRUTH AND RIGHTEOUSNESS, IS ONE OF THE GREATEST BLESSINGS EVER GIVEN TO THE HUMAN FAMILY. Priests and popes have made laws forbidding people to marry, and secluding them in monasteries. These laws and restrictions were devised by Satan to place men and women in unnatural positions. Thus Satan has tempted human beings to disregard the law of marriage as a thing unholy, but at the same time he has opened the door for the indulgence of human passion. Thus have come into existence some of the greatest evils which curse our world, — adultery, fornication, and the murder of innocent children born out of wedlock. {BEcho, August 28, 1899 par. 5} {ST, August 30, 1899 par. 5} {Ms16-1899}
God made from man a woman, to be a companion and helpmeet for him, to be one with him, to cheer, encourage, and bless him. And he in his turn is to be her strong helper. All who ENTER THE MATRIMONIAL LIFE WITH A HOLY PURPOSE, the husband to obtain the pure affection of a woman’s heart, the wife to soften and improve her husband’s character, and give it completeness, fulfil God’s purpose for them. Christ came not to destroy the law, but to fulfil its every specification. He came to pull down and destroy the works of oppression that the enemy had raised up everywhere. It was in perfect harmony with His character and work to make known the fact that marriage is a holy institution. He came not to destroy this institution, but to restore it to its original sanctity. He came to restore the moral image of God in man, and He began His work by sanctioning the marriage relation. Thus He who made the first holy pair, and who created for them a paradise, put His seal upon the institution first celebrated in Eden, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy. {ST, September 6, 1899 par. 12}
God has ordained that there should be perfect love and harmony between those who enter into the marriage relation. LET BRIDE AND BRIDEGROOM, IN THE PRESENCE OF THE HEAVENLY UNIVERSE, PLEDGE THEMSELVES TO LOVE EACH OTHER AS GOD HAS ORDAINED THEY SHOULD. Let no draught of unkindness chill the atmosphere of love which should surround them. The wife is to respect and reverence her husband, and the husband is to love and cherish his wife. As the priest of the household, the husband and father should bind his wife and children to his heart. The wife should feel that the large affections of her husband sustain her before her children are born, and after their birth he should co-operate with her in the management of the little ones, who should be wisely, tenderly, and lovingly educated. {BEcho, September 4, 1899 par. 8} {ST, September 6, 1899 par. 9}
Polygamy was practiced at an early date. It was one of the sins that brought the wrath of God upon the antediluvian world. Yet after the Flood it again became widespread. It was Satan’s studied effort to pervert the MARRIAGE INSTITUTION, to weaken its obligations and lessen its SACREDNESS; for in no surer way could he deface the image of God in man and open the door to misery and vice. {PP 338.1 1890}
Jesus came to our world to correct mistakes, to restore the moral image of God in man. Wrong sentiments in regard to marriage had found a place in the minds of the teachers in Israel. They were making of none effect this institution. Man was becoming so hard-hearted that for the most trivial excuse he would separate from his wife, or, if he chose, he would separate her from her children. This was considered a great disgrace, and was often accompanied by the most acute suffering on the part of the discarded one. Christ came to correct these evils, and His first miracle was wrought on the occasion of a marriage. {ST, August 30, 1899 par. 6}
“And the third day there was a marriage at Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there; and both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.” John 2:1-2. {Ms16-1899}
He who gave Eve to Adam as a help-meet performed His first miracle at a marriage festival. In the festal hall, where friends and relatives rejoiced together, Christ commenced His public ministry. {BEcho, August 28, 1899 par. 3} {ST, August 30, 1899 par. 3} {Ms16-1899}
By His presence at this gathering, our Saviour sanctioned marriage, recognizing it as an institution He Himself had formed. In the beginning, WHEN THE SABBATH LAW WAS GIVEN TO MAN, THE MARRIAGE LAW WAS ALSO GIVEN. Then God bestowed on man His two great gifts—woman as a help meet, and the Sabbath as a day of rest. {Ms16-1899} {BEcho, August 28, 1899 par. 4} {ST, August 30, 1899 par. 4}
While Jesus is teaching, there are pleasure-boats upon the water, and it is evident to all that the idlers who occupy them are disreputable characters. The listening people expect Jesus to severely denounce this class, but are surprised when he declares: “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery. But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28. Those who have looked upon the guilty characters who lead lives of sensual dissipation as sinners above all others, are astonished to hear Jesus assert that those who cherish lascivious thoughts are as guilty at heart as the shameless violators of the seventh commandment. Jesus condemned the custom then existing of a man putting away his wife for trivial offenses. This practice led to great wretchedness and crime. Jesus strikes at the primary cause of the laxness with which the marriage relation was held, when he condemns the unholy passions which find the marriage institution a barrier to the gratification of their lust. Christ would have the marriage relation hedged about with judicial restrictions, so that there could be no legal separation between husband and wife, save for the cause of adultery. {4Red 73.1 1877}
“Know ye not, brethren, for I speak to them that know the law, how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he liveth. But if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress. But if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ, that he should be married to another, even to him that is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sin, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held, that we should serve him in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” Romans 7:1-6. {Ms21-1896}
“Ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord; walk as children of light…. proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light; for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil…. Be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; submitting yourselves to one another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church; and He is the Saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh, but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church; for we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery.” Ephesians 5:8-32. If this instruction were heeded by those who enter into the marriage relation, the home life would be pure and elevated, garrisoned by holy love. {ST, September 6, 1899 par. 11} {BEcho, September 4, 1899 par. 10} {Lt111-1901}
I advise you to study this Scripture carefully. It contains lessons for the guidance of every married man and every married woman. Search your heart as with a lighted candle. {Lt111-1901}
The family relationship should be sanctifying in its influence. Christian homes, established and conducted in accordance with God’s plan, are a wonderful help in forming Christian character. Families here should be a symbol of the great family above. Parents and children should unite in offering loving service to Him who alone can keep human love pure and noble. {BEcho, September 4, 1899 par. 9} {ST, September 6, 1899 par. 10}
When sanctification is true and all that the name signifies, the mind is strictly in obedience to the commandments of God. The married man or the married woman will not approach the breaking of the marriage covenant. …. {Ms241-1902}
If this instruction had been heeded by those who enter into the marriage relation, the home life would be pure and elevated, garrisoned by holy love. God made from man a woman, to be a companion and helpmeet for him, to be one with him, to cheer, encourage, and bless him. And he, in his turn, is to be her strong helper. {BEcho, September 4, 1899 par. 11}
All who enter the matrimonial life with a holy purpose, the husband to obtain the pure affections of a woman’s heart, the wife to soften and improve her husband’s character, and give it completeness, fulfil God’s purpose for them. Christ came not to destroy the law, but to fulfil its every specification. He came to pull down and destroy the works of oppression that the enemy had raised up everywhere. It was in perfect harmony with His character and work to make known the fact that marriage is a holy institution. He came not to destroy this institution, but to restore it to its original sanctity. He came to restore the moral image of God in man, and He began His work by sanctioning the marriage relation. Thus He who made the first holy pair, and who created for them a paradise, put His seal upon the institution first celebrated in Eden, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy. {BEcho, September 4, 1899 par. 12}
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Ge1.26 >And God said, Let US make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. {See ep3.9 for identity of US : also he1.2. Man was to be made in the image of God. So the US must have the attributes of God. Obviously, one was God the Father and the other must have come from God.}
Ge1.27 So GOD created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. [mt19.4] {Jesus received all power from His Father [mt28.18]; ultimately it was God who created; not Jesus.}
Ge1.28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
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Ge1.29 >And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Ge1.30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein [there is] life, [I have given] every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Ge1.31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, [it was] very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
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Ge2.7 And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. [1co15.45]
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Ge2.18 >And the LORD God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
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Ge2.21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
Ge2.22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Ge2.23 And Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Ge2.24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. [mt19.5; mk10.7-8; 1co6.16-17; ep5.31]
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Ne13.23 >In those days also saw I Jews [that] had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, [and] of Moab:
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Je3.14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
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Ml2.11 >Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god.
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Mt5.32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
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Mt19.5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? [ge2.24]
Mt19.6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore GOD hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Mt19.7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
Mt19.8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
Mt19.9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except [it be] for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
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Mt19.10 >His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with [his] wife, it is not good to marry.
Mt19.11 But he said unto them, All [men] cannot receive this saying, save [they] to whom it is given.
Mt19.12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from [their] mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive [it], let him receive [it].
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Mt22.1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,
Mt22.2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
Mt22.3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
Mt22.4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and [my] fatlings [are] killed, and all things [are] ready: come unto the marriage.
