“So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Matthew 19:6
One of the areas of false teaching that Paul had Timothy correct concerned marriage. The false teachers were forbidding people to marry. There is no direct scriptural evidence as to why they were forbidding people to marry, but whatever the reasoning, it is not biblical. Jesus taught that what God has ordained should not be looked down upon or forbidden (Matthew 19). Marriage is a beautiful covenant between a husband and wife to their God. However, God does not call everyone to the gift of marriage. Paul himself was single(1 Corinthians 7:7). Some people are called to the gift of singleness/celibacy. But the point remains, marriage is not something that should be forbidden.
It is interesting to me that the teachers in the church of Ephesus were forbidding people to marry. I believe this concept is somewhat foreign to us today as marriage has become irrelevant. It’s been reduced to a piece of paper, a legal document, so why even get married? Well, because it is a gift that God gives to the church. It a gift that the husband gives to his wife each day in a covenant before God. The gift of himself, laying his life down for her, like Christ did for the church. Likewise, marriage is a gift that the wife gives to her husband. The gift of herself each and every day. That she will love, honor and respect him. It’s time the church recaptures the gift of marriage and the gift of singleness/celibacy.
Putting it into Practice
What does your lifestyle say about your views on marriage?
Father we pray for the marriages in our church. We pray You bless them and their commitments to one another. Father may your people take seriously your design for healthy relationships. In Jesus name, Amen