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5 Myths People Spread About Jesus, Sex and Gay Marriage

3. Jesus was never married, so He was obviously indifferent to marriage.

The argument about Jesus and marriage goes like this: Jesus, by not getting married, was minimizing the relationship in favor of a more general value of ”love.” However, in a very general sense, Jesus explained why He was not married (and why, for that matter, he didn’t do a lot of other things during His lifetime):

For the son of man has come to seek and save that which was lost. —Lk. 19:10

For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me. —Jn. 6:38

According to Paul’s teaching, marriage for Jesus (and even himself) would have been a distraction because …

… a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife. —I Cor. 7:33

It is true that during His human, earthly ministry, Jesus did not get married. But interestingly, there is New Testament imagery of Jesus being a “bridegroom” (male person in a marriage relationship) who is preparing to come for His bride (female person in a marriage relationship).

For the record, here are the verses that depict a future marriage relationship between Jesus and the church …

Eph. 5:22-33; Rev. 18:23, 19:7, 21:2, 22:17

Paul the Apostle said that the human marriage relationship of one man and one woman is the mysterious symbol of the ultimate consummation of the ages—Jesus (the bridegroom/male) and the church (the bride/female).

There can be no more clear indication of God’s ideal design for marriage than the imagery and symbolism tied to the culmination of the ages in Jesus’ relationship to the church.

Paul’s teaching in Ephesians actually stresses beyond doubt that a one-man + one-woman relationship based on love, submission and respect is the best analogy of the kind of relationship Jesus wants with His church. Indeed, it is the kind of relationship He will have with her for eternity.