Mt22.5 But they made light of [it], and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
Mt22.6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated [them] spitefully, and slew [them].
Mt22.7 But when the king heard [thereof], he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
Mt22.8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
Mt22.9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
Mt22.10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
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Mt22.11 >And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
Mt22.12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
Mt22.13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast [him] into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Mt22.14 For many are called, but few [are] chosen.
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Mt22.29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
Mt22.30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
Mt22.31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,
Mt22.32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. [ex3.6,15; ex4.5; mk12.26; lk20.37; ac7.32]
Mt22.33 And when the multitude heard [this], they were astonished at his doctrine.
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Mt22.34 >But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.
Mt22.35 Then one of them, [which was] a lawyer, asked [him a question], tempting him, and saying,
Mt22.36 Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law?
Mt22.37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the LORD THY GOD with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. [de4.29, de6.5, de30.2,6,10; je29.13; mk12.30; lk10.27]
Mt22.38 This is the first and great commandment.
Mt22.39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. [le19.18; mt5.43,19.19; mk12.31; lk10.27; ro13.9; ga5.14]
Mt22.40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
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Mt24.36 >But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but MY FATHER only. [Mk13.32] {Jesus confirms God as His Father in a singular context – no plural God.} {Jesus confirms that the angels are next in rank – not any god the holy spirit.}
Mt24.37 But as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Mt24.38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
Mt24.39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
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Mt25.5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
Mt25.6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Mt25.7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
Mt25.8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
Mt25.9 But the wise answered, saying, [Not so]; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
Mt25.10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Mt25.11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
Mt25.12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
Mt25.13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
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Mk10.6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. [ge5.2]
Mk10.7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;
Mk10.8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. [ge2.24]
Mk10.9 What therefore GOD hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Mk10.10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same [matter].
Mk10.11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.
Mk10.12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.
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Mk12.22 And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also.
Mk12.23 In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.
Mk12.24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
Mk12.25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.
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Lk16.17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.
Lk16.18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from [her] husband committeth adultery.
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Lk17.26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
Lk17.27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
Lk17.28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
Lk17.29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed [them] all.
Lk17.30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
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Lk20.33 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife.
Lk20.34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world (age) marry, and are given in marriage:
Lk20.35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world (age), and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:
Lk20.36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
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Jn1.1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with {the} God, and the Word was God. [{the} occurs in the the Greek Textus Receptus (otherwise known as the Received Text) of the New Testament. This is the koine Greek (or common Greek) from which the King James Version of the bible was translated.]
At John 1:1 there are two occurrences of the Greek noun the·os’ [god]. The first occurrence refers to Almighty God, with whom the Word was [“and the Word [lo’gos] was with God [a form of the·os’]”]. This first the·os’ is preceded by the word ton [the], a form of the Greek definite article that points to a distinct identity, in this case Almighty God [“and the Word was with [the] God”].
Jn1.2 The same was in {the} beginning with God. {Literally in Greek, John 1:2 says: ‘He was in beginning with God.’  Notice that in Greek there is no definite article before the word ‘beginning’.  It makes sense to include the definite article ‘the’ in our English translation for the sake of clarity and English idiom. Thus, ‘He was in the beginning with God.’}
Jn1.3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Jn1.4 IN HIM was life; and the life was the light of men.
Jn1.5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
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Jn2.1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
Jn2.2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
Jn2.3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
Jn2.4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
Jn2.5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do [it].
Jn2.6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
Jn2.7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
Jn2.8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare [it].
Jn2.9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
Jn2.10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: [but] thou hast kept the good wine until now.
Jn2.11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
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Ro7.1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
Ro7.2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to [her] husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of [her] husband.
Ro7.3 So then if, while [her] husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Ro7.4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, [even] to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
Ro7.5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
Ro7.6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not [in] the oldness of the letter.
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1co7.1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: [It is] good for a man not to touch a woman.
1co7.2 Nevertheless, [to avoid] fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
1co7.3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
1co7.4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
1co7.5 Defraud ye not one the other, except [it be] with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
1co7.6 But I speak this by permission, [and] not of commandment.
1co7.7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.
1co7.8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.
1co7.9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
1co7.10 And unto the married I command, [yet] not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from [her] husband:
1co7.11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to [her] husband: and let not the husband put away [his] wife.
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1co7.25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.
