As we have observed from previous blogs, God designed marriage to reflect Himself as the creator. But this unique opportunity is not forever. Testing the Lord about the resurrection state, the Sadducees tried to put Jesus in a corner about marriage in heaven.
“And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection” (Luke 20:34–36).
We understand from this text that God intended marriage to be an institution for our time on earth. In the “age” to come, the resurrection, when God will gather His children “and we will always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17), there will no longer need to be a public witness to the world of what marriage represents because it will have its fulfillment in the marriage of the Lamb (Revelation 19:6-9). This places all the more extreme importance on our marriages now. You and I have only this one opportunity to get this principle right and with the Spirit’s help, and reflect the Designer.
“We were made to admire, respect and love someone who has a purpose bigger than ourselves, a purpose centered on God’s untiring work of calling His people home to His heart of love.” (Gary Thomas, Sacred Marriage, Zondervan, 2015, page 243)
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