Matthew 19:4b-6: "Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain (two) shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
In baking bread, separate ingredients are mixed together and become one. Those mixed ingredients are then baked. Once baked, you can never separate those ingredients again. The same is true of marriage. Two persons, a man and a woman, become one flesh. One, by its very definition, is indivisible. Marriage is indissoluble. Though separation of two might take place through sin, and though in the case of adultery, there might even be a putting away, or what we call divorce, even then, there is no dissolution of the marriage bond. Which is why, as Jesus explains, there may be no remarriage among those who are put away or divorced. Marriage is for life. No more than the ingredients of a baked loaf of bread can be separated and restored to be mixed into another loaf, can a married man or woman who have become one flesh be so restored to their original single state as to enter another union. Not only is it impossible, but the results of such an attempt can only be a gross perversion of the marriage bond established by God.
This one-flesh relationship is of tremendous significance. For that reason God has also given us the seventh commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” We approach this commandment as those redeemed by Christ. The power of sin, which also affected our marriages, has been broken by Christ, freeing us from the misery into which we had cast ourselves. So marriage, horribly corrupted by the fall into sin, was brought once again under the discipline of God’s loving ordinance. He has done so for our sakes. For that reason, we find in marriage a very special relationship, in which we may glorify God with thankfulness for what He has given us in Christ. Even in single life, we see a unique calling to maintain the sanctity of holy marriage, for the significant place God has given it.
Steven R. Key (Wife: Nancy)
Ordained: September 1986
Pastorates: Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI - 1986; Randolph, WI - 1991; Hull, IA - 2000; Loveland, CO - March 2010Website: https://sites.google.com/site/lovelandprctest1/home
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