1co7.26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, [I say], that [it is] good for a man so to be.
1co7.27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.
1co7.28 But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you.
1co7.29 But this I say, brethren, the time [is] short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;
1co7.30 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;
1co7.31 And they that use this world, as not abusing [it]: for the fashion of this world passeth away.
1co7.32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:
1co7.33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please [his] wife.
1co7.34 There is difference [also] between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please [her] husband.
1co7.35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.
1co7.36 But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of [her] age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry.
1co7.37 Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well.
1co7.38 So then he that giveth [her] in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth [her] not in marriage doeth better.
1co7.39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.
1co7.40 But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.
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Ep5.8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
Ep5.9 (For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Ep5.10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
Ep5.11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].
Ep5.12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
Ep5.13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
Ep5.14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
Ep5.15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Ep5.16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Ep5.17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord [is].
Ep5.18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Ep5.19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Ep5.20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Ep5.21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Ep5.22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
Ep5.23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Ep5.24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in every thing.
Ep5.25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Ep5.26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Ep5.27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Ep5.28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
Ep5.29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
Ep5.30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
Ep5.31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. [ge2.24]
Ep5.32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Ep5.33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife [see] that she reverence [her] husband.
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1ti5.14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
1ti5.15 For some are already turned aside after Satan.
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He13.4 Marriage [is] honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
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Re19.5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.
Re19.6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Re19.7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the MARRIAGE of the LAMB is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
Re19.8 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.
Re19.9 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.
Re19.10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: WORSHIP GOD: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
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God wants the HOME to be the HAPPIEST PLACE on earth, the very symbol of the HOME in HEAVEN. Bearing the MARRIAGE responsibilities in the home, linking their interests with Jesus Christ, learning upon His arm and His assurance, HUSBAND and WIFE may share a happiness in this UNION that angels of God commend. {Ms170-1905}
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It is impossible for man to save himself. Christ’s righteousness alone can avail for his salvation, and this is the GIFT of GOD. This is the wedding garment in which you may appear as a WELCOME GUEST at the MARRIAGE SUPPER of the LAMB. Let faith take hold of Christ without delay, and you will be a new creature in Jesus, a light to the world. Christ is called “The Lord our righteousness.” And through FAITH each one should say, “The Lord my righteousness.” When faith lays hold upon this gift, the praise of God will be upon our lips, and we shall be able to say, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” {BEcho, April 1, 1893 par. 5}
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Lk17.26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
Lk17.27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
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The spirit of intense worldliness that now exists, the disposition to acknowledge no higher claim than that of self-gratification, constitutes one of the signs of the last days. “As it was in the days of Noah,” said Christ, “so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the Flood came, and destroyed them all.” THE PEOPLE OF THIS GENERATION ARE MARRYING AND GIVING IN MARRIAGE with the same reckless disregard of God’s requirements as was manifested in the days of Noah. There is in the Christian world an astonishing, alarming indifference to the teaching of God’s word in regard to the marriage of Christians with unbelievers. Many who profess to love and fear God choose to follow the bent of their own minds rather than take counsel of Infinite Wisdom. In a matter which vitally concerns the happiness and well-being of both parties for this world and the next, reason, judgment, and the fear of God are set aside, and blind impulse, stubborn determination, is allowed to control. ….. All this is as Satan would have it. He weaves his spell about the soul, and it becomes bewitched, infatuated. Reason lets fall the reins of self-control upon the neck of lust, unsanctified passion bears sway, until, too late, the victim awakens to a life of misery and bondage. ….. {5T 365.3 1882-1889}
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Le18.20 Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour’s wife, to defile thyself with her.
Le18.21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through [the fire] to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I [am] the LORD.
Le18.22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.
Le18.23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it [is] confusion.
Le18.24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:
Le18.25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.
Le18.26 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit [any] of these abominations; [neither] any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:
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Le20.10 >And the man that committeth adultery with [another] man’s wife, [even he] that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
Le20.11 And the man that lieth with his father’s wife hath uncovered his father’s nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.
Le20.12 And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood [shall be] upon them.
Le20.13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.
Le20.14 And if a man take a wife and her mother, it [is] wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you.
Le20.15 And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast.
Le20.16 And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.
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De22.5 >The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so [are] abomination unto the LORD thy God.
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Ro1.26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Ro1.27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.
Ro1.28 And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
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1co6.9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1co6.10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1co6.11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
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