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Till Death Us Do Part

"Till death us do part" (or other variations of it) is a familiar wedding vow to many people, but what purpose, from the ultimate Christian perspective, does it have? Is it intended to mean that two people promise to remain together for the rest of their lives? Yes it does, but from the perspective of salvation, it is a statement (whether the people making it realize it or not) of how physical marriages must end when physical life is left behind.

"For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage"

Marriage was primarily created for the physical stage of life with the purpose of creating children. At the resurrection, there will be no more marriage because the Children Of God will have God as their Father (see Spiritual Conception and Born Again, How and When?). People who were married may-well know each other forever after their resurrection, but as brothers and sisters (and brothers and sisters don't marry) of Jesus Christ i.e. "20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God" (John 20:17 KJV).

Saints One day, the Sadducees, who believed "that there is no resurrection," confronted the Messiah with a question about marriage. Their failure to realize (or admit) that there is coming a resurrection was the reason that they asked the question. Otherwise, they would have already known the answer.

"22:23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection [see Resurrections], and asked him, 22:24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. 22:25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: 22:26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. 22:27 And last of all the woman died also. 22:28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her." (Matthew 22:23-28 KJV)

Jesus' answer to them included the reason why the Sadducees asked the question to begin with i.e. "Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God."

"22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

22:31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 22:32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead [see What Happens When You Die?], but of the living.

22:33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine." (Matthew 22:29-33 KJV)

Fact Finder: What was the ultimate spiritual purpose of the Commandment against adultery?
See Thou shalt not commit adultery
Listen also to the Sermon The Divorce and Remarriage of Jesus Christ from our Sermons page